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    ASAHEL CURTIS NATURE TRAIL - Length: 0.5 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 180 ft. This trail is a short, easy walk through one of the few remaining stand of old growth forest in the Snoqualmie Valley. It crosses Humpback Creek several times before rising gently into a grove of mature Douglas fir, western hemlock and western red cedar. DIRECTIONS: Take exit 47 off I-90. Go south, and then turn left on Rd. 55 and drive 0.5 miles to the large parking lot. Trail begins at east end of parking lot. Northwest Pass required.

    WEEKS FALLS - Length: 0.5 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 20 ft. Located in Olallie State Park, on the South Fork Snoqualmie River, it is also one of the most accessible waterfalls in our region. If you’re looking for an introductory hike for children with great river views, Weeks Falls is the place. Downstream of the falls is a hydrogeneration facility. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take Exit 38. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto Old Highway 10. Follow Old Highway 10 for approximately 0.8 miles to the signed Olallie State Park entrance on the left. Proceed down the entrance road and turn left into the parking area. A parking permit is not required.

    DECEPTION CRAGS TRAIL - Length: 1 mile roundtrip, Elevation gain: 250 ft. This easy walk provides some unique opportunities to view the local wildlife—Craggius rattius, better known as crag rats. These human creepy crawlers can be found hanging from their fingertips all along the rocky walls towering over the Iron Horse Trail near the Change Creek canyon. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 38. Turn right onto Old US 10 and, after crossing the South Fork Snoqualmie River, continue on this road as it veers left. About 0.7 mile from the freeway, find a parking area just before crossing Change Creek (if you find yourself on a rickety old bridge, you've gone a bit too far). Discover Pass required.

    TRADITION LAKE LOOP - Length: 2.9 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 150 ft. An easy hike around a popular lake right off of I-90. Wheelchair accessible and open all year round. DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 20 off of I-90. Turn south on 270th Ave SE, then turn right onto SE 79th St. In 0.4 miles the road will end at a gate. The gate is open dawn through dusk, so park outside the gate if you’ll be returning late in the day. Otherwise, continue another 0.4 miles to the Tradition Plateau trailhead. Discover Pass required.

    FRANKLIN FALLS & WAGON ROAD - Length: 2 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 400 ft. This trail is an easy walk along the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River to Franklin Falls, a nice spot for picnicking or sunbathing. Turning right about 0.25 miles before reaching the falls takes you on a loop to explore the original Snoqualmie Pass Wagon Road. DIRECTIONS: Take exit 47 off I-90. Go north; turn right at the T, and in ¼ mile turn left on Denny Creek Road 58. Follow this road 2 ½ miles; just beyond the campground turn left on a paved road. In 200’, parking is on the left and trailheads are on the right.

    TWIN FALLS TRAIL - Length: 3.5 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 500 ft. This is a fairly easy trail along the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River. The Twin Falls trail has become very popular since it was built, and it is usually in very good condition. DIRECTIONS: From Snoqualmie continue on Railroad Ave/HWY 202 - E into North Bend. Turn left at the first light onto North Bend Way. Follow North Bend Way to 468th Ave. Take a right on 468th Avenue SE and proceed about 0.5 miles. Immediately before the South Fork Snoqualmie River bridge, turn left (east) on SE 159th Street and drive 0.5 miles to the trailhead parking lot at the road's end.  Discover Pass required.

    DENNY CREEK - Length: 6 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 1300 ft. One of the most family friendly trails in the region. Denny Creek is spectacular with numerous waterfalls and pools. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 47. Turn left at the stop sign, then turn right at the “T”. In 0.25 miles, turn left onto Denny Creek Road #58. Follow this road 2.5 miles. Just beyond the campground, turn left onto a paved road. Continue 0.25 miles to end of road at the trailhead. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    TALAPUS AND OLALLIE LAKES - Length: 6.2 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 1200 ft. These easy-to-reach lakes receive a lot of visitors every sunny summer weekend. By mid-August, the snow-fed lakes have warmed enough that you can take a swim without turning blue. Even if cool mountain lake swimming isn’t your bag, there’s still a lot to keep kids occupied. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 45. Turn left, and drive under the freeway on FR 9030. In 1 mile, follow the road around to the right at a junction. Continue straight on a gravel road to the trailhead at the road's end. Northwest Forest Pass and Alpine Lakes Wilderness Permit required.

