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Palouse to Cascades Trail - Homestead Valley to Mine Creek Trestle

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area
47.4418, -121.6724 Map & Directions
Length
5.5 miles, (type not yet set)
Elevation Gain
1077 feet
Highest Point
1607 feet
The view looking across the trestle bridge on the Palouse to Cascades Trail. Photo by Tiffany Chou. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass

Hike a short stint on the Palouse to Cascades Trail, crossing high trestle bridges and roaming through old growth forest with expansive views of nearby peaks, just a short drive away from the city. Continue reading

Rating
5.00 out of 5

Hiking Palouse to Cascades Trail - Homestead Valley to Mine Creek Trestle

Hike a short stint on the Palouse to Cascades Trail, crossing high trestle bridges and roaming through old-growth forest with expansive views of nearby peaks, all just a short drive away from the city. 

The trail begins on the southern side of the parking lot, a climb up to a service road. For 0.1 miles, the dirt trail is relatively steep, rocky, and narrow, but you will soon hit a gravel service road and the trail will widen and flatten out. At the service road, turn right and continue up the gently uphill-sloping service road for 0.1 miles.

Come to a junction sign and turn left to begin hiking on the Palouse to Cascades Trail, a wide flat gravel trail from here on out (except on some bridges). The trail heads into the forest, with many mossy trees and ferns surrounding it. 

In 0.25 miles, the trees to your left thin out to reveal beautiful views of the peaks across I-90; catch a glimpse of Mailbox Peak right across the interstate. The views continue to fade in and out throughout the rest of the hike as the trees become less and more dense. 

In about 0.4 miles, you’ll reach a picnic table with expansive peak views next to a bulletin board. You may encounter climbers here, as this is also an area known as Deception Crags, a well-known rock climbing location. 

Very shortly, you’ll reach the first large bridge of the hike. Cross the long trestle bridge over Change Creek, about 0.1 miles in length. Look over the metal chain-link fence along the bridge down at creek on your way over to the other side. 

Cross a couple of comparatively small bridges and in just over 0.1 miles, you’ll reach another picnic table. There are completely clear expansive views of the interstate and peaks across the way here, a wonderful place to have lunch or a break. If this table is taken, there is another with excellent views as well in just a few hundred feet, at the beginning of the Hull Creek trestle bridge. 

The bridge over Hull Creek is not for those afraid of heights! The bridge is very high up, with incredible views along the way as the trees clear up. The bridge ends in about 0.1 miles, heading back under a tree canopy into the forest.

For the next 1.2 miles, enjoy being surrounded by old-growth and greenery, interrupted occasionally by the forest disappearing for a moment to allow for views across I-90 again.

Then you’ll reach the bridge over Mill Creek, another bridge not for the faint of heart. Walk high above Mill Creek along the trestle bridge for 0.1 miles to reach the other side of the bridge. At this point, you can continue along the Palouse to Cascades Trail further to extend your hike, or head back the way you came to return to the trailhead. 

Hike Description Written by
Tiffany Chou, WTA Correspondent

Palouse to Cascades Trail - Homestead Valley to Mine Creek Trestle

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4418, -121.6724 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover 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

Driving east on I-90, take exit 38, and turn right on SE Homestead Valley Rd. In 0.1 miles, turn right onto the gravel road. Soon, the trail forks with a barrier gate on the left. Take the right fork, and pass a sign indicated Discover Passes are required to reach the parking lot. Be aware this short road into the parking lot has potholes, some large, but most are avoidable. 

The parking lot is very large, and can easily hold a few dozen cars. There is a vault toilet here, and the trail starts on the south side of the lot. The parking lot is open from 6:30 a.m. to dusk during the summer, and 8:00 a.m. to dusk during the winter. 

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Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

Washington State Parks

Guidebooks & Maps

https://palousetocascadestrailmaps.com/files/CedarFalls-Hyak-1-2022.pdf

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Palouse to Cascades Trail - Homestead Valley to Mine Creek Trestle

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