Tolt-MacDonald Overlook

MODERATE 83 reviews

Tolt-MacDonald Overlook is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Carnation, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 610 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

NOTE: As of Spring 2019, users have reported that there is logging going on in this area. This may result in partial trail closures in some parts of the park. Tolt-MacDonald offers three miles of forested and riverside trails and is a favorite mountain biking destination. The backcountry area of the park is located on the west side of the river across the suspension bridge. In addition to the trails within the park, an extensive network of single track trails in the adjacent Ames Lake Forest (managed by Port Blakely) can be accessed from Tolt-MacDonald. And if you want a bicycle tour of local farms and forests, head east from the park along the Tolt River to access the 27-mile Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

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muddy
2 months ago

We saw bear poop, appeared pretty fresh. It is pure black berry seeds. I should have gotten a pic of it. Lots of bear marks on trees. Didn't see any bears though :( Tons of berries to eat at the top, wonderful!

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5 months ago

A couple moderately challenging sections, through a nice forested clean trail. Segments join vehicle roads.

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7 months ago

The trail starts with a beautiful wooden bridge, and proceeds towards the hill through well maintained camp ground. The trail doesn't have clear signs, be sure to check the map (have map pre-downloaded on phone). There was a sign saying "bear and cub sighting" - must be outdated. There was very low traffic and most of trail is shady, not too bright on a sunny day. Beautiful views along and end of the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Find the trail head across the suspension foot bridge at the back of the Campground and turn up the hill at the "Mossy Mountain Way" sign. Others have complained about the logging, however that's restricted to the acreage off of the main trail to the lookout. Beautiful views and well-marked trail make it a delightful outing. Pack a snack and sit as long as you like to enjoy the view.

hiking
9 months ago

No markings, can be a little hard to find out where you are going. Definitely use the map while hiking. Lots of logging, there were piles of trees right next to the path.

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

Nothing marked. Logging happening. Not great overall.

hiking
Sat Mar 10 2018

It seems that most of this park has been logged out. Pretty ugly if you ask me. There are parts of it as I hiked through trees which are pretty cool, there are some ok views but I would never go back here to hike. May be a great mountain biking area though. And there are cabins to rent which looked pretty cool near the river.

walking
Sun Aug 20 2017

Very nice trail although it has some spots that might be hard for kids, it is a good trail for walking seeing trees and plants.

hiking
Mon Jul 31 2017

The view is great but there is no signage. Take a map

hiking
Tue Jun 13 2017

Great short little hike with some great views

Tue Aug 16 2016

There's no signage anywhere to tell you that you're on this trail. Unless you have a map it's not easy to find. Once in the trail it's also hard to find your way without a map. There were other trails heads marked but not this one. There are also many trails that branch off of each other. In other words TAKE A MAP!!!!!!! Overlook was beautiful!

hiking
Mon Jun 13 2016

6/12/2016 (Sunday) -- Revisit this park on a mild summer morning with weather being partly sunny/cloudy, 60-68F for a larger loop (5 miles). The view was not as awesome as the previous one because of the morning sun and the clouds. Paths are drier. Traffic is light. Good solitude in the woods.

hiking
Fri Apr 08 2016

4/7/2016 (Thursday) -- Solo 3:15 - 4:55 pm, sunny "hot" spring afternoon, up to 80+F. Plenty of parking places, pleasant river, bridge, campsite. Lots of woody trails (wide and narrow) to loop on the flat highland with about 500ft elevation from the river bank. Light traffic and good solitude on a weekday afternoon. Though there is a large ugly stretch of uncleared felled woodland on both sides of the "South Road", the southeast end of the "East Road" provides an awesome view of the fields near Carnation to Cascade peaks and Mount Si and RattleSnake Mountain to the east and southeast, and Tigers to the south, with Mt Rainier showing its top from behind. This is definite a place worthy of 2 hr's hiking.

running
Mon Jun 23 2014

Ran this during the Snoqualmie Valley Half Marathon and 10k. I honestly, had not trained on a trail prior to the race and with a previous knee injury, I would say that this was a pretty cool trail to run. I would love to go back again with the kiddos.

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