Taylor River


Day Hike - Big Creek Falls & Otter Falls

Burn some of those holiday candy calories ahead of time with this hike to Big Creek and Otter Falls! Read leader’s notes before signing up.

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 650 ft
  • Pace: 2 to 2.5 mph

Meet at 7:45 am at the Snoqualmie Lake/Taylor River Trailhead #1002. Be ready to hike at 8 am.

Northwest Forest Pass required

Come with us on this long adventurous hike up the Taylor River valley on the outskirts of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Lisa and I will share some history and geology of the area as you quench your thirst for forests, mountains, and waterfall scenery in the heart of the fall season. This will be my first time on this route and I am excited to see what it has in store.

Pace will be on the faster side of moderate. You must be in good shape and have recently completed similar longer distance day trips. You will also need to be comfortable with short water crossings that may require you to remove your boots and cross with water shoes or barefoot. Please include a description of trips with similar conditions when requesting leader's permission to join this trip.

Trip will be rescheduled if heavy sustained rain is forecast on the days preceding or on the day of the trip.


Taylor River

  • Green Trails Middle Fork Snoqualmie No. 174S

    Trails Illustrated Alpine Lakes Wilderness

    Green Trails Mt Si No. 174

    Green Trails Skykomish No. 175
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Water shoes & towel to dry off feet
  12. Face covering/mask
  13. Hand sanitizer/biodegradable soap
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