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Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area
47.5507, -121.8876 Map & Directions
Length
6.5 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
500 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
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  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers

Preston – Snoqualmie is a 6.5 mile one-way, paved, mostly flat, rail-to-trail path connecting the cities of Preston and Snoqualmie. Open to hikers, bikers and equestrians, the trail meanders through a densely wooded path intermittently offers unique perspectives of the Snoqualmie River Valley, leading to a non-touristy, zoomed-out viewpoint of Snoqualmie Falls against the backdrop of Mount Si. Continue reading

Rating
3.00 out of 5

Hiking Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

The Preston – Snoqualmie trail is a 6.5 mile each way, paved, mostly flat, rail-to-trail path connecting the cities of Preston and Snoqualmie. Open to hikers, bikers and equestrians, the trail meanders through a densely wooded path, and intermittently offers unique perspectives of the Snoqualmie River Valley. Ultimately, it leads to a quiet, zoomed-out viewpoint of Snoqualmie Falls against the backdrop of Mount Si.

Interestingly, this trail can be hiked in two parts. Starting at the Preston trailhead with rich flora and lush evergreens and cedar, you reach the ravine at Raging River at around 2.1 miles. There used to be a 100-foot trestle bridge here, spanning the river, built in the early 1900’s, it was damaged in a rail accident and no longer exists. A section of this trail is adjacent to the Raging River Natural Area providing wildlife corridors for cougar, elk, bear, deer and a sanctuary for birds.

Up to this point it is easy terrain and the trestle overlook gives glimpses of the roaring river, making a nice turn around point. A bench here marks the dead-end. 

On return, veer onto the paved path to the left (0.1 miles from your turnaround point at the trestle overlook). This path winds down and joins with the Preston – Fall City Road to resume the second part of the trail. Cross a bridge in about 0.2 miles and back again on a short gravel path snaking its way towards Lake Alice Trailhead in about 2.6 miles.

At this trailhead, cross the road and continue 1.5 miles back on a levelled path to the Snoqualmie Falls viewpoint. Parking and portable toilets are situated at Lake Alice trailhead and at the falls overlook, but the falls themselves are still distant; you'll want to go on Preston-Snoqualmie for the journey.

Hike Description Written by
Rupa Saumil, WTA Correspondent

Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5507, -121.8876 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Getting There

From Interstate 90 (heading east or west), take Exit 22, turn north, and at the "T," turn right on Preston-Fall City Road. For the western (Preston) trailhead, turn left in .3 mile on Southeast 87th Place. To reach the Lake Alice trailhead, continue 3.5 miles on Preston-Fall City Road and turn right on Southeast 47th Street, which curves right into Lake Alice Road at the cemetery. The trailhead is on the right in 0.8 mile.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

King County Parks

Guidebooks & Maps

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle: Including Bellevue

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