Middle Fork Snoqualmie River July 2012
Oplopanax horridus (Devil's Club) Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail July 2012
Hylocomium splendens (Step Moss) Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail July 2012
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail July 2012
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The Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail follows the river very closely through the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest northeast of North Bend in King County. Even though this is a recently disturbed, definitely not old growth forest, it is still quite beautiful. The land is moist & lush. The flora is varied & abundant. The understory here is much more interesting than the trees. The sight & sound of the river are constant companions. There are often views of nearby mountains. The elevation gain is only a few hundred feet, starting at about 1,000 feet above sea level. It is possible to connect to other trails & continue hiking into steeper country for many miles. About 4 miles from the trail head is a large & sturdy bridge crossing the roaring falls of Dingford Creek. This is where I turned back.