Best Hiking Trails in Middle Fork Snoqualmie NRCA


Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) spans from 800 feet elevation to around 5,000 feet above sea-level. Hikes can explore wetlands, lakes, old growth forests, and rocky alpine. Protected since 2011, the 10,828 acres of land hosts one of the most popular trails, Mailbox Peak, near Seattle. The lower and middle evaluation forests and lakes are home to natural habitats like the marbled murrelet, northern spotted owl, and native mountain goat.

Getting Started

Located near the city of North Bend and bordering Mount Si NRCA, the Middle Fork area has seen many improvements in the last few years, including better roads and larger parking lots to host eager hikers. The Trailhead Direct shuttles hikers from the city of North Bend to the trailhead from June to October or November.

A new trail up Mailbox Peak was created to prevent erosion from hikers taking various paths up what is now called Mailbox Peak Old Trail, with only reflective tree markers to guide the way. Champion Beach provides day-use to the Snoqualmie River and is a short walk from the road. The Mine Creek Day Use area is perfect for families who are seeking low-impact adventures with places to picnic and trails to walk. Rafting and kayaking bring paddlers to the river.

Looking for a longer day? Check out the Granite Creek Trailhead and extend your hike to the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

When to Go

Best time to visit is June through September, though certain trails see hikers year-round.


Only day-use permitted within the area and a Discover Pass is required to park for recreational use to help fund the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Dog Info

Dogs are allowed on leash.


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