Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail [CLOSED]

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Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail [CLOSED] is a 24.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

24.9 miles
3316 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running






wild flowers



From Seattle, east on I-90 to exit 34. Turn left onto 468th Ave and travel 0.6 miles. Turn right onto Middle Fork Rd and go 3 miles (keeping left at the fork.) Turn left onto Forest Service Road 56 and travel 11.5 miles to the parking area on the right.

1 month ago

This trail is currently closed due to landslide activity. The ranger said it would likely be closed for at least a year because of the number of trees/debris falling into the trail. It could be less time than that but it is definitely closed in May/June from my understanding. The Pratt River Trail No. 1035 is open though and just goes the other way down the river. Easy and good views. [rating 5 stars regardless b/c just want to get this info out here]

2 months ago

It was a little muddy. But well worth it.

2 months ago

We loved this trail and hiked to the falls. It was beautiful and would definitely go again. We hiked a total of about 8 miles.

3 months ago

Did about 2 miles today, short and easy hike. Winter Wonderland for sure! Enjoyed it a lot.

4 months ago

The drive out to this hike was awesome. Quality road and stunning scenery.
Once on the hike it starts out well with some interesting sections right off the bat. It does get a little samey until I found the old path that takes you down to the river side where I stopped and had lunch. Otherwise you head up and I to the wooded area and don’t get to see the river all that much. A lot of people I passed asked the same question. “Does it go on like this much further”. So it’s worth it but I don’t think I’d do it again tbh. Probably good for kids, dogs and runners.

Easy access road, great parking lot. Trail was muddy but we'll maintained. Rainy day hike. Beautiful area and mountain views.

5 months ago

Lush forest with nice views

7 months ago

Great rainy day hike! We went yesterday and still really beautiful scenery even with the cloudy skies. Super easy as well, this is very beginner.

7 months ago

This is a really fabulous rainy day hike, as long as you don’t mind getting your boots a little muddy.

7 months ago

Beautiful and so fun!

horseback riding
8 months ago

So fun can’t wait to go back

8 months ago

So fun can’t wait to go back

11 months ago

can't wait to visit again

11 months ago

Beautiful trail and views, great for all skill levels. We hiked this with our two 11 year old kiddos and our dog. Big parking area with bathroom facilities. The new road to the main trail was SO NICE. We'll defiantly be coming back to finish this trail.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nice easy hike with the dogs today. Got to the trailhead at 9. Didn't see anyone else until I was on my way back. We didn't do the whole bike, went for a little over and hour then headed back.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Trail is in great shape.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Less than a mile of the road remains unpaved. Nice easy trail through the forest. Muddy in places but otherwise in good condition

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Great second day of back to back hiking.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

8/14/2016 (Sunday) - On a hot sunny day, a walk in the woods along the river gave people a pleasant feeling. Not many users, moderate traffic. The trail is dry in this season, no obstacles up to 3.5 miles from the trailhead, just passing the riverside, then uncleared big trees and washouts appear. Overgrowths are obviously dense than my last visit. The road construction project is making progress, as there are almost no pothole, but the paved sections are not increased. More cars parked to the end of the road across the Taylor River bridge than the official Middle Fork parking lot, which is much better paved and maintained.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

I haven't been to the trail and was thinking of going there this weekend. The road condition scared me (especially because I drive a Prius) but I found this website and thought I should share it with people who might concerned with the same thing. Happy hiking! Btw, I had no choice but to rate to post this comment...

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Beautiful trail. Lots of downfall from winter storms. Big trees to cross over, through, around. Beware of the potholes on the construction road traveling to the TH.

Monday, October 19, 2015

10/18/2015 (Sunday) -- I follow a small group led by George of IATC to get the first taste of the Middle Fork area. The road is still under construction, and is open only one some weekends. It's nearly 15 miles long, still very rough, requiring careful driving for 30-40 minutes. There are multiple trails from the two trailheads leading to different directions. Walking along the river, one may enjoy wonderful views near and far. The trailheads require National Pass (NW Forest Pass, Senior Pass...). The trails are easy to walk, well maintained, very gentle incline. After the road paving is completed in one year or so, this area will certainly become much crowded. This is a cloudy to lightly rainy day, very typical of this season in this area, and I feel such weather is still good for outdoors with waterproof gear.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Forest Service Road 56 is closed past the Mailbox Peak trailhead, so this trail is inaccessible until repairs are completed. The road can be used by pedestrians and bicyclists.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Such a great hike. Great for beginners and was not boring at all. This was one of my first trails and thought it was beautiful. Not too much elevation and always something to look at.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Don't go in your Prius like many did. You could see smoke coming from the drivers as they putzed along at 5 miles an hour. Your doing more damage to the environment by killing your chassis instead of my SUV.

We went their hunting for mushrooms, and found lots. Too bad we didn't know what we were doing and only bagged one! Oh well, it was a beautiful walk and fun time. Just don't go on an odd ending day during bike season. Kinda gets crowded with peddlers.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The trailhead is well after the trailhead to Mailbox Peak, and it's a good half hour to forty five minutes on a very bad road before reaching the trailhead.

Unlike Mailbox, this is a US Forest Service trail and requires a different parking pass, $5 a day if you don't have one already.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I'm sure most will complain about the horrendous pothole laden trail. I would PTO if we weren't there to camp. For a day hike I'd be disappointed. Sweet bridge, lovely river, but we did 3 miles in (self, daughter 13, son 11) and it was frustratingly boring to me a lot of the way, except one amazing opening where you see mountain on one side, tree destruction on another...then theres a really sweet rocky creek you could walk down & have lunch on, or take a nap like I did.:)

On a good sunny day (no rain), try it and make it to the rocky area...or if you're camping out that way like us, get your trail on, but there are far more awesome trails without the hassle of the road.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Good Views. This road to trailhead is full of potholes. Dont even think of going there in a sedan. You need a SUV or a Jeep to go there. We went in a sedan and it took us forever to reach the trail head. We only did arnd 5 miles.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Its ok. The trail is really pretty dull, second growth forest, good views on occasion, and really no pay off. So if you believe the path is the destination, it might be for you. However, the road is unpassable for most cars. 11 miles one way of the worst axle breaking potholes anywhere. Dont try this unless you have clearance and big wheels. This hike just isnt worth the hazard of the drive...and I went in a jeep...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

What a great hike! Some really great views of the mountain and plant life. Will definetly go back for another trip more into spring.

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