Otter and Big Creek Falls Via Taylor River Trail

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Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

Otter and Big Creek Falls Via Taylor River Trail is a 10 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.0 miles Elevation Gain: 902 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail is open but the parking lot is still closed as of May 2020 due to COVID-19.

hiking
muddy
washed out
22 hours ago

Pretty good trail! We got there around 1:00, and still didn’t encounter many people. The trail is a little muddy, and also has some flooded creeks that require nimble feet and study shoes. Bathrooms remain closed, and there are no trash bins, so pack it out! Last, the trail is about 10.5 miles, not the 9-ish that AllTrails has listed.

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 day ago

rocky
2 days ago

Got there around 11:30, accidentally parked at Garfield ledges, but it wasn't too far of a walk down to the trail head at the end of the road. Lots of potholes on the road close to parking, be careful. trail was lightly trafficked today, likely due to the rain. Spectacular hike though, lots of flowing water. which by the way, look for walking sticks people have left at the water crossings-so helpful! Thank you to whoever is leaving those to make other's treks across a little easier.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Lots of monotonous hiking on uneven rocks to a nice waterfall. Popular hike; we had the falls to ourselves for ~10 min.

hiking
flooded
muddy
rocky
3 days ago

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 days ago

Wonderful trail that meanders through the forest alongside the Taylor River. The gradual incline makes it an easy choice for people looking to avoid switchbacks. Otter Falls is neatly tucked-away off the main trail and features a stunning waterfall and pond with small beach. On a hotter day this would be a unique and beautiful place to take a dip. There were several challenging stream crossings that require a fair amount of balance and footwork, although most able hikers will find them easy to navigate, no wet feet required.

9 days ago

Easy, rocky trail with many options to stop off by the river and falls. Lots of folks out en route to camping at other destinations. Plenty of space on the trail for virus worry warts.

hiking
16 days ago

This trail is open, but the trailhead parking is closed. Your journey starts from the Snoqualmie Lake trailhead. Drive through the Garfield Ledges trail lot and travel down a short gravel road until it almost ends. Park along the road if you can, safely, and then your hike begins at the end of the closed parking lot. Cross over the Taylor River on an old concrete bridge and follow an old logging road. There are several challenging stream crossings, mud and rocks to navigate through so trekking poles and waterproof boots are HIGHLY recommended! Otter Falls is over 4 miles down the trail but travel just 1/2 mile farther to Big Creek Falls...it is worth it!!! Total mileage today was around 9.50 miles and about 900 feet of very gradual elevation gain (with the exception of one small steep hill climb to get up to Otter Falls).

closed
3 months ago

road closed. Sign blocked road says “loose rocks. No hikers.” so I did not attempt to walk the 3.3 miles to the trailhead

hiking
icy
muddy
6 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 months ago

Great hike above the river. It’s such an easy grade slope you can blaze right through it. The falls are beautiful place to eat lunch and rest.

Long walk with not much elevation gain. Very rocky. Almost no one else on the trail. The top was very cool!

hiking
8 months ago

Good long trail with not much elevation. Might get little repetitive but this is silly to complaint on these great trails this region has to offer. If you are looking for distance than elevation, this is a great trail. The falls itself is great place to chill & have lunch/snack up.

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
8 months ago

Beautiful trail, wonderful time to explore it. After the rain storm we had, the falls at the end were a great site to behold.

I like this trail because it was great for trail running, that and I didn’t have a lot of time so I didn’t go for a huge incline with elevation. It was a nice cool day with lots of little creeks, the river down below, and yes found my way to otter falls. I would love more time to take this trail on up to the lakes. With all the rain it is muddy and some of the rocks can be slippery. Definitely seeing fall colors as well right now!

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Not too crowded on a beautiful Sunday. A bridge with a small waterfall at mile 3, a couple boulder fields to navigate around mile 4, and only a couple cairns to mark the turn off to the falls on the left (soon after a bolder field). The falls are a bit lacking - it is August after all, but the rock feature is amazing.

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