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Index is a tiny town in Snohomish County in northwest Washington. As of the 2000 census, the population was 157 permanent residents. Index has a quiet, rustic setting and is known for its hiking, rock climbing and other outdoor adventures in the beautiful Cascades. Climbers and hikers come to the little town of Index, making their way to the trailheads surrounding the cliffs and mountains. Prior to settlement by westerners, the Skykomish Indians lived in the area between Sultan and Index. Fishing the Skykomish River was an important part of their economy. Logging and lumber booms in the latter half of the 1800s lead to the growth of the settlement and a gold strike in 1889 at nearby Monte Cristo fueled another influx of settlers. The town is named for nearby Mount Index. The 500-foot cliffs, known as the Index Town Wall, are popular with rock climbers and they feature some of the most challenging climbing in the state of Washington. The town is also home to the Picket Index Historical Museum that features mining, logging and information on the area's natural disasters. There are a few inns and bed and breakfasts in and around the town of Index.

Surrounding areas: Gold Bar, Washington (7.0 mi), Skykomish, Washington (11.9 mi), Stevens Pass, Washington (22.4 mi), Snoqualmie, Washington (23.8 mi), Snohomish, Washington (26.0 mi), Snoqualmie Pass, Washington (28.4 mi), Issaquah, Washington (29.9 mi)

Index Vacation Rentals

Index Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Dutch Cup MotelSultan, WA12.5 mi.(360) 793-2215
Best Western Baron Inn19233 Hwy 2Monroe, WA19.4 mi.(360) 794-3111
Guesthouse Inn & Suites19103 Hwy 2Monroe, WA19.4 mi.(360) 863-1900
The Salish Lodge37807 Fall City RdSnoqualmie, WA23.8 mi.(206) 888-2556
North Bend Motel322 E North BND WayNorth Bend, WA24.9 mi.(425) 888-1121
The Redmond Inn17601 Redmond WayRedmond, WA27.7 mi.(206) 883-4900
Oakwood Redmond4250 W LK Sammamish PkwyRedmond, WA28.2 mi.(800) 557-5506
Residence Inn Redmond Town Center7575 164th Ave NeRedmond, WA28.3 mi.(425) 497-9226
Redmond Marriott Town Center7401 164th Avenue NERedmond, WA28.4 mi.(425) 498-4000
Oakwood Worldwide/ Canyon Creek18101 126TH Ave NeBothell, WA29.0 mi.(800) 577-5506
Oakwood Worldwide/pinnacle Sonnata23940 40TH Dr SeBothell, WA29.0 mi.(800) 557-5506
Oakwoodworldwide/bristol Farms12007 Ne 204TH PLBothell, WA29.2 mi.(800) 557-5506
Springhill Suites By Marriott3850 Monte Villa PkwyBothell, WA29.3 mi.(425) 398-9700
The Residence Inn By Marriott - Bothell11920 Ne 195TH StBothell, WA29.4 mi.(425) 485-3030
Country Inn & Suites19333 N Creek PkwyBothell, WA29.6 mi.(425) 485-5557
Oakwood Worldwide4622 150TH Ave Ne Ste D-4Redmond, WA29.7 mi.(800) 557-5506
Homestead Studio Suites Hotel15805 NE 28th StBellevue, WA29.8 mi.(425) 885-6675

Index Weather & Climate

Northwest Washington, near Olympic National Park, ,is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the east by the Hood Canal and on the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic Peninsula is anchored by the Olympic Mountains. The region is divided into three basic regions: the Pacific coastline, the Olympic Mountains and the temperate rainforest. No other place in the United States can match its diversity in terrain and weather in such a compact geographic area. Therefore, weather in this region is very difficult to define. The coastal areas have mild weather year round with low fog. Mount Olympus receives a large amount of snow. The rainforest receives annual precipitation of about 150 inches, making this the wettest area in the continental U.S. (the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii gets more rain.)