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    MOUNT CATHERINE - Length: 3.0 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 1330 ft. The route is short, and the close-in views encompass sprawling clear-cuts. You’ll find fine views from Mount Catherine once you lift your eyes above the logging scars on the slopes below. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 54. Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp. Cross State Route 906; the road turns into Hyak Dr NE 0.2 miles later. Proceed on Hyak Dr NE until the paved road ends in 0.6 miles, and the road becomes FR-9070. Continue on FR-9070 for 4.4 miles until you see a sign on the right for trail #1348. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    CEDAR BUTTE - Length: 3.5 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 900 ft. The trip up Cedar Butte is an easy to moderate hike, complete with views across North Bend to Mt. Si. Connects with the John Wayne Trail. DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 32 off of I-90, then turn south onto Cedar Falls Road. Drive about 4.5 miles, passing the Rattlesnake Lake parking area, until you find the Iron Horse Trailhead parking area on the left. Discover Pass Required.

    RATTLESNAKE LEDGE - Length: 4 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 1160 ft. This is a fine, quick hike on a well-maintained, albeit busy trail through the forest with views of the Cedar River watershed, Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake Lake and Chester Morse Lake. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 32. Turn right onto 436th Avenue SE. Proceed about four miles down the road to the Rattlesnake Lake parking lot on the right. No permit required.

    LITTLE SI - Length: 4.7 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 1300 ft. Though shorter than its brother Mount Si, Little Si has a peak that supplies phenomenal portraits of the valley and the surrounding peaks. Mount Si and Mount Washington can easily be viewed on a clear day from your standing elevation of 1,550 feet. DIRECTIONS: Traveling on I-90 East, take exit 32 and turn left onto 426th Ave SE. Head 0.5 miles on 436 Ave SE and take a left on SE North Bend Way. Proceed 0.3 miles and turn right on SE Mount Si Road. The main parking lot for Little Si will be 0.4 miles on your left as the road straightens out after the bend. Discover Pass required.

    SOURCE LAKE - Length: 6 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 700 ft. If you want to see the headwaters of the mighty Snoqualmie River, head for the source: Source Lake, that is. It's a modest pond, but the setting is remarkable. In the distance, Chair Peak stands tall at the end of a jagged ridge rising over the far side of the valley. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 52, signed for Snoqualmie Pass West. Turn left (north), crossing under the freeway, and continue to the end of the road at the Alpental Ski Area parking lot. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    ANNETTE LAKE - Length: 7.5 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 1400 ft. The first ¾ mile crosses old clear cuts and enters old growth on the south side of the John Wayne Trail. From here the switchbacks continue up the mountain for 2 miles. The last mile levels out and ends at Annette Lake. The north shore is daily-use only. DIRECTIONS: Take exit 47 off I-90. Go south, and then turn left on Rd. 55 and drive 0.5 miles to the large parking lot. The trail begins at the east end of the parking lot. Head past the Asahel Curtis Nature Trail, up the gravel road and to the left. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    DIRTY HARRY’S BALCONY - Length: 6 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 1300 ft. Harvey Manning christened the eastmost peak of West Defiance Ridge “Dirty Harry’s Peak” in recognition of Harry Gault, whose logging operations were notorious for both their devastating thoroughness and ingenuity. This trail leads to a rocky overlook from which you can see Mt. Kent, McClellan Butte, and Mt. Washington. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90 and take exit 38. Turn right and follow the signs to "State Fire Training Center,” driving 1.8 miles. Turn left at the intersection to go under the freeway. 0.2 miles later, you will come to a gate. Don’t risk getting locked in (there are hefty fines); park just outside this gate. Discover Pass required.

