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Marckworth Forest

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area
47.7754, -121.8492 Map & Directions
Elevation Gain
530 feet
Highest Point
760 feet
Placid Swan's Mill Pond in Marckworth Forest. Photo by whitebark.

Marckworth Forest offers some wonderful walking among forest, marshes, and rumpled rocky hills, as long as you're ok doing your own routefinding on logging roads. It's a quiet, little known and infrequently visited spot, less than an hour's drive from Seattle. Continue reading

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Hiking Marckworth Forest

Marckworth Forest offers some wonderful walking among forest, marshes, and rumpled rocky hills, as long as you're ok doing your own routefinding on logging roads. It's a quiet, little known and infrequently visited spot, less than an hour's drive from Seattle.

Marckworth Forest is made up of state trust lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources as a working forest. Timber harvesting here helps provide revenue to beneficiaries like schools and universities. While Marckworth Forest is open to the public for dispersed recreation, it does not have designated recreational trails or facilities like trailheads, designated parking areas, or campgrounds. Visitors may encounter active timber operations and logging trucks, or other vehicles, on forest roads and should be alert when recreating here.

That also means you'll want to come prepared. While there are plenty of routes to explore here (mostly on logging roads), there are no signs or maps to guide your way. Dispersed recreation is permitted, but because there's no formalized trail system, your experience here will likely feel more remote and rugged than many trails in the area. 

Many folks explore the Stossel Creek area, which is where the driving directions below guide you. But there is no designated parking area. If you go, be sure to park in such a way that respects any posted signage, and traffic can flow unobstructed.

Marckworth Forest

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.7754, -121.8492 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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

To get there, drive to Carnation or Duvall. From Duvall, drive south on Highway 203; from Carnation drive north on SR203. At Stillwater Store, turn onto Kelly Road, passing major junctions with Big Rock Road and Lake Joy Road. Turn right onto Stossel Creek Way.

At the Marckworth Forest sign, the road turns to dirt. Continue a mile farther. Just beyond the point where the road crosses through a narrow gap in a ridge, gated logging roads roads head right and left. Park on the right hand road (south).

This isn’t a formal parking area, but it’s OK to park here as long as it's in accordance with posted signage and your vehicle does not obstruct any roads or gates.

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Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

Washington Department of Natural Resources

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