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Middle Fork to Salmon La Sac Traverse

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area
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Length

31.0 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 5000 ft.

Rating

3.00 out of 5

 
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

Miles of riverside rambling, alpine wandering, a beautiful lonely lake, and high desert hiking, as well as all the planning and logistics that goes into a long-distance hike – this will satisfy your thruhiking cravings (at least for a month or so).

Whichever way you decide to hike, you’ll want to have a car (or a pickup arranged) on the other end. Or you could consider doing a key swap.

Beginning at the large Middle Fork Trailhead, you’ll enjoy several miles of streamside roaming up the Snoqualmie River before arriving at your first camp. It’s just another 2.9 miles to Crawford Creek camp at 3400 feet. Stay at either of these sites for your first night. It makes for a somewhat high mileage day, but tomorrow is a short, beautiful hike.

From Crawford Creek, it’s another 3.1 miles up to Pedro Camp, then it’s a steep 0.8 miles to the junction with Williams Lake. This is a worthy side trip if you have the extra time, but if not, continue on through Dutch Miller Gap to Lake Ivanhoe. Camping here, at the high point of your hike, is definitely worth it, just be sure to find a spot that won’t be impacted by your stay.

It’s all downhill from here. Day three, head 3.4 miles and 1600
feet of elevation downhill to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Continue a further mile to the junction with Trail 1310, and make a left.

You’ll traverse along the north side of Waptus Lake, staying on Trail 1310. From the east end of the lake, it’s another 9 miles down to the trailhead at Salmon La Sac. Whether you want to pack it all into one day, or break it up into two days and camp along the Waptus River trail is your choice.

 

Middle Fork to Salmon La Sac Traverse

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5480, -121.5372 Open map in new window

Getting There

To begin at the Middle Fork Trailhead - From Seattle, drive
east on I-90 to exit 34 (Edgewick Road). Turn left (north) onto 468th Street and follow it to the junction with the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road (Forest Road 56). Turn right and continue up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road for 11.8 miles to the Middle Fork trailhead parking area on the right. Cross the river on the impressively large metal and wood footbridge, and turn upstream.

To begin from Salmon La Sac (or to drop your car there for a shuttle hike) - Drive I-90 to exit 80 signed for Roslyn/Salmon la Sac. Turn north onto State Route 903. You’ll drive for nearly 15 miles, skirting Cle Elum Lake before arriving at a Y-junction in the road near the Salmon La Sac Campground. Veer left onto Road 111, crossing the bridge over the Cle Elum River and following the sign for the Cooper River Trail. Arrive at the large trailhead in another half mile.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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Middle Fork to Salmon La Sac Traverse

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