    MELAKWA LAKE TRAIL - Length: 8.5 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 2500 ft. Enjoy the hike to this beautiful pair of alpine lakes. (“Melakwa” is Chinook for “mosquito.”) At just over 1 mile is a popular natural feature known as the Denny Creek Water Slide. To get to the smaller Upper Melakwa Lake, continue 0.2 miles along the left side of the lake. On the return, remember to take the upper trail at the junction 100 feet past the logjam, to climb back up to Hemlock Pass. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take Exit 47. Take exit 47 off I-90. Turn left at the end of the ramp, then turn right at the T. After 0.25 miles, turn onto Denny Creek Rd 58. Follow road 2.5 miles; just beyond the campground turn left on a paved road. Continue 0.5 mile to end of road at trailhead. Parking is limited. Northwest Forest Pass required.

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    MOUNT SI - Length: 8 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 3150 ft. To call Mount Si a popular trail is an understatement. It is hiked each year by upwards of 100,000 people. The summit gives an overlook of the Snoqualmie Valley, Seattle, and the Olympics. You can also gaze up at the Haystack, Mount Si’s true summit, as well as the lower western summit. DIRECTIONS: Heading East on I-90, take exit 32. Turn left onto 436th Ave SE. Follow 436th to its end then turn left onto SE North Bend Way. Turn right onto SE Mt. Si Road and follow it 2.4 miles. Entrance to the trailhead will be on the left. Discover Pass required.

    BANDERA MOUNTAIN - Length: 8 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 3400 ft. The first summit, Little Bandera, provides an excellent vantage of the ridge and meadows to the south, as well as across I-90 to nearby peaks like McClellan Butte and the ubiquitous Rainier. Turning around here gives you a round trip hike of 7 miles. If you must press on to the true summit, know that the trail gets hard to follow. DIRECTIONS: Take exit 45 off of I-90 and turn north onto FR 9030. A little over three quarters of a mile from the exit, stay left onto FR 9031. Follow it to its end and the trailhead for the Ira Spring Trail #1038. Road is one-lane gravel and dirt. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    BARE MOUNTAIN - Length: 8.6 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 3300 ft. The site of a former fire lookout, the summit has a viewpoint with mountains in every direction and lakes close by. Look for Mt. Rainier in the south, Glacier Peak and Mt. Baker in the north, and the Olympics in the far west. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 31. Turn right on North Bend Way. At Chaplin’s car dealership, turn left on Ballarat. Follow the road approximately 4 miles to a fork, and stay to the left onto North Fork Road. Drive approximately 18 miles to a junction where Rd. 57 turns left and crosses the river. At the next junction follow Rd. 57 to the right. Continue on this road for 3 miles and park on the right side of the road. Trailhead is on the left. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    MIDDLE FORK SNOQUALMIE RIVER TRAIL - Length: 12 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 200 ft. This hike along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River opens up to good views of Mt. Garfield and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. There are great spots for turnarounds for day hikers, as well as further exploring for backpackers. DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 34 from I-90. Turn left (north) and proceed 0.5 miles past the truck stop. Turn right onto the SE Middle Fork Road (FS Rd #56). The road splits but they join up again. Go 11.8 miles to the Gateway parking area and Middle Fork trailhead. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    OTTER FALLS – TAYLOR RIVER TRAIL - Length: 10 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 650 ft. The trail takes off from the Snoqualmie Lake Trailhead. The Taylor River rushes past you along the trail, and Otter Falls is visible at the hike’s summit. Take a short path down to the small beach in front of Otter Falls for a spectacular view. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 34. Turn left onto 468th Street and follow it about 0.3 miles. Turn right and head up Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. The road forks with Lake Dorothy Road; stay left. Take a left at the stop sign back onto Middle Fork Road. At the junction with Taylor River Road, take the left fork and continue about half a mile to the small parking area. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    ROCK CREEK FALLS - Length: 11 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 2100 ft. The grandest views start at 3.5 miles, where you can stare out over the valley at the massive face of Mount Garfield.  The trail continues to weave upward through to a stunning view up through the headwater basin of Rock Creek and the Rock Creek Falls. DIRECTIONS: Heading East on I-90, take exit 34. Turn left onto 468th Street and follow it about 0.3 miles. Turn right and head up Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. The road forks with Lake Dorothy Road; stay left. Take a left at the stop sign back onto Middle Fork Road. At the junction with Taylor River Road, continue east on Forest Road 5620 about 5 miles to the Dingford Creek trailhead. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    TIGER MOUNTAIN TRAIL - Length: 15.2 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 2360 ft. A long, ambling, quiet, forested maze. The routes sample most of Tiger Mountain with opportunities for side trails. This hike is considered mildly strenuous. DIRECTIONS: From I-90, take Exit 17 and head south on Front Street. Front Street continues onto Issaquah-Hobart Road. Just before the Highway 18 overpass, turn left onto Tiger Mountain Road SE. Proceed 0.2 miles and look for places to park along the left shoulder of the road. There is no official trailhead parking so this is your only option. Discover Pass required.  

