Middle Fork Snoqualmie - Trail, northbend, Washington

Middle Fork Snoqualmie - Trail, northbend, Washington

DESCRIPTION

Sept. 30th, 2003: The forest service has announced the acceptance of "Alternative E", which had been under review following a period of public comments. Mountain bike access has been reinstated to the following trails for a three year trial period: 1003, 1003.1, 1003.01, 1003.2, and 1002. Access will be from roughly April 15th to November 1st, depending on trail conditions. Mountain bike use will be restricted to odd numbered calendar days only. The forest service decision can be found on-line at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/projects/mf_atm/. The Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie river is based around a deep forest access road which follows The Middle Fork Snoqualmie River The wild natural beauty of the Middle Fork Valley is unsurpassed by other lower elevation recreational areas in Western Washington. The Middle Fork Trail follows the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River all the way to Goldmeyer Hot Springs. the local hiking club has put a lot of gravle and walking path style stair steps in along the way, taking away the real singletrack experance i enjoyd before we where kicked out. they did a great job fixing the wet areas but it just looks like its ready for pavment

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 03, 2009]
jkoebel
Cross Country Rider

Nearly impassible after heavy flooding. Huge landslides full of trees and boulders, which you must climb over (and I do mean climb) litter the trail preventing much fun from happening after the first couple miles. Steer clear, it's not worth it.

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4
VALUE
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4
[Aug 11, 2008]
Tarekith
Downhiller

This is probably one of my favorite mtn bike trails near Seattle so far. Incredible scenic as it follows the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, from rolling second growth forest to technical routes along the river, this trail has a lot to keep you working. Most of the trail is rollercoaster smooth and fast singletrack, though quite often you'll run into a difficult rock garden you'll need to finesse through. Also, there are a lot of long stairs that will need to be climbed, though the 'steps' are quite long and not something you need to dismount for. Quite a few wooden bridges that span various small creeks the trail goes over. Well maintain trail by far, but the bridges can be VERY slippery when it's even a little damp, as it was today.

That said, this was one of the most fun routes I've ridden since moving to Seattle, challenging and beautiful at the same time.

Customer Service

Start at Middle Fork Trailhead, and either head up the gravel road to another trail head and ride back down the trail. Or do it as an out and back, which is what I did. Even though you are climbing on the way out, there's still a lot of downhills along the way to keep it fun. Flip side is that the ride downhill on the way back is often broken up by a lot of uphills that make you question just how far up you pedalled on the way out :)

Similar Products Used:

Tiger Mountain, or Tolt-McDonald Park.

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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4
[Aug 02, 2006]
doug grabski
Weekend Warrior

One great mountain bike ride less than an hour from Seattle. Deep forest riding with "magic carpet" rides around many turns. At some points the river is in earshot, and others you see no signs of it. Many short rocky technical sections mixed in with the magic carpet ride. Other areas have exposed faces right down to the river.
This is a gem of a trail open to bikes on odd numbered days. There were very few people on the trail, and I passed two bikes.
A must rip.

Customer Service

I started at the lower portion of the middle fork trailhead. I rode the trail up to Dingford Creek and then crossed the bridge at Dingford only to turn around and ride the trail back. Next time I ride this trail, I'll park at the Lower middle fork trailhead and then ride the dirt road up to Dingford Creek and then cross the river there and ride the middle fork trail back down.

A lovely trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 11, 2005]
prevail99
Weekend Warrior

I thought this trail was amazing - had a little bit of everything and was very scenic compared to what I am used to. I did the loop - took the FR56 all the way to Middle Fork trailhead (the first of four possible entry points - and the shortest). Can be fast in some spots with tight turns - the river trail threw me off because it seemed I got more down for how little up I did. The thing that sucks is some jerk was scoping us out at the beginning of the ride at the parking lot (I thought he was just leaving from a hike or something) in a 90-91 old maroon Legacy wagon and even nodded a hello in our direction as we took off for the FR climb. He circled around the parking lot - which seemed odd - and took off. We came back to see my buddy's rear window smashed. The car was rifled - my wallet - his backpack - and most valuables. I guess now that this trail is open and people are starting to ride it more it is attracting some real losers.

Customer Service

The next time I do this - I want more time to ride the FR56 all the way up to the hot springs and take the trail down - supposed to be close to a 20+ mile loop that way. Middle Fork is the first entry point and is fun - but can be done in less than 2 hrs.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 16, 2005]
Trailpoacherdude
Cross Country Rider

I hit this trail in late June, did not see any signs indicating no Mtn bikes, and enjoyed a mellow cruise through the valley. Maybe I was not supposed to be on the trail, but it was an odd number day, and middle of the week. The trail is designed for hikers and trail runners of all abilities, and really quite nice. Since it was such a sensitive issue about mtn bikes, I took care not to skid, and step aside for the couple of hikers I saw. The scenery was awesome, enhanced by the thunderstorm that rolled through on my return leg. Got back to the rig just as the rain came down. I might be moving to North Bend, and was checking out the trails. This would be a great ride to Zen out on. I'm trying to attach a few photos taken that day.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 17, 2005]
ROAD WARRIOR
Cross Country Rider

read the nfs web site and had high hopes. but the trail is still closed to bikes (probally too wet). Did not waste the day as the ccc tr. across the road was open, is a 3.2 mi gravel mtb tr. with tight switchbacks and VERY SLIPPERY wooden bridges. I then road 56 up past the hot springs to where they are still repairing the road. (appx 2300') The road past Dingford creek is still open to all vehicles but is 4wd or mtb past that point. Great views from there.

Customer Service

see www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/projects/mf_atm/.

Similar Products Used:

not from area

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0
VALUE
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0
[Aug 31, 2004]
gearz
Weekend Warrior

I was dissapointed with this ride. Thought it was through old growth forest but 90% was second growth and not very scenic. Portions of the trail are fun especially from Dingford Creek on down to the trailhead. The upper valley 'trail' is mostly old overgrown, rocky road grade kind of like Preston Railroad but not nearly as good.

Customer Service

Just do the ride from Dingford Creek on down either as an out and back or as a loop by riding up the road. The trail stays pretty good to Rock Creek so you might want to go upstream from Dingford for a few miles for a longer ride. The ford(s) at Goldmeyer and Burnt Boot aren't trivial if you decide to do the longer loop like I did today. They were both knee to upper thigh deep today (late August)and I'm 5'10"! Be prepared...

Similar Products Used:

Kachess Ridge would be the closest...

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 02, 2004]
spin
Cross Country Rider

As of 7/1/04 the trail has been cleared and is in great condition (from Middle Fork Trailhead to Dingford Creek). Despite the gravel "walkways" put in near the Middle Fork Trailhead, this is a cool trail and should be ridden more. Along with the great scenery, the trail is nice and smooth for the most part and makes for great riding. Next time you're thinking about riding Skookum Flats, go ride this instead.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 22, 2004]
kurtk
Cross Country Rider

I rode this trail 5/21/04. The Forest Service is currently working on the trail, it is clear thru to about mile 2.5. Then lotsa blowdown.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 22, 2004]
kurtk
Cross Country Rider

I rode this 5/21/04. Forest Service is currently working on clearing the trail. It is currently clear of blowdowns thru to about mile 2.5.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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2
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