North Fork Snoqualmie Road

Snoqualmie, Washington (King County)

Last Updated: 05/09/2022
3.9 / 5 ( 31 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 15.97 miles
Highest Elevation: 1500 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Snoqualmie
Nearest Town w/ Services: Snoqualmie
Official Road Name: North Fork Snoqualmie Road
Management Agency: Mt Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
District: Snoqualmie Ranger District


Highlight: North Fork Snoqualmie Road
Located just outside of North Bend, this route affords visitors from the Seattle area access to the wild forest without requiring a long drive. Although not technically challenging, this road offers great views of the Snoqualmie River, making it a top destination for fishing and kayaking enthusiasts. Looking for some free camping? Well, you would be making a good choice by taking this route as there are many campsites scattered along the way. Several primitive trails allow vehicle access right down to the riverbank, making for great picnic or camping opportunities. Due to its low elevation, this road is accessible throughout the year, which also makes it rather popular in the winter months. Those looking for more adventure can continue along one of the several forest roads that branch out at the end of this route.


Route Information

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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The route starts at the intersection of North Fork Road and SE 64th St.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Issaquah, Washington

Drive I-90 eastbound to Exit 31. Turn left at the end of the ramp. Go to the third stoplight and turn right on North Bend Way. At the car dealership, turn left on Ballarat Street. Go 4.2 miles to the junction. Turn left (uphill) on North Fork County Road.



Land Use Issues

Campbell Global owns the forest before the forest boundary, but the road itself (NF-5700/N Fork county road) is a public road. A permit is needed to deviate from North Fork Road (down the gated side roads). This was confirmed with the USDA Snoqualmie Forest ranger station. All the area beyond Lennox creek is a national forest and not under the jurisdiction of Campbell Global. From Snoqualmie ranger district: "Correct, NF-57 is a public road. Before the Forest boundary, it is County Road 250, or N. Fork Rd SE. All the gated roads that spur off before you cross the Forest boundary are privately managed by Campbell Global,, and do require a permit."

Trail Reviews (38)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: I went there today. The trail was open, but it said a permit is required - which is $275/yr and sold out for 2021/22. Is that true?
–Michael (05/08/2021)
–Alex (05/09/2021)

Writer Information


Adventure enthusiast is probably an all encompassing, accurate way to describe Alex. When hes not exploring outside the states, you can find him on the hunt looking for hidden gems of nature scattered about his home state of Washington, whether it be unique waterfalls or epic campsites. Somewhat of an amateur photographer, you can usually find him with his dslr camera in tow, looking for epic shots that are out of reach to the average tourist. Although fairly new to the true offroading scene with big lifts, winches, and 4-low, during his college days his semi obsession with rally racing led him to explore almost all the unpaved roads withing a two hour vicinity. If the weather is nice, your'e almost guaranteed to find him somewhere outdoors either fishing, shooting, hiking, camping, or wheeling.
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