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Garfield Ledges

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area
47.5553, -121.5355 Map & Directions
Length
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
830 feet
Highest Point
1860 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy/Moderate
The view from Garfield Ledges is a lovely one, with just a short on-trail investment. Photo by slorpthegillman Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

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Northwest Forest Pass

Built with the help of Washington Trails Association and Mountains to Sound Greenway crews, the trail to Garfield Ledges will offer visitors expansive views of the Middle Fork valley and a short but steep workout. Continue reading

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Hiking Garfield Ledges

Found at the end of the Middle Fork road, this short but steep trail reaches a scenic viewpoint in just over a mile, providing a big pay off with minimal effort. With a high point at 1,860 feet above sea level, the trail is usable year-round, providing the Middle Fork road is passable (snow is not removed from the road in the winter).

The hike ascends from a large trailhead to a cliff-top viewpoint with an expansive vista down valley to the southwest. On your journey, you will enjoy well-established second growth conifer forest with a lush fern understory. Frequent large nurse stumps provide evidence of the logging operations that took place here 100 years ago. 

Keep an eye out for the midway point, which features a lovely viewpoint just half a mile in. That means hikers can travel as little as a half mile to enjoy this beautiful vista. 

From the viewpoint at the top, the Taylor River and Middle Fork River convergence is visible far below. Stegosaurus Butte rises abruptly just across the valley, and Preacher Mountain stands majestically beyond. Far in the distance, you can also see Grouse Ridge and Rattlesnake Ledge.

History of the route

First envisioned in 2004 by members of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Society and MidFORC (Middle Fork Outdoor Recreation Coalition), the Garfield Ledges Trail was opened on National Public Lands Day in September 2019 thanks to a partnership between the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the work of many volunteers, including WTA.

WTA worked here in 2018!

Hike Description Written by
Mountains to Sound Greenway (MTSG), WTA Community

Garfield Ledges

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5553, -121.5355 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, drive east on I-90 to exit 34. Turn left onto 468th Street and follow it about 0.3 miles to the junction with the signed Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. Turn right and head up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. Where the road forks with the Lake Dorothy Road, stay right, following this road and staying straight onto the Middle Fork Road. Drive this road to the end until you arrive at the Garfield Ledges trailhead. A self-service Northwest Forest Pass station is back down the road at the Middle Fork Trailhead.

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Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District

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