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Posted on: February 25, 2021

North Bend Area Trails to Explore this Winter

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The Mountains to Sound Greenway (MTSG) runs right through the small mountain of North Bend, Washington. With the Greenway's boundless trails, novice and expert hikers alike can find the perfect trail for their skill level. 

With 1.5 million acres of land spanning from Seattle to Ellensburg, there’s plenty of outdoor fun to explore in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. When the snow starts to fly, it doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. There are many winter hiking trails that remain relatively snow-free, so bundle up and head out to explore.

Even though you shouldn’t find these North Bend area trails under too much snow, it is always suggested that you carry the 10 essentials, check the forecast, and read recent trip reports before heading out.

Oxbow Loop - Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley
1.9 miles / 60 ft gain

Oxbow Loop Trail is a relatively flat 1.9-mile hike that provides a family-friendly, low-intensity hiking addition within the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley. The trail begins by winding through older forest stands, providing intermittent views of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, Oxbow Lake, and the surrounding mountain peaks of the Middle Fork Valley. Learn more about MTSG work on this project.

Garfield Ledges - Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley
2.2 miles roundtrip / 830 ft gain

Found at the end of the Middle Fork road, this short but steep trail reaches a scenic viewpoint in just over a mile, providing a big pay off with minimal effort. With a high point at 1,860 feet above sea level, the trail is usable year-round, providing the Middle Fork road is passable (snow is not removed from the road in the winter). The hike ascends from a large trailhead to a cliff-top viewpoint with an expansive vista down valley to the southwest, including views of Stegosaurus Butte, Preacher Mountain, Grouse Ridge, and Rattlesnake Ledge. Learn more about MTSG work on this project

Camp Brown - Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley
2.2 miles roundtrip / 830 ft gain

Located approximately eleven miles down the Middle Fork Road, this gently meandering half-mile loop trail, built following Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, provides scenic views of the congressionally-designated Wild and Scenic Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. Visitors can stroll along the gravel-lined loop trail that is routed through lush forest with frequent sightings of the river surging by and the rock face of Garfield Mountain! Nestled along the riverbank and trail are eleven picnic sites with charcoal grates, which make a perfect spot to enjoy lunch with a view. A short ramp and set of stairs also give visitors access to a gravel bar beside the river. Learn more about MTSG work on this project.

Snoqualmie Valley Trail - Multiple start points in the Snoqualmie Valley
31.5 miles total (multiple access points allow for desired hike length)

The Snoqualmie Valley Trail (SVT) is King County’s longest, and perhaps most majestic, regional trail. This soft-surface greenway follows a historic railroad route through the lower and upper Snoqualmie River valleys to the Cascades and provides access to the rural towns of Duvall, Carnation, and Fall City, as well as Snoqualmie and North Bend. Highlights include Snoqualmie River Valley views, river natural areas, the historic 100-foot-high Tokul Trestle, nearby Snoqualmie Falls, and ever-changing views of Mt. Si along the upper valley portion of the trail. Click here for a trail map with more details about parking and stops to experience along the way.

Cedar Butte - North Bend
3.5 miles roundtrip / 900 ft gain

Take a short hike up a forested butte near Rattlesnake Lake to reach a beautiful summit with minimal company on the trail compared to other popular hikes in the area. The summit is forested, but there are views out toward the north looking up the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, with Mount Si, Mount Teneriffe, Green Mountain, Russian Butte and Mailbox Peak all visible. (Trail description from WTA.org)


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