    MOUNT DEFIANCE - Length: 11 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 3600 ft. Climb steadily uphill and, in a half-mile, come to Mason Creek. Mason Creek, in late spring or summer, is easily crossed on boulders or small logs. The trail emerges onto boulder fields, but with comfortable footing. Farther along, the trail forks; a small sign will direct you to the right fork for the Main Trail. Mount Defiance is an exceptional viewpoint for learning the layout of the surrounding terrain. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take Exit 45. The pavement ends in a quarter mile.  0.5 miles, take the left branch of the fork onto Road 9031. After about 3 miles, you will reach the large parking area for the Ira Spring Trail. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    MCCLELLAN BUTTE - Length: 9 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 3700 ft. This trail is largely for those interested in heading up, steeply. Moderated with switchbacks at times, and with a gradual traverse when you need it, the rewards here are not without effort. The actual summit is a rock-scramble, but views from the top encompass the full range of I-90 peaks, Snoqualmie Pass, and much of the Alpine Lake Wilderness. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take Exit 42. Turn right at the stop sign at the end of the ramp. Pass the Department of Transportation facility and continue a hundred yards or so. Main parking area will be on the right. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    MOUNT TENERIFFE - Length: 13.8 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain3800 ft. Mt. Si’s neighbor to the east. Strenuous, but makes an excellent winter combo hike and snowshoe trip. Summer and spring hiking is also excellent. DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 32 from I-90, turn left over the freeway, drive 0.5 miles then turn left onto SE North Bend Way. Drive 0.25 miles east then turn right onto SE Mt Si Road. Drive approximately 3.5 miles to a parking area near a school bus turnaround. The trail starts at a gated forest road and most of the route is old road except the final mile on the trail. Discover Pass required.

    GRANITE MOUNTAIN - Length: 8.6 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 3800 ft. Though the ascent is long and in midsummer can be blistering hot, the upper slopes are a delightful garden of granite and flowers and a panorama to Mount Rainier south, to Mount Baker and Glacier Peak north, to Chimney Rock and Mount Stuart east, and infinitely more in-between peaks, valleys, and lakes. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 47. Turn left at to cross over the freeway. Make another left at the "T" intersection, and park at the Pratt Lake Trailhead. Northwest Pass required.

    MAILBOX PEAK - Length: 9.4 miles roundtrip, Elevation gain: 4000 ft. Strenuous hike with great view of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding Cascades on a clear day. During the winter this is an excellent snowshoe hike. And there really is a mailbox at the peak as well as a fire hydrant in memory of fallen firefighters from 9/11. DIRECTIONS: From I-90 take Exit 34 and go north past the truck stop. Turn right onto SE Middle Fork Road (FS Rd #56). After 2.5 miles, the asphalt turns to a gravel road. There is a parking area on the left side of the road. Discover Pass required.

