Taylor River


Day Hike - Big Creek Falls & Otter Falls

Lovely, long hike along the river to two roaring falls. Optional trek up to the top of Otter Falls for the adventurer.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 650 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,750 ft
  • Pace: 2.5

9:00 AM at the Snoqualmie Lake Trailhead--Northwest Forest Pass or America the Beautiful required

Getting There

From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 34. Turn left onto 468th Street and follow it about 0.3 miles to the junction with the signed Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. From here it is 12.1 miles to the trailhead for Taylor River.

Turn right and head up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. Where the road forks, stay right on the Lake Dorothy road, and continue down this road, passing many trailheads, as well as the Middle Fork campground and large trailhead for the Middle Fork Road, before arriving at Garfield Ledges Trailhead.

The trailhead for Otter Falls/Taylor River is another 0.3 miles down the road past this trailhead, at the Snoqualmie Lake trailhead, but this parking area is a much better place to leave your car.  There are lots of potholes if you go all the way to the end (Snoqualmie Lake TH).

Covid-19--we will follow all Mountaineers' protocols, including bringing a cloth facemask and hand sanitizer.  The mask must be worn when within 6' of others.

The trek up the crude boot path to the top of Otter Falls in optional.  Expect rain or rain showers and bring full rain gear and a pack cover.  If the weather is forecasted to be truly awful, I will cancel the trip, otherwise it is a go.  Rob


Taylor River

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
  • full rain gear
  • pack cover
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