Middle Fork Snoqualmie River: Upstream
Apr 21, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Middle Fork Snoqualmie River: Upstream
- Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
- Agency: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District
- Trails: Middle Fork Snoqualmie River (#1003)
- Avg Rating: 3.77
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with a dog
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
- Water on trail
Great trailhead with bathroom and informative signage station. Aim for the spectacular hiker suspension bridge. Wow! What a beautiful bridge.
Turn left, but don't trust the guide book's milage. A trail runner said he made it 5.9 miles to the next bridge across, whereas the book states one way is only 3+ miles.
The first section has great views of the river. Then the section of forest under the vertical cliffs on the butte was also beautiful.
But get ready: 41 blowdowns in 3 miles! A few were real challenges.
To balance that I counted 21 beautiful little bridges crossing creeks. And lots of trilliums, skunk cabbage and what I think was baneberry. The other highlight were the cascading creeks heading for the river.
At close to 3 miles, we reached a large, deep creek our aging dog just couldn't cross so we turned around there.
Had the trail mostly to outselves leaving at 11am, but on the way back met lots of large boy scout and other groups. So get an early start!