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Things to Do

Near Index, WA

Return Year After Year To Enjoy All That Index Has To Offer!

From hiking and photography, to whitewater rafting and world-class climbing, Index is truly the center of an outdoor paradise! Many activities are located right out the Bush House Inn’s front door, while others are just around the corner. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite activities and sights here to get you started:

Index Pickett Museum

Come explore the rich history of the Town of Index through photos, stories and displays.

The Index-Pickett Historical Museum is in the former home of nationally known photographer Lee Pickett whose collection of glass and film negatives is held at the University of Washington’s Allen Library, Special Collections. The museum documents Index area history using his photos as well as hundreds of images and artifacts contributed by the community since Pickett’s death.

You will find not only exhibits but videos, a computer photo catalog, and a computer mapping system for comparing town property ownership decade by decade.

Hours: The Pickett Museum is open from 1pm to 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend through September and offers private/custom mid-week tours by appointment.

Outdoor Adventure Center

The Outdoor Adventure Center (located 1 block from the Bush House Inn) is our partner in providing incredible guided river adventures and outdoor activities for all ages and adventure levels. Be sure to check out their e-bike rentals!

In season, Outdoor Adventure Center offers guided rafting trips from mild to wild! Your family can enjoy rafting, family-friendly river float trips, inflatable kayaking tours, whitewater kayak instruction, kayak roll classes, swiftwater rescue training, custom team building events, youth classes and summer camps, and so much more.

You can inquire about their available activities when you arrive in Index, or schedule your adventure ahead of your arrival.

E-Bike Rentals at Outdoor Adventure Center

RAD Power E-Bike Rentals from Outdoor Adventure Center in Index. Located at the intersection of 5th Street and Index Avenue the Outdoor Adventure Center is a great place to connect with local guides for equipment and advice on the area’s great destinations. E-bikes allow you to cover more ground faster and see more!

Range: 40+ miles depending on the size of rider, type of terrain, and level of assist.
Speed: Electric motor unassisted up to 20 mph.

  • 4″ tires and quality shocks make for excellent road handling – even on the gravel.
  • All riders must wear a helmet and sign a waiver.
  • A short training session from our staff is required prior to rental.

Minimum ages to pedal an eBike:

  • Minimum age: 12 (Adult signature required under 18 years old)
  • Minimum height 5’0″
  • Minimum age to rent is 18

Half-day and Full-day rates.

Hiking Near Index, WA

There are many trails, lakes, waterfalls, and viewpoints to explore near Index, Washington and throughout the Skykomish River Valley! Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll, or a challenging climb, there are several options for you. Check the lobby for hiking information!

Popular local hiking trails include;

  • Wallace Falls
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Lake Serene
  • Heybrook County Park
  • Heybrook Lookout
  • Deception Falls
  • Index Wall
  • Index Flagpole (picnic point)

Most of our area hiking trails are accessible from May through October, though this can vary from season to season depending on the snow level and other factors. We suggest checking the recent trail reports on the Washington Trail Association website when planning your trip.

Milkwood on Main
Milkwood on Main is your place to find quality, creative, locally sourced and handmade furniture, apparel, home decor and more! Originally located in the Bush House gift shop next door to the Inn, Milkwood is now thriving in its new location in Monroe!

Allan is a remodeler, cabinet-maker and solid wood furniture maker. Frances is an artist who creates colorful clothing and home decor under the brand Edie Everette. Their store carries rotating works made by artisans they love.