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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

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rocky
2 days ago

mostly flat with lots of rocks on the trail. good hike for getting miles in without working to hard

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rocky
3 days ago

a lot of rocks on this trail so wear appropriate shoes. it's flat most of the way until the very end, where you'll head left up the hill and make it to the falls. took us 4 hours round trip. bugs were not too bad, not a lot of mud.

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rocky
12 days ago

Waterfalls are beautiful. Otter fall is 0.1 mile from the main trail up the hill to the left. Good signage. Hardly any people on the trail today. It took about one hour to meet a person on the trail.

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rocky
24 days ago

The trail was, unfortunately, not impressive - too rocky. But lots of rivers, creeks and running water. The Otter Falls was beautiful and refreshing.

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rocky
24 days ago

Trailhead is about 30 min from I-90, nice paved road most of the way through Middle Fork Snoqualmie. Park at the Snoqualmie Lake parking lot if you can, otherwise the lower Garfield lot. Plenty of parking. We arrived early and had the lot—and the trail—to ourselves for the morning. Saw only a few trail runners and mountain bikers. Gradual incline makes for a peaceful walk. First fork you see, take the trail to the right instead of Quartz Creek. You’ll cross a few creeks on the way to Big Creek Falls—each a little adventure in themselves. Step carefully and you’ll make your way through dry. Be sure to see both Otter Creek Falls and Big Creek Falls—both well worth it. How have I not heard about this hike all these years? Next time I’ll reserve the whole day so I can trek to Snoqualmie Lake. Beautiful every step of the way.

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27 days ago

Hiked this on Sunday 6/7 When driving to the trailhead, there is a large pothole after the bridge. It sneaks up on you. All the other potholes are manageable on the road as you pass the facilities area and approach the bridge that starts this trail. The actual trail was in great shape. Yes, it has some muddy spots and there’s rocky areas, but overall the trail is easy to hike. The stream crossings were easy enough to handle as well. The turn for Otter falls is marked by a small sign on a tree to the left and a rock pile on the right of then mail trail. It’s just a short hike up the hill after that and you won’t be disappointed! It’s a wonderful waterfall. We decided to hike all the way to Snoqualmie Lake. It looked like it was only 3 miles further to the big lake, but it ended up being closer to 4.5 miles more. Elevation gain wasn’t much more to the lake, so it’s worth it if you have the time.

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28 days ago

We hiked past Big Falls about .5 miles after going 'off trail' towards Quartz Creek for a couple of miles (it is not well maintained currently). Thoroughly enjoyed the total hike but did have a little challenge crossing one of the creeks. We missed the Otter Falls sign on the way out but saw it on the way back - worth the .1 straight uphill to check it out.

Started at 1pm on a Wednesday and only passed 3 pairs of hikers total. A few of the creek crossings are fairly precarious — make sure to utilize the walking sticks left at either side of them. Best not to attempt without proper shoes. Trail was muddy at parts but overall well-maintained. The road in was doable in my small hatchback, with a few big potholes proving challenging to maneuver around.

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rocky
1 month ago

Pleasant trail, quite rocky in places, and currently very muddy. I turned around at the first waterfall and clocked in 6 miles. This is a nice, easy hike overall. I suggest proper hiking shoes since it is muddy, rocky, and you may have to cross water. The parking lot is open and it’s still not too crowded on the trail even though the lot was full when I got there. I’m guessing this is only rated moderate for the overall distance and recommend this hike if you’re looking for mileage and not too much elevation gain.

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1 month ago

First note: PARKING LOT IS OPEN!! This was a milestone hike for me, and it was absolutely PERFECT. 5 months ago sciatic pain prevented me from walking more than a mile. This trail was a perfect length and slope to graduate up to. I went early, hitting the trail about 0830, and only passed one other hiker. I had the falls to myself for about 30-40 minutes before others started trickling in. I passed at least 12-14 other groups coming up as I went back down around noon. The trail is pretty rocky, so solid shoes are recommended (I actually saw one hiker wearing tennis shoes!). Plenty wide for physical distancing in most cases. A few spots where water has washed out the trail, but it's still passable, but hiking sticks are recommended as the rocks are slippery. When you get to the washout with the large pipe, don't cross where the trail LOOKS to go as it's precarious and could spell disaster for an ankle... go left (up stream) and cross where the worst that will happen is a wet hiking boot. It doesn't look like it goes through, but it does. It's a bit of a boring hike otherwise, but the falls are amazing, and the slope is totally doable for skill levels, even this 51 year old just starting to get back into shape.

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washed out
1 month 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.

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bugs
muddy
1 month ago

rocky
1 month 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.

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muddy
1 month ago

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

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

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rocky
1 month 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.

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