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    ANNETTE LAKE TRAIL 1019 – Length: 7.8 miles roundtrip; Elevation gain: 3900 ft. Cross Humpback Creek and climb steadily and sometimes steeply up the western slope of Silver Peak. Traveling south through old clear-cuts, cross the abandoned Milwaukee Road railroad line, now John Wayne Trail. The trail ends near the lake outlet with good campsites across the outlet on the northwest side of the southwest section of the lakeshore. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 54 and turn right at the end of the ramp. Cross Hwy 906. Go through 3-way stop on Hyak Dr. E (paved road). Go straight ahead into gravel parking lot for ski area. Do not park in condo parking lot. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    COLD CREEK ROAD 9070 – Length: 10 miles roundtrip; Elevation gain: 1200 ft. Continue up the Cold Creek drainage, sometimes in forest, sometimes across open slopes, to Windy Pass. Roads beyond the pass are on private land. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 54 and turn right at the end of the ramp. Cross Hwy 906. Go through 3-way stop on Hyak Dr. E (paved road). Go straight ahead into gravel parking lot for ski area. Do not park in condo parking lot. No parking permit is required.

    DUTCH MILLER GAP TRAIL 1030 – Length: 15.4 miles roundtrip; Elevation gain: 1400 ft. The road climbs steeply to Hardscrabble Horse Camp with open views of rockslides, waterfalls and jagged peaks. At about 7.7 miles the road/trail ends at the horse camp. Bicycles are not allowed beyond this point. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 34. Then follow 468th Avenue north. In 0.6 miles turn right onto the Middle Fork Road (Forest Service road 56). Stay on Forest Service road 56 for 12.0 miles, at which point it veers to the right. Continue for another 5 miles; the parking area is on the right side of the road and the trailhead is on the left. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    HYAK LAKE FS ROAD 9070-110 – Length: 5 miles roundtrip; Elevation gain: 1000 ft. From the parking lot, go back to 3-way stop and turn left into Hyak Estates (private residential community) on Snoqualmie Dr. E. Follow this paved road uphill through a switchback to the right side of the ski hill. At the beginning of the second switchback, turn sharp left at the yield sign onto Innsbruck Drive; then turn right onto Road 9070-110, which becomes a gravel road. Please respect private property owners’ rights. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 54 and turn right at the end of the ramp. Cross Hwy 906. Go through 3-way stop on Hyak Dr. E (paved road). Go straight ahead into gravel parking lot for ski area. Do not park in condo parking lot. No parking permit is required.

    LENNOX CREEK ROAD 57 – Length: 12 miles roundtrip; Elevation gain: 1500 ft. Follow Road 57, the Lennox Creek Road, in the bottom of a scenic gorge. Hiking trail access to Bare Mountain and Lennox Creek trails. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 31 and turn left at the end of the ramp. Go to the third stoplight and turn right on North Bend Way. At the car dealership, turn left on Ballarat Street. Go 4.2 miles to the junction. Turn left (uphill) on North Fork County Road. Drive 16.2 miles to the Forest boundary, where the North Fork County Road becomes Forest Service Road 57. No parking permit is required.

    MCCLELLAN BUTTE TRAIL 1015 – Length: 9 miles roundtrip; Elevation gain: 3700 ft. The viewpoint at the end of the trail is a good place to stop and enjoy the scenery of the Snoqualmie Valley stretched out below. From the end of the trail, a short exposed scramble leads to the summit of McClellan Butte. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 42. Turn right at the stop sign, cross the S. Fork Snoqualmie River. Travel 0.3 of a mile on gravel FS Road #55. Turn right at the McClellan Butte trailhead sign. Trailhead is at the end of the road. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    MIDDLE FORK TRAIL 1003 – Length: 28 miles roundtrip; Elevation gain: 1800 ft.  You can follow the Middle Fork Trail for miles on trail and abandoned 1930s-era railroad beds through mature second-growth forests with remnant old-growth trees and snags with occasional views of Garfield Mountain and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit #34. Drive north on 468th Avenue. In 0.6 miles, turn right onto SE Middle Fork Road (Forest Service Road #56). The large and well-marked Middle Fork trailhead parking lot is on the right side of the road at 11.5 miles. The south end of the lot is intended for stock users; hiker access is from the north end of the lot, directly ahead when entering the lot. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    NORTH FORK ROAD 5730 – Length: 8 miles roundtrip; Elevation gain: 1000 ft. Follow Forest Service Road 57 to the junction of Roads 57 and 5730. Bike Road 5730 for 4 miles to road end. Views of local peaks, and side roads to explore. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 31 and turn left at the end of the ramp. Go to the third stoplight and turn right on North Bend Way. At the car dealership, turn left on Ballarat Street. Go 4.2 miles to the junction. Turn left (uphill) on North Fork County Road. Drive 16.2 miles to the Forest boundary, where the North Fork County Road becomes Forest Service Road 57. No parking permit is required.

