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Asahel Curtis Nature Trail

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass
47.3927, -121.4744 Map & Directions
Length
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
180 feet
Highest Point
2000 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Photo by trip reporter jimmygle. Full-size image
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids

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Northwest Forest Pass

This short loop just off of Interstate 90 offers an easy escape to nature. With plenty to keep little ones occupied, and just enough mileage to give your legs a little workout, this is a delightful detour for anyone venturing west or east over Snoqualmie Pass. Continue reading

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Hiking Asahel Curtis Nature Trail

This short loop just off of Interstate 90 offers an easy escape to nature. With plenty to keep little ones occupied, and just enough mileage to give your legs a little workout, this is a delightful detour for anyone venturing west or east over Snoqualmie Pass.

Asahel Curtis was a photographer from Minnesota who moved to Washington in 1888. Shortly after beginning work in his family’s photography studio, he became one of Seattle’s preeminent photographers. His pictures of Washington’s history, landscape, and native people are vital–-the Washington State History Museum has more than sixty thousand of his images in their archives!

Step out of the large gravel parking lot and into an old forest wonderland fit for Curtis’s camera. The forest is replete with ferns and undergrowth, as well as a burbling creek flowing over rocks, which you cross right away via a large footbridge. WTA volunteer crews worked all summer of 2014 to install the approach to this bridge, an effort that involved moving more than 200,000 pounds of rock, gravel, and dirt, as well as 300 volunteer days on trail.

Once past the footbridge, meander along a rolling pathway, through the forest, which gains a moderate amount of elevation as it passes various numbered posts. These are planted in front of notable flora specimens, and a guide at the beginning of the trail contains information that corresponds with each post. Grab one before your hike to get the most out of your visit.

WTA worked here in 2019, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2010!

Hike Description Written by
Anna Roth, WTA Staff

Asahel Curtis Nature Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3927, -121.4744 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Seattle head east on I-90 to exit 47, signed for Asahel Curtis and Denny Creek. Take a right from the the off-ramp and proceed one-quarter mile to a "T" intersection. Then, turn left onto Forest Road 5590. You'll find the parking area to your right in less than half a mile.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

Asahel Curtis (#1023)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207 map

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