North Fork Snoqualmie Road

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3.9/5 (51 reviews)
Snoqualmie, Washington (King County)
Last Updated: 05/09/2022
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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.

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3.9/5 (51)
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Rated 2/5
Visited: 02/04/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Lots of potholes, some fun larger puddles. My wife and I felt the Middle Fork trail provided a lot more scenic views (and views of the river too) than this trail. Lots of people using the trail for shooting. Won't need to run this again. Its really just a road, nothing technical at all.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/03/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

My first trail ever. Great experience. A lot of potholes though, either you go slow or very fast. Or maybe I’m just noob :)
Trail Review: North Fork Snoqualmie Road - Alberto Marascia
Trail Review: North Fork Snoqualmie Road - Alberto Marascia
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 12/24/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy off-road drive. Mostly potholes as others mention, but easily handled in a 4x4. Great views of Mt. Si on the way up and the Snoqualmie Valley on the way back down.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

A beautiful drive with some lovely views. Not technical whatsoever unless it's snowy.
Trail Review: North Fork Snoqualmie Road - Gavin Convey
Trail Review: North Fork Snoqualmie Road - Gavin Convey
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 06/10/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I will start with a recommended change to the instructions. Although there are a few spots it looks like you can camp along the way out, you are not legally allowed to camp anywhere on this route until you enter the National Forest land. There is a big obvious sign on the right of the trail once you hit that point, but it is at least 10-15 miles in. Until then, this is all logging land with day use access only from what I understand, and the road to get in is just for access. I have been coming here for a few years, throughout the seasons. I'll start with the more negative thoughts. Due to the shade of the mountains, the snow at the end lasts for a long time. This area is accessible by normal passenger cars (and even an RV once!) for most of the summer, and it makes this area incredibly crowded and trashed. There have been times on a Friday afternoon where I drove the 30-45 minutes of potholes, only to find someone in every spot already. There are only about 6-8 camp spots at the end of this long and pot hole filled road, so just be aware that you may need to drive back if you can't find anything. If you do find a spot, be ready to move some large junk and pick up some trash. Last time I snagged one of the first spots on the left, and ended up hauling home two bags of trash and a smashed flat screen TV. On to the positives. There are a few bridges you cross on the way that are beautiful, and I would recommend pulling off and walking down to the bank. The logging gates are all closed to vehicles, but they provide some cool day hiking opportunities. If you can manage to snag a camp spot (maybe you get there early, or mid-week), these are some of the prettiest camp spots around. Small waterfalls, beautiful trees, and reasonable privacy from neighboring spots. Lastly, if you like shooting, the main pit provides a safe backdrop and most people out there are friendly and professional. In summary, if you can get up here mid-week in the summer, it is stunning. Otherwise, be aware that everyone seems to know about this place, and it fills up quickly.

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