The river has three forks, the South, Middle and North Forks. There are several mileage marker systems in use along the trail that may be confusing to the uninitiated [23]: (1) The blue plastic slats with both miles and kilometer markings every half mile, (2) the square black plastic posts with engraved numbers for miles, not always very visible and (3) a sporadic system of white numbers on green fields that seems to start at Highway 203 going in both directions (useless). There is parking. To access the trail from McCormick Park in Duvall, take Exit 22 from I-90. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) manages hundreds of water access areas throughout Washington, providing recreational access to the state’s lakes, rivers, and marine waters. Help defend and expand trails nationwide. A trail sign [14] gives distances from Cedar Falls to other destinations along the Iron Horse Trail which would require a separate day trip. Notice the fish tiles on the bench platform. Signs at the summit point toward Iron Horse State Park, where the trail continues as the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. A portable toilet and trash bins are provided. Bring your frisbees for a round of frisbee golf in the park. There is a 2-mile missing link between here and the 1910 bridge at Reinig Road. Feb. 7, 2011 Safety upgrades to Snoqualmie Valley Trail require long-term closure in Carnation Tolt River bridge approaches to be replaced; Nine-month closure starts Feb. 21 Replacing the aging approaches to the Tolt River Bridge on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail will improve public safety by increasing the currently restricted pedestrian capacity on the bridge, and by allowing access to this stretch of trail by utility and emergency vehicles. The Snoqualmie Valley Trail offers the opportunity to get out and explore one of the most beautiful agricultural valleys in the region. At (5.6) and (6.3) are two Washington Game Department parking and trail access areas that require a Discovery Pass to park there. This option starts with a right turn onto SR 202 from the falls, crosses a bridge, and meets the City of Snoqualmie Centennial Trail in less than a mile. One, the single lane track which continues under the culvert at Tokul road, I wouldn't take again. From here another 0.77 miles takes you to the end of the northern section of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail at the … TOKUL TUNNEL & TRAIL END, GE: N47.54885 W121.82816 Here is a very large culvert underpass below Tokul Rd. Some WDFW owned properties are managed for water access by other agencies and are subject to those agencies’ rules. The crumbling remnants of the mill, which at one time employed 1,200 people, are visible in the distance and remain a King County historic site. 203, NE 32nd, Tolt-Bunker Rd. Upper Yough, MD. Some references omit the word "Chicago." The property is actually private but has been unofficially used as a tolerated trespass. At (2.58) {47.49676;-121.78173} is a convenient access point at Ballarat Ave. in North Bend adjacent to a school with a large parking lot and a trail bulletin board/pavilion [5]. I'm not sure if the intention is to continue with this surface. The Snoqualmie River winds through one of the most beautiful and scenic valleys in Western Washington. Just a note to correct some references to the railroad that passed through Cedar Falls, the Snoqualmie Tunnel, and Hyak. ( Log Out /  The photos submitted here show the construction work as it was nearing its completion in October 2011. Now you are on a long embankment. Rarely too crowded, Well maintained, and lots to see. Railroad grade on the way up was totally manageable for us and made the return trip breeze by. Best stretch: Fall City to the Snoqualmie Falls. Michael. I went to the point where the trail ends and you need to cross streets to pick it up again (about 18.75 miles from where I started), before taking a break and heading back. ( Log Out /  Snoqualmie River eek eek eek Round Lake 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 Feet N PBRS Property Other Water Bodies Incorporated Areas Potential Annexation Areas Public Lands Shoreline Public Access Plan Gap 1: Snoqualmie River, WA Park Informal Access Point- Visual and/or Physical Existing Informal Access Points Existing Public Access County-Owned Lands State The stairs leading up to the road are on the far (east) side of the culvert. This is another detailed exploration of the northwest segment of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail (SVT) from Duvall to Snoqualmie. Parking is free and there is ample capacity for most events. One can ride Tokul Road down to get to Snoqualmie Falls, but there is no shoulder to ride on. Timber trestles this large are increasingly rare in the West. Here one can interrupt the bike ride and enjoy a swim in Rattlesnake Lake or sit and rest on the lake