Trip Report    

Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

Easy day hike in mature forest, some creek and mountain views

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Trail mostly snow-covered (up to about 6 inches in some places, deeper the further I went) but well-marked by bootprints, no concerns with route-finding, micro-spikes might be helpful but I had no trouble with just poles, snowshoes not required. Some blow-downs, mostly after the 3.5 mile point; only one that needed to be deviated around.

Hadn't been on this trail in a number of years, seemed like there had been some significant trail reroutes since last time, but honestly it could just be me. Hiked in about 5 miles, just over 900 feet of elevation gain, 3:30 minutes round trip.

MF trailhead parking lot was largely snow-covered and icy early in the morning, as was the river bridge. Snow started out as patchy and became more or less constant the further I went, but the trail is obvious though unmarked and doesn't require snowshoes or traction devices. A few blowdowns, but only one big one that required deviation. This is a low-elevation hike in mature 2nd/3rd growth forest, so not many views - territorial glimpses of the surrounding peaks through the trees. The trail roughly parallels the river but is rarely beside it to the distance I hiked. 

Nice, easy walk in the woods.