• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    25 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    4230 Feet

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

Beautiful undulating riverside trail surrounded by lush forests and towering peaks.

This beautiful tucked-away trail offers runners, hikers, and backpackers a new view of their favorite neighboring peaks - like Mailbox Peak and Mt. Si - from one of the most scenic river trails in the Seattle area.

Often overlooked in favor of more rigorous hikes, the Middle Fork is a gently graded single-track that winds in and out of the forest and follows the Snoqualmie River all the way to the Pass. It's a spectacular running trail and training ground for distance runners, and it's frequently maintained by the volunteers at WTA and Mountains to Sound Greenway. Bridge crossings, waterfalls, and wildlife sightings along with towering trees make the Middle Fork a superb trail choice along the I-90 corridor.

One of my favorite things about this trail is that it remains between 1000 - 1,500 feet for its first seven miles, making it a great low elevation options during winter months and shoulder season. You'll get to enjoy a snow-free running trail with all of the beauty of snow-capped peaks revealing themselves at every corner.

Pack according to weather and your desired activity. Families can bring young children along this trail for as few as two miles and still enjoy a long day picnicking by the water, other backpackers may continue on up to the very end of the trail to visit the Gold Meyer Hot Springs. Runners can continue as far as they'd like - you'll hit Snoqualmie Lake at mile 8.7, making a 17.4 mile round trip. However you choose to enjoy it, make sure the Middle Fork is on your winter adventure list. 

Pack List

  • Running, hiking, or walking shoes
  • Food and water
  • Weather protection
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Rachel Davidson Explorer

Mountain climbing, trail running, and writing all about it. New to Seattle! Hit me up to show me around or go on an adventure.

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