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Moncton Ghost Town

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area
47.4347, -121.7687 Map & Directions
Length
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
20 feet
Highest Point
940 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Some of the original wooden roads in Moncton can be seen when Rattlesnake Lake is low. Photo by Exploring History in Your Hiking Boots.
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

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Stroll a paved path or walk the lakeshore to find the remains of Moncton, now part of the Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area near North Bend. Moncton was once a stop along the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, also known as the Milwaukee Road. The town became Rattlesnake Lake in 1915 when Masonry Dam was constructed on the hillside above. Continue reading

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Hiking Moncton Ghost Town

Stroll a paved path or walk the lakeshore to find the remains of Moncton, now part of the Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area near North Bend. Moncton was once a stop along the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, also known as the Milwaukee Road. The town became Rattlesnake Lake in 1915 when Masonry Dam was constructed on the hillside above.

There is a hidden secret at the Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area near North Bend. The town of Moncton was once a stop along the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, also known as the Milwaukee Road. The town met its demise in 1915 when Masonry Dam was constructed on the hillside above to provide Seattle with power and water. The dam created Chester Morse Lake, and water from the lake slowly seeped through glacial soils that lay between it and the town site. Moncton was soon submerged under the waters of what is now known as Rattlesnake Lake.

Today you can stroll a paved path or walk the lakeshore to find the remains of Moncton. When the waters are high you may have difficulty spotting the lake’s secret, but in the fall the water level is often low enough to reveal foundations, stumps, an old fireplace, and other reminders of the town that once was.

Hike Description Written by
Exploring History in Your Hiking Boots, WTA Community

Moncton Ghost Town

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4347, -121.7687 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

From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 32 for 436th Avenue SE. Turn right onto 436th Avenue SE, also signed as Cedar Falls Road SE. Proceed about 2.5 miles up the road to the Rattlesnake Lake parking lot on the right.

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Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

Seattle Public Utilities, Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area

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Green Trails Rattlesnake Mountain/Upper Snoqualmie Valley 205S

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