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 30°F 16.05 in. -
February 45°F 32°F 11.92 in. -
March 51°F 34°F 10.24 in. -
April 58°F 37°F 7.83 in. -
May 65°F 43°F 5.58 in. -
June 69°F 47°F 4.04 in. -
July 75°F 51°F 2.41 in. -
August 75°F 52°F 2.45 in. -
September 70°F 47°F 4.77 in. -
October 59°F 41°F 9.97 in. -
November 46°F 35°F 18.03 in. -
December 40°F 31°F 16.63 in. -

Index Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Snohomish County airport (PAE) located about 34 miles west of Index in Everett, Washington, the Arlington Municipal airport (AWO) located approximately 36 miles northwest of Index in Arlington, Washington, the Renton Municipal airport (RNT) located roughly 38 miles southwest of Index in Renton, Washington, Boeing Field King County International airport (BFI) located around 40 miles west of Index in Seattle, Washington, and finally the Seattle Tacoma International airport (SEA) located about 43 miles southwest of Index in Seattle, Washington.

Index Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Remlinger FarmsCarnationWA20.5 mi.
Fun Forest Amusement ParkSeattleWA39.0 mi.
Wild Waves and Enchanted VillageFederal WayWA49.3 mi.
Puyallup FairPuyallupWA55.8 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Waves Water ParkFederal WayWA49.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Monroe Golf CourseMonroeWA17.8 mi.
Blue Boy West Golf CourseMonroeWA18.9 mi.
Carnation Golf CourseCarnationWA21.8 mi.
Snoqualmie Falls Golf CourseFall CityWA23.6 mi.
Tall Chief Golf CourseFall CityWA23.6 mi.
Twin Rivers Golf CourseFall CityWA23.6 mi.
Mount Si Golf CourseSnoqualmieWA23.7 mi.
Cascade Golf CourseNorth BendWA25.2 mi.
Echo Falls Country ClubSnohomishWA25.6 mi.
Flowing Lake Golf CourseSnohomishWA25.6 mi.
Kenwanda Golf CourseSnohomishWA25.6 mi.
Lobo Country ClubSnohomishWA25.6 mi.
Snohomish Public Golf CourseSnohomishWA25.6 mi.
Wellington Hills Golf CourseWoodinvilleWA27.1 mi.
Trilogy Golf Club at Redmond RidgeRedmondWA28.3 mi.
Willows Run Golf ClubRedmondWA28.3 mi.
Village Greens Golf CoursePort OrchardWA29.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Mission RidgeWenatcheeWA64.1 mi.
State Parks
Wallace Falls State ParkWA5.6 mi. 
Twin Falls State ParkWA27.2 mi. 
Lake Sammamish State ParkWA29.3 mi. 
Bridle Trails State ParkWA31.0 mi. 
Saint Edwards State ParkWA32.9 mi. 
Mukilteo State ParkWA35.5 mi. 
Lake Wenatchee State ParkWA38.7 mi. 
Kanaskat-Palmer State ParkWA38.8 mi. 
Wenberg State ParkWA39.8 mi. 
Snohomish County Museum and Historical AssociationEverettWA31.9 mi.(History)
Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll ArtBellevueWA33.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Nordic Heritage MuseumSeattleWA39.0 mi.(History)
Washington State Museum of History and IndustrySeattleWA39.0 mi.(History)
Burke Museum of Natural History and CultureSeattleWA39.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
University of Washington Fish CollectionSeattleWA39.0 mi.(Science)
Museum of FlightSeattleWA39.0 mi.(Technology)
International Shoah Art MuseumSeattleWA39.0 mi.(Art)
Children's MuseumSeattleWA39.0 mi.(Children's)
Zoos and Aquariums
The Seattle AquariumSeattleWA39.0 mi.
Woodland Park Zoological GardensSeattleWA39.0 mi.
Point Defiance Zoo and AquariumTacomaWA57.1 mi.
Northwest Trek Wildlife ParkEatonvilleWA73.8 mi.

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