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Pratt River Trail

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area
47.5312, -121.5870 Map & Directions
Length
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1500 feet
Highest Point
2240 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
River view from the Pratt River Trail. Photo by kimlaree. Full-size image
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

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Northwest Forest Pass

This entry describes the most direct approach to the Pratt River Trail, which starts by fording the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. Continue reading

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Hiking Pratt River Trail

This entry describes the most direct approach to the Pratt River Trail, which starts by fording the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. If splashing through the water is not your thing, access the Pratt River Trail via the Pratt Connector Trail, which crosses the Middle Fork River on a very nifty and new bridge (this approach adds 3 miles).

Drive the Middle Fork Road to milepost 9, and park in a parking area on the right side of the road. A bridge immediately crosses a creek, then a short trail leads out to the riverbank. Find the river ford by heading upstream while looking across to the opposite bank. Cross the river where you see the trail continue on the other side. This is only a safe option during the summer when the water is low.

After the ford, head up the Pratt valley for about a mile on old railroad grade before arriving at an intersection signed for “big trees”. This short side trail heads into a forest with old growth, including a massive Doug Fir.

Some hikers choose to turn around here, but others continue heading up the valley. The trail remains forested for its remaining 5.5 miles, at which point the abandoned Old Pratt Lake Trail continues for another 2 miles and 1,200 feet gain to Pratt Lake. This section may require a bit of bushwhacking and route finding, depending on the year.

WTA worked here in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016!

Hike Description Written by
Charlie Wakenshaw, WTA Staff

Pratt River Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5312, -121.5870 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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 I-90, take exit 34 and head north on 468th Ave. for 0.6 miles, then turn right onto the Middle Fork Road. Continue on this road, turning right at the fork, for a total of 8.6 miles. Park at the Pratt River Bar, a pullout on the right side of the road at milepost 9. There is parking for about 10 cars, but no facilities.

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Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

Pratt River Trail (#1035)

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District

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