The town of Index situated deep in the mountains looks like it belongs in Alaska. With incredible granite cliffs, the Skykomish River passing through and a bridge just to get into the town, living in Index makes you a unique character. If the weather didn't stink so bad living in the convergence zone, Index would be a zoo! Maybe that's the secret anyway, most residents of Index don't want that happening. Since Index is about a mile off highway 2, most people have never visited as they race their way up and over Stevens Pass. Index is like small villages in Switzerland that have the mountains rising over 5,000 feet above the narrow valley. The only thing missing are some gondola rides up the hillsides. Index incorporated in 1907 and the town boasts the title of being the smallest town in Western Washington. The founders started building on a mining claim, naming the city after a mountain that looked like an index finger. Of course, Index is the perfect place to live if you are into the outdoors. Activities nearby include white water rafting, rock climbing, steelhead fishing, hiking, backpacking and all types of skiing. Currently, the population is around 150 residents, roughly 80 households and 44 families residing in the town.