shore and enjoy the scenery, looking up to Rattlesnake Ledge [11]. Post them together and in the correct sequence in which they are numbered. Most of the trail is shaded through this section, and it crosses a high trestle over a Boxley Creek tributary. Total trip time was 1 hour 53 mins with plenty of stops. (Duvall) and Rattlesnake Lake at Cedar Falls Rd. Snoqualmie River Sections The lower river is heavily diked and flows through low-gradient farmland. The next 9 miles cross several farm entrances and roads en route to Carnation, which earned its name from the dairy industry that once boomed in the area and is remembered by large hay barns that dot that landscape. Here we describe a nice afternoon ride along that section of the trail and a bit beyond to where it connects with the Iron Horse Trail. Ride 1.7 miles to the GRIFFIN CREEK TRESTLE, GE: N47.61582 W121.90426 This is a nice long trestle located by the Griffin Creek Natural Area. If it was not for the popularity of this place on a weekend, this would be a convenient access point to both Rail-to-Trail conversion trails. Open in Google Maps. Remaining tasks include landscaping and site restoration and finishing up the guard rails, but these activities can be completed with the bridge in use by the public. So many are in brushy ravines and getting down involves bushwhacking. Three info signs explain about the salmon and why the Tolt is such a nice place for salmon. Put-in: Plum River Access on Snoqualmie River, about 3 miles downstream of Snoqualmie Falls. The new 198-foot-long approach bridge at the south side over the floodplain will consist of a concrete driven shaft foundation system with concrete bulb-tee girders. Went on a Sunday. At (19.3) {N47.54938, W121.82855} [21] the SVT passes under Tokul Road in a large culvert. So hard that horses have not been able to chop up the surface. The launch ramp is suitable for exiting the the river with drift boats and larger inflatables. It was approximately 100 yards west of the three Forks off leash dog park. We are on a tandem trike so some of the work-arounds mentioned by others we thought may not be appropriate if you are triking? Fishing is also a popular activity along the Snoqualmie River – the combination of steelhead runs in the lower river and trout fishing in the upper forks makes the Snoqualmie a favorite among many Seattle-area anglers. We just took the trail Jul28 from the Duvall Police station to Rattlesnake Lake and back. Uneven spots at the bridges have recently been leveled by adding more gravel [24]. Through the first ~9 miles you're riding mostly on the valley floor through farm lands, which offers some pretty views, including some of Mt. Drive on in and take a look. Snoqualmie River Access Points: Sandy Cove Park – 7970 Falls Avenue SE, Snoqualmie, WA No timber. There is a large trail access parking lot here. Once you hit the Remlinger Farms area in Carnation you start in on more forested terrain. Plum Boat Launch  is about a quarter mile west of Plum River Access (down river) and has a launch ramp for floaters with larger inflatables, pontoon boats, or drift boats  Fish and Wildlife provides a portable toilet and Fall City Floating manage the trash. King County crews will have to do extensive groundwork leading up to the construction of the two approach bridges on either side of the Tolt River, including excavation and installation of rock armor around in-water piers, and replacing dilapidated timber approaches to the bridge over the Tolt River. Create a free website or blog at Pretty big bear, running fast north to south across the trail. Read the complete Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River Access Final Concept Plan. Become a member and wear your FREE T-Shirt with pride. I enjoyed the ride and look forward to another trip during the summer when more of the trees and plants have bloomed...the majority of the trees through the first part were deciduous so there was a lot of brown which I will be excited to see more green from later in the year. Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more! Fall City Community Park West   This exit is only mentioned as a fallback if you miss both of the upstream exits. Cross the river and ride on. As the trail twists, it is over two miles out. Some public trail art. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. You just have to know where it is. King County offers no detour around the river bank stabilization project, however, so the Duvall is effectively cut off from Carnation via the trail route. Discover pass required at launch point, but not at end point. and turn left. There are two outhouses. Does anyone know? near a roundabout which connects to Novelty Hill Road. Snoqualmie River near Carnation real-time provisional data greater than 9,000 cfs (gage heights greater than about 50 ft) are not reliable due to unsteady flow conditions during high flows. Note that the trail does NOT start at Duvall Park, which is a baseball park along Highway 203 but has no connection to the SVT. (2) you can avoid the dangerous crossing of the highway next to the Falls by taking a small trail on the right side of the Tolkuk Road about 10 yards before the highway. In the summer months at this Iron Horse State Park parking lot at Cedar Falls one can board a shuttle bus ( to hitch a ride up to Hyak and then ride through the 2.3-mile long Snoqualmie tunnel back down to Cedar Falls. King County Parks and Trails needs to be congratulated for having the foresight to preserve this trestle and enabling the trail crossing at this point. This is a terrible surface for bicycles. Hope to get a few more rides on this trail before weather window closes. The Right of Way runs below a large gravel pit, around an industrial complex and across the swamps to the river. Fly fishing hatches in order of importance: There are no significant hatches involved with the steelhead in this river. --------. Drive 1.5 miles and turn right on to 361 St. Ave. Civilization is only 0.2 miles ahead, where the trail crosses 356th Drive SE (N47.56772 W121.86540). Head south on the trail for 600’ to the trestle. Zurfleuh  Boat Launch is located on SE 44th Pl on the SE quadrant of the confluence of the Snoqualmie and Raging Rivers. The latter name appeared on freight cars owned by the company. The railroad was the "Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad, often called "The Milwaukee Road." From the Town of Fall City go north on Hwy. Lots to see with bridges and some views of the valley below as it climbs. One is marked as the "Snoqualmie Wildlife Recreation Area, Stillwater Unit" {N47.68245; W121.92384} [5]. This trail terminates at the Fall City Community Park parking lot where there are a portable toilet and trash facilities. The historic steel box girder spans and piers over the Tolt River itself will remain. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. Cross the Snoqualmie River on the Meadowbrook bridge, and then turn left onto SE Park Street. King County press release.. At (16.2) {N47.56755; W121.86440} the SVT crosses 365th Drive S.E., Spring Glen-Lake Marie Road with limited parking and a portable toilet. Beginning Feb. 21 and running through mid-November, all public access will be closed along a half-mile-long section of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail between Loutsis Park at Entwistle Street and Northeast 32nd Street, also called Northeast Tolt Hill Road. Start at the tunnel. The next trestle is 1.8 miles along – as the crow flies. There used to be an access from Rutherford Slough below, but is has now been closed [15]. The elevation gain to this point is 570 ft. The Snoqualmie River is at the heart of the Snoqualmie Riverwalk project, which is now in the early planning stages of a multi-phased, long-term recreational development. However, the cost was cheap and they went up quick. The facility is accessed at the same location as the Plum River Access. Trail in excellent shape, not very busy. This was my first time out on this trail and overall I was pretty happy. Bridge construction at the Tolt River Bridge is complete, save a few cleanup jobs and re-greening of the banks, and the SV trail has re-opened. If so, it will sure make the going tough. This site has historically been used by trainers teaching people to kayak because there is moderate white water at the base of the Falls. Although earlier trip reports by others already contained some nice pictures and a detailed description, I have added another 26 more up to date and geo-coded pictures with this report covering the main part of the trail, starting at its north-western terminus in the city of Duvall. Longer than we usually like to try in one day but the downhill trek back was fast making it worthwhile. Floaters and tubers should use the Plum River access instead. Slight uphill grade after about 6 miles. One of the more scenic spots is where the trail crosses under the powerline, with views of the Zorro cut and Mailbox peak [9]. It also takes more time than most floaters want to spend on the river. TrailBear thinks: Do not be here at twilight. The 2.4 mile walk to the trestle is easy and flat, mostly shaded, and has a couple of open spots with valley views. To view our fishing access maps and additional information about this fishing destination you must be a Lunker’s Guide member. Another 2.34 miles puts you on … THE TOKUL TRESTLE, GE: N47.55724 W121.82446 The Tokul is well worth the ride. At (18.5) {N47.55761; W121.82454} [18] the SVT crosses Tokul Creek on the Tokul Creek Trestle, a true masterpiece of wooden trestle building [19][20]. Leaving Carnation, the trail begins a moderate, 400-foot climb to the upper valley. (3) the hike is marred by being close to an active gun range for about a mile. Ride on! The mountain bikers can explore