60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle: Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle: Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

by Bryce Stevens, Andrew Weber

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Overview

It's been 10 years since the release of the first edition of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle, which makes 2016's third edition the 10th Anniversary Edition! This popular hiking guide has been completely updated by authors Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens for this new release, featuring three all-new hikes: Evans Creek Preserve, Mount Teneriffe and Teneriffe Falls, and Greider Lakes. Brand-new header info for all 60 hikes includes vital information on hiking with dogs.

There is also updated trail information, text, maps, and/or photos, etc., for such hikes as Iron Goat Trail, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Dirty Harry's Peak, Flaming Geyser State Park, Mailbox Peak, Franklin Falls, and many others. In addition, the book covers Washington State's two newest Wilderness Areas, Wild Sky Wilderness (established 2008) and Alpine Lakes Wilderness (expanded in 2014).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634041768
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Series: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles
Edition description: 3rd ed.
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Thanks to a family scattered around the globe, Andrew Weber grew up a world traveler for life, counting the Canadian Rockies, the beaches of New Zealand, and the deserts of southern Africa among his favorite places. He has been exploring the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years, including a successful climb of Mount Rainier in 2005 and a solo circumnavigation of the Wonderland Trail around the mountain in 2002. Working as a freelance journalist and photographer, Andrew has written about a wide range of topics, including cultural events, the arts, and professional sports. He currently resides with his wife, Heather, and two sons, Bennett and Russell, who come along on his adventures whenever they can.

A lifelong Washingtonian, Bryce Stevens grew up in the Yakima area, graduated from the University of Washington, and has lived in Seattle for about three decades. He has thoroughly explored the Cascade Range, the Olympic Mountains, and the lowlands of Puget Sound, all while hiking, backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, backcountry snowboarding, and sea kayaking. He discovered his love of outdoor photography while canyoneering in southeastern Utah in 2001 and has returned to the spectacular region many times since. He owns and operates many outdoor and travel-related websites. Bryce lives in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle with his wife, Julie, and their two sons, Kyle and Andrew.

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FRANKLIN FALLS AND OLD SNOQUALMIE PASS WAGON ROAD

  • DISTANCE & CONFIGURATION: 2.0-mile loop
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy
  • SCENERY: Franklin Falls and the picturesque South Fork Snoqualmie River Gorge, old-growth forest, a walk along a historical wagon route
  • EXPOSURE: Shaded
  • TRAFFIC: Get an early start to beat crowds and get parking.
  • TRAIL SURFACE: Dirt (well-maintained with steps and bridges)
  • HIKING TIME: 1–2 hours
  • ACCESS: Hikable late spring–fall; NW Forest Pass required for parking
  • WHEELCHAIR TRAVERSABLE: No
  • MAP(S): Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass 207; USGS Snoqualmie Pass
  • FACILITIES: No facilities at trailhead; Denny Creek Campground has toilets and water
  • DOGS: Allowed on-leash
  • CONTACT: 425-888-1421; www.fs.usda .gov/recarea/mbs/recreation /recarea/firecid=17980
  • LOCATION: North Bend

IN BRIEF

The trail to Franklin Falls combines history and natural beauty along a compact and easily accessible loop. A visit to the falls makes for a particularly enjoyable half-day’s outing for anyone who wants to explore the Snoqualmie Pass region but isn’t looking for a demanding mountain hike.

DESCRIPTION

It sounds like a joke or the effects of some terrible flood: a scenic waterfall in the middle of I-90—not off to the side somewhere or even visible from the pavement but right in the center—with traffic driving by on either side. Yet this improbable juxtaposition of natural and man-made elements is found just west of Snoqualmie Pass, where the two directions of I-90 are split. More than 25,000 people pass within 0.25 mile of Franklin Falls every day, and most would never guess that it is there. Amazingly, an old-growth forest still hangs on in the area as well, seemingly oblivious to the cars and trucks humming overhead.

Long before there was an I-90, however, human traffic passed much closer to the falls on the Old Snoqualmie Wagon Road, developed by pioneers heading west toward Seattle. Without the miracles of modern engineering that elevate the current roadway, the horse-drawn wagons had to stay at the bottom of the valley on their arduous journey through the mountains. The road often amounted to little more than two wheel-worn ruts in the mud. Nonetheless, it was the primary route across the Central Washington Cascades.

Unlike the cars on the interstate, today’s hikers tend to travel at a pace similar to that of the pioneers, which makes the former site of the Wagon Road a great place to explore the natural beauty and history of the area on foot.

At the Franklin Falls Trailhead, the correct trail is signed as Franklin Falls Trail No. 1036. The return for the 2-mile loop is on the other side of the junction where Forest Route 5830 branches off FR 58.

The hike starts out heading northeast along the South Fork Snoqualmie River. The water is clear with a greenish tinge, and runs fast through a mix of gray and reddish rocks. There are plenty of good places to stop and dip your toes in the rushing water, including a polished-rock chute in an exposed slab that could double as a water slide a short distance upstream. There is even a small sandy beach on the bank and a pool at the bottom when the river is low.

The trail is wide and easy to follow, with some private rustic cabins visible on either side of the river. Old-growth stands of western red cedar, western hemlock, and Douglas fir appear in the forest to the right, displaying some truly outstanding giant specimens. An epic cedar with a circumference easily 20 feet or more stands watch at the bottom of a set of wooden stairs.

