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Big Creek Falls

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area
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Length

11.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Rating

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WTA worked here: 2018
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

Take a leisurely hike on an old logging road to a beautiful waterfall.

From the Middle Fork Road, drive to the end and park at the Snoqualmie Lake Trailhead, 12 miles from the beginning of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. Start from the small parking area and admire the wide Taylor River as you cross a paved bridge. Pass a couple of dispersed camping sites and come to a junction with the Quartz Creek trail branching off to the left at about 0.5 miles. Take the right fork, staying on a relatively flat, rocky trail that heads through quiet forest. Moss-laden birches, western redcedars, and western hemlocks tower over you.

Along the trail, Taylor River rushes past you, and craggy Garfield Peak plays hide-and-seek through the trees. Near a creek crossing, the forest opens up, offering hikers a glimpse of a spire of Treen Peak.

After three miles, come to a large bridge spanning roaring Marten Creek. A bootpath veers off to the left just before the bridge – a mile’s hike up this primitive, overgrown trail takes you to Marten Lake. Take photos at the bridge and then press on, crossing roughly ten drainages before the turn-off for Otter Falls.

With spring’s high waters, some of these crossings can be tricky. Hiking poles are very helpful in high water. Keep in mind that rocks can be loose or slippery with moss – don’t attempt any crossing that you feel uncomfortable tackling.

Pass the turnoff for Otter Falls and just around the corner, find yourself at Big Creek Falls, visible from the second bridge on your hike, a large concrete affair, another remnant from the days of logging in this area.

 

Big Creek Falls

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5601, -121.5323 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

Snoqualmie Lake (#1002)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Skykomish No. 175 map

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. Turn right and head up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. Where the road forks with the Lake Dorothy Road, stay right.

Stay on this road until you arrive at the Garfield Ledges trailhead. A self-service Northwest Forest Pass station is back down the road at the Middle Fork Trailhead.

The trailhead is half a mile down the closed road leading north out of the parking area.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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