onward. Trail surface is packed gravel and very easy to ride on, even with a street bike. There is parking here and also at a nearby Park and Ride lot closer to the bridge. At (9.73) {47.43537;-121.76851} is the trailhead for the Rattlesnake Ledge trail, a very popular trail where one would have difficulty finding a parking spot on a weekend. In the north, Duvall's McCormick Park sits on the banks of the Snoqualmie River. The first 5 or so miles starts out pretty rocky and it looks like they recently put down a layer of 'crushed' gravel. After approximately 4 miles, which takes you into Fall City, cross the bridge and take the roundabout north onto SR 203/Fall City–Carnation Road SE. Walked the section between 356th st and Tokul Trestle with the dog. The wide gravel track turns to singletrack dirt. Miles are in (parentheses), GPS coordinates latitude;longitude are in {braces} and numbers in [brackets] refer to the images posted herewith. The trestles are probably my favorite parts, but the falls, the valley, the views, its just incredible! From here it’s two miles along to homes within view of the trail and … THE STEEL TRESTLE, GE: N47.56952 W121.86932 Here is a change of pace. You can start the ride in Carnation at … CARNATION TRAILHEAD – NICK LOUTSIS PARK, GE: N47.64768 W121.90766 Here is a small trailhead: parking, portapotty, tables, info kiok. People on foot, bike, or horseback can expect extended flat sections and a couple of graded climbs. @@@ A QUICK WAY TO TOKUL TRESTLE Just want to see the Tokul Trestle and skip the woods? While it’s fireproof, it seems to lack the “presence” of a good timber trestle. (No other facilities.) SE. Then I think it's better for a trike to cross at Meadowbrook Way, the bridge is single lane but the walking path across the bridge is wide enough for a trike allowing you to cross without having to get off the trike. Check or FAQs for more common login questions. Access points for this trail include: McCormick Park, Nick Loutsis Park, 356th PL SE, Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area, and NE 4th & Ballarat Ave in North Bend. Access to this state Scenic River was controversial and uncertain until a land trust purchased a lot to serve as a launch point. Through the tunnel and off to the trestle. Easy to ride with a city bike. Get a FREE Rail Trails Guidebook when you become a Member with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. I rode the Snoqualmie Trail this morning (4 hrs) from Duvall to the so-called Tokul Tunnel (a very large culvert) and back and had a very enjoyable ride with flickers, squirrels, and deer that just stood and watch me roll by. While you may thing you are in the Amazon, there are homes and farms on both sides – up on the plateau and down on the river bottomlands. From the Plum Boat Launch just below Snoqualmie Falls to Fall City Park, the Snoqualmie River meanders roughly 3.3 lazy miles in the glorious and welcome Washington summer sun. The mainstem Snoqualmie River near Carnation, Washington The bridge is closed to all motorized vehicles until they can rebuilt it. It joins the Skykomish River to form the Snohomish River. I started in Duvall at McCormick Park; while there could be limited parking here on a busy day, I find sharing the parking lot with the Police Station to be a good trade off...figured it would lower the incidence of any car prowling and is only about 1 mile south of Taylor Landing. Make a noise and announce your coming. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Tolt MacDonald Park is right in town and gives access to the lower Tolt River and its confluence with the Snoqualmie. Laura Cooper, parks planner with the Department of Natural Resources, said the project will improve river access for recreation along the river in land from all three organizations in the partnership. A Discover Pass is required for parking on site. In 2013 when I rode the SVT, I saw a black bear crossing the trail at a spot close to here. Snoqualmie Point Park offers one of the region’s grandest views of the Snoqualmie Valley, Mount Si, and the Cascade Mountain Range all the way to Mount Baker. On its southern end, the trail joins the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, which extends east to the Idaho border. Did not seem an aggressive bear, but was kind of scary anyway. The trestles are A, but one mile of woods look like another mile of woods: C. Facilities are limited. Big wood trestles are rare; they tend to burn down and often did. Directions. The combined Snoqualmie River flows over Snoqualmie Falls, eventually joining the Skykomish River at the great confluence to become the Snohomish River. There have generally been seven sites used by floaters: Power House is the furthest up the river. The trail is accessible on the left from a dog park path or the entrance to Mount Si Golf Course.). 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