The stairs ascend the bank as the river quickly drops away into a narrow gorge on the left, guarded by a wooden safety fence on the rim. More seemingly good swimming holes appear below, but they are unreachable at the bottom of the sheer rock walls. Various tributary streams flow into the river, including Denny Creek on the far side (although it is difficult to spot through the trees).

In just under a mile, a trail joins from the right at a junction, the start of the Old Snoqualmie Wagon Road and the return route on the second half of the loop. Stay straight ahead along the fence for another 0.1 mile to reach the splendor of Franklin Falls, where the river pours over a 70-foot cliff into a natural amphitheater of black and reddish rocks, misting everything nearby and making the trail muddy and slippery. The westbound lanes of I-90 cross overhead on a bridge to the left, clearly visible above. When the river is low, it is possible to explore the riverbed by walking on the rocks.

Return to the previous junction and turn onto the Old Wagon Road. Surprisingly, although the falls tend to attract considerable crowds, many hikers return the way they came, ignoring the simple loop option. The 1-mile descent back to the trailhead is pleasant and comfortable, with a spongy and forgiving surface of decaying wood underfoot that is easy on the joints. The perspective on the forest is different as well, with the river mostly out of sight.

Hard evidence of the old road is well hidden, and only the most diligent or lucky observer is likely to find anything specific to mark the pioneers’ passing. It is difficult enough to even imagine covered wagons making it through the mud and trees of the forest. Not so well hidden, however, is the modern, paved FR 58, which must be crossed several times along the way. At each intersection, look for an inconspicuous wooden post on the opposite side to show the continuation of the trail, usually within 10 yards to the left or right.

The end of the Old Wagon Road returns you to the junction of FR 58 and FR 5830, as mentioned earlier, where it is a short walk across the parking lot back to your vehicle.

NEARBY ACTIVITIES

From the parking area, you can hike to two good waterfalls on Denny Creek Trail, which starts from the end of FR 5830: Keekwulee Falls is about 2 miles up the trail, and Snowshoe Falls is another 0.25 mile beyond.

GPS TRAILHEAD COORDINATES

N47° 24.79' W121° 26.535'

From I-90, take Exit 47 for Denny Creek–Asahel Curtis, and head north. At the T-intersection in 0.1 mile, turn right onto Forest Route 9034. In 0.3 mile, turn left onto FR 58 toward Denny Creek. In 2.3 miles, turn left onto FR 5830 toward the Denny Creek and Melakwa Lake Trail. Just before the bridge over the river, you’ll find the trailhead for Franklin Falls Trail on the right. Park anywhere along FR 5830 near the trailhead, or drive to the end of FR 5830 for additional parking spots.

Table of Contents

Overview Map inside front cover

Overview Map Key i

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword viii

Preface ix

60 Hikes by Category xiv

Introduction 1

Seattle Parks 14

1 Camp Long 16

2 Carkeek Park and Beach 21

3 Discovery Park and Beach 26

4 Schmitz Preserve Park 31

5 Seward Park 35

6 Washington Park Arboretum and Foster Island 39

7 Woodland Park and Green Lake Park 44

Bellevue and the Eastside 50

8 Coal Creek Natural Area 52

9 Cougar Mountain: Wilderness Peak Loop 57

10 Evans Creek Preserve 61

11 Mercer Slough Nature Park 65

12 O.O. Denny Park 70

13 Redmond Watershed Preserve 74

14 Saint Edward State Park 78

15 Squak Mountain State Park: Double Peak Loop 82

16 Tiger Mountain: Chirico Trail 87

17 Tiger Mountain: Poo Poo Point Trail 91

18 Tiger Mountain: West Tiger Three Loop 96

19 Tolt River-John MacDonald Park 101

I-90 and the Snoqualmie Pass Area 106

20 Annette Lake and Asahel Curtis Mature Trail 108

21 Bare Mountain 112

22 Dirty Harry's Peak and Balcony Trail 117

23 Franklin Falls and Old Snoqualmie Pass Wagon Road 122

24 Granite Mountain Lookout Tower 126

25 In a Spring Trail to Mason Lake, Mount Defiance, and Bandera Mountain 130

26 Little Si 135

27 Mailbox Peak 139

28 McClellan Butte 144

29 Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail 149

30 Mount Si 154

31 Mount Teneriffe and Teneriffe Falls 159

32 Rattlesnake Ledge and Rattlesnake Mountain 164

33 Twin Falls Natural Area and Olallie State Park 169

Kitsap Peninsula and the Islands 174

34 Bainbridge Island: Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve 176

35 Blake Island Marine State Park 181

36 Ebey's Landing State Park and National Historical Reserve 186

37 Green Mountain State Forest 191

38 Hood Canal and Theler Wetlands 196

39 Useless Bay Park and Double Bluff Beach 201

40 Vashon Island: Point Robinson and Maury Island Marine Park 205

North of Seattle 210

41 Barclay Lake, Stone Lake, and Eagle Lake 212

42 Boulder River Trail 217

43 Greider Lakes 221

44 Heather Lake 226

45 Heybrook Ridge and Lookout Tower 230

46 Iron Goat Trail 234

47 Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls 240

48 Lime Kiln Trail