Taylor River


Day Hike - Taylor River

Hike on an old logging road along the Taylor River to Big Creek Falls and Otter falls

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 650 ft

We will meet  at 7:30 am at the North Bend Safeway parking lot close to the tall Safeway/O'Reilly Auto Parts/Chase Bank sign in the parking lot. It's close to I-90 exit 31.

There will be the option of either consolidating cars (2 per car limit with masks) going to the trailhead or driving yourself.   a Northwest Forest Pass  will be needed for those driving to the trailhead

Directions to Trailhead: 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 to the Snoqualmie Lake trailhead

Due to the limitations on roster size, please don't register for the hike unless you are committed to showing up, and traveling both to and from the falls with the group.

We will follow the Taylor River trail through old growth forest about 5 miles to Big Creek Falls, and have lunch, then take a side trip to see Otter Falls/Lipsy lake on the way back.

Not much elevation gain, but a longer total hiking distance rates this as a moderate/strenuous hike, but will go at a moderate pace with plenty of rest breaks as needed.  Bring lunch and plenty of water and dress in layers. There are several stream crossings, so hiking poles and waterproof boots are strongly recommended. 

For safety we will all hike as a group so please assess before hand whether this distance/elevation gain/pace will suit you before registering.

This trip is subject to the guidelines for a Phase 2 county.

All participants will be required to have a face covering ready to pull up at the trailhead, and will be asked to be familiar with and follow the Mountaineers Covid-19 guidelines for phase 2 on this trip.

For the group's safety, every participant is asked to commit to conservative covid behavior  prior to the trip


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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
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