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Description - The Flaming Geyser State Park includes the Flaming Geyser Recreation Area, Kummer Bridge Area, the Black Diamond Heritage Area, the Old Town of Franklin Heritage Area, the Hanging Gardens Recreation Area, the Walter A. Jellum Area, the Kanaskat/Palmer Recreation Area, and the Nolte Recreation Area. The developed areas are Flaming Geyser, Nolte, and Kanaskat-Palmer.

The Flaming geyser, and its smaller companion, the Bubbling geyser, are both unique and intriguing features. While only burning six to ten inches high now, in its younger days the Flaming geyser burned several feet high with higher gushes of fire and water. It was even featured in "Ripley's Believe It or Not".

Located at the downstream end of the Green River gorge, Flaming Geyser State Park Recreation Area is a popular take-out point for rafters and kayakers enjoying whitewater adventures in the gorge. During summer low-water levels, the park is very popular with people floating on inner tubes, air mattresses, and other floating devices.

The Green River is usually one of the top ten steelhead fishing rivers in Washington, especially in the winter months.

Park amenities include 38 miles of roads and trail throughout the Gorge Area, parking for 256 cars with 200 additional overflow parking spaces and a former YDCC lodge. Picnic facilities consist of six picnic shelters, 172 picnic tables, seven fire pits, 30 grills on pedestals and two restrooms. A group day use reservation system accepts groups of up to 500.

Recreation - Some of the activities enjoyed in the park are picnicking, hiking, fishing, day use, kayaking, rafting, tube floating, and bird watching.

Climate - Washington's climate varies with each region. The Cascades split the state and alter weather patterns. Moisture bearing winds coming from the west give generous amounts of precipitation to the western slopes of the mountains, with wintertime snow above about 3000 feet. This area has an average annual precipitation of 87 inches and an average wintertime snow depth of 87 inches.

Average maximum summer temperatures are in the mid to high 60s with a minimum average in the mid 40s. Because of the elevation and distance from the moderating oceans, winter temperatures are much colder than those in in the Seattle area, with minimum temperatures in the 20s and maximum temperatures in the 30s.

Location - Flaming Geyser State Park (and the Green River Gorge Recreation Area) is a conservation area located in King County, 2.5 miles south of Black Diamond and eight miles north of Enumclaw off State Highway 169.


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Filed By: Gertrude McWill (Edina, MN)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: We have wonderful memories of Flaming Geyser. It's really sad that this former jewel of a park been ruined to serve a small number of people who want to fly model airplanes. There's nothing wrong with model airplanes per se, but why not fly them in an industrial area where the incessant and obnoxious whine wouldn't destroy the enjoyment of other people trying to enjoy a quiet stroll through the meadow in a public park? It's fine if model airplane enthusiasts want to enjoy their hobby, but not in a state park at other's expense! What public officials were paid-off to allow this to happen? This is poor public policy and contradicts the mission of the state parks. Change Flamining Geyser back the way it was!

Filed By: Tiffany W. (Tacoma, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Not much of a geyser but the park itself is great. There was lots going on at this park. We enjoyed a peaceful picnic lunch on the banks of the Green River. The kids loved the playground (where we saw deer tracks!) and the trails. It was too mucky to check out the Bubbling Geyser this time but we'll be back & give it another shot!


More Information

Contact Information:
Flaming Geyser State Park, Green River Gorge Area Parks, 23700 S.E. Flaming Geyser Rd. , Auburn, WA, 98092, Phone: 253-931-3930, Fax: 253-931-6379

Additional Information:
Seattle Area/Volcano Country - This is Volcano Country, home of three volcanoes and a gorge, all in remarkably close proximity to urban centers, from Portland to Puget Sound. This region includes the Seattle and Tacoma metropolitan areas as well as Vancouver, Washington.
Washington State Parks - Washington has 149 state parks located around the state.

Links:
Washington State Parks - Official Agency Website

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