    QUARTZ CREEK ROAD 5640 – Length: 6 miles roundtrip; Elevation gain: 1600 ft. Bike the Taylor River Road to a junction at 0.3 mile. The left fork enters the Quartx Creek drainage, climbing to views of Garfield Mountain and the Middle Fork valley. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 34 and turn left at the end of the ramp. Continue about 0.5 miles to the Lake Dorothy Road (Middle Fork Road 56). Turn right. Drive 12.4 miles to junction of Forest Service Roads 56 and 5640. Continue straight ahead on Road 5640 for 0.2 miles, parking near the gate. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    SNOQUALMIE LAKE TRAIL 1002 – Length: 22 miles roundtrip; Elevation gain: 2600 ft. Abandoned spur roads and paths lead down to the Taylor River for a picnic or a dip in the river on a hot day. Check out the pool and falls, best seen from the wooden footbridge crossing Marten Creek. Follow the trail along the lake before climbing steep switchbacks to Deer and Bear Lakes and finally arrive at a pass at milepost 10.  Here the trail becomes Dorothy Lake Trail 1072 and descends to Lake Dorothy. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 34. Turn north on Edgewick Road. In 0.6 mile turn right onto SE Middle Fork Road (Forest Service road 56). Stay on Forest Service road 56 for 12.2 miles just after the bridge crossing. Continue on the left fork to the Taylor River Road (Forest Service 5620). In another 0.4 mile, park at the gate. The trailhead is beyond the gate, across the Taylor River Bridge. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    TAYLOR RIVER ROAD 5640-101 – Length: 12 miles roundtrip; Elevation gain: 600 ft. From the Taylor River parking area, cross the river on the bridge, following the abandoned road 6 miles up the valley to road end and hiking trial access. Road passes numerous creeks and offers views of the surrounding mountains. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 34 and turn left at the end of the ramp. Continue about 0.5 miles to the Lake Dorothy Road (Middle Fork Road 56). Turn right. Drive 12.4 miles to junction of Forest Service Roads 56 and 5640. Continue straight ahead on Road 5640 for 0.2 miles, parking near the gate. Northwest Forest Pass required.

    UPPER MIDDLE FORK ROAD 56 – Length: 24 miles roundtrip; Elevation gain: 1800 ft. Beginning at the Taylor River parking area, bike 0.2 miles back to the junction. Proceed left on the Middle Fork Road, riding through the forest, along the river, and climbing to views near the road end at Hardscrabble Creek. 12 miles one way, 1800 ft elevation gain. DIRECTIONS: Heading east on I-90, take exit 34 and turn left at the end of the ramp. Continue about 0.5 miles to the Lake Dorothy Road (Middle Fork Road 56). Turn right. Drive 12.4 miles to junction of Forest Service Roads 56 and 5640. Continue straight ahead on Road 5640 for 0.2 miles, parking near the gate. Northwest Forest Pass required.

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    SNOQUALMIE VALLEY TRAILPart of the King County Regional Trail system, the 31.5 mile Snoqualmie Valley trail extends from Duvall all the way to Rattlesnake Lake in North Bend along the old Milwaukee Railroad bed. It crosses a number of old bridges and trestles. Much of the trail's length is lined by trees and fields, but as it passes through towns you may encounter road crossings; one section between North Bend and Fall City is missing, and horseback trail users who wish to travel through must take the road for a number of miles before rejoining the railroad bed again through the Three Forks Natural Area. 

    TOKUL TRAILSThis is the name given to the trails east of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail near Fall City by mountain bikers, named after their access points off of Tokul Road and the general location around Tokul Creek. The trails themselves consist of a vast mix of single-track trails and logging access roads -- when you run out of single-track in one spot, ride down a road and find more.

    IRON HORSE TRAILAlso known as the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, this rail-trail runs along the I-90 corridor in the bed of the former Milwaukee Railroad. Starting at the Rattlesnake Lake parking area, the trail climbs very slowly up to just below Snoqualmie Pass, where it enters a 2.3 mile tunnel. Riders planning to enter the tunnel should remember to bring warm waterproof clothing, as it is cold and damp inside the tunnel, and at LEAST a headlamp and backup light.

    RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAINThe trails on Rattlesnake Mountain are actually all old logging roads, and the footpath was carved by various local trail organizations. The trailhead starts in Snoqualmie Point Park by the map near the restrooms; horses are permitted on the path until you reach the logging road intersection in a few hundred feet, then you'll turn left on the gravel road while the hikers go straight ahead.

    GRAND RIDGEThe Grand Ridge trails extend, with a few branches, from I-90 at the south edge to near the Issaquah-Fall City road on the north side. The 9.5 miles of trails are accessed from the Issaquah-High Point Trail. The initial climb from the flat Issaquah Trail up onto the Ridge is long and steep, but the rest of the trail system is rolling forestland, including stands of large red cedars.

    SQUAK MOUNTAIN - The middle peak of the "Issaquah Alps" has horse trails leading from its south parking lot. The rest of the trails are hiker-only, so pay attention to the signs. The 7 miles of trails here are steep but lovely, so make sure your horse is in decent condition, and take your time to enjoy the woods.

    TIGER MOUNTAIN STATE FORESTTiger Mountain is a "working forest" southeast of Issaquah that features a network of trails and roadways, many of which are open to equestrians. Trails vary from wooded single-track trails that can be steep to open gravel logging roads. Some trails run over former narrow-gauge railway beds that led to old logging and mining sites. 

    COUGAR MOUNTAINCougar Mountain has seen lots of history over the years, and some remnants of it remain in the form of logging roads, mining railway beds, mine shafts, and the old Nike missile site. Aside from that, the 12 mile trail has a peaceful wildlife area amid the suburban eastside bustle, criss-crossed with trails of various sizes and slopes. The park is a favorite for groups and families that want to get out in the wilderness and see some history, but not travel too far.

    SOARING EAGLE PARKSoaring Eagle is a forested park at the eastern edge of the Sammamish Plateau. Its 12 miles of varied and well-marked trails are maintained by community groups and bicycle organizations as well as the Parks department. Being at the edge of suburbia, you will often encounter other trail users here.

    Northwest Forest Pass & Discover Pass Information Northwest Forest Pass & Discover Pass Information

     

    Why do I need a pass?
    Discover Pass: Due to state budget cuts, certain parks have created a pay-for-recreation program to help maintain the hiking trails.
    Northwest Forest Pass: Helps pay for maintenance and care of parks.

    How much are the passes?
    Discover Pass: 
    $30/annual or $10/day
    Northwest Forest Pass: $30/annual or $5/day

    Where can I find one?
     

    Discover Pass

    Northwest Forest Pass

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    (425) 837-8185
    1810 12th AVE NW
    Issaquah, WA 98027

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    (425) 416-1100
    6100 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy
    Issaquah, WA 98029

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    (425)-788-5487
    15320 Brown Ave
    Duvall, WA 98019

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    (425) 888-1242
    330 Main Ave S
    North Bend, WA 98045

    North Bend Shell
    (425)-888-4858
    225 East North Bend Way
    North Bend, WA 98045

    www.discoverpass.wa.gov

    Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center
    (425) 434-6111
    69805 State Route 906
    Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068

    North Bend Ranger Station
    (425) 888-1421
    902 SE North Bend Way, Building 1
    North Bend, WA 98045

    Snoqualmie Ranger District
    (425) 888-1421
    42404 SE North Bend Way
    North Bend, WA 98045

    Mt. Si Shell
    (425) 888-3456
    742 SW Mt. Si Boulevard
    North Bend, WA 98045

    North Bend Shell
    (425) 888-4858
    225 East North Bend Way
    North Bend, WA 98045

    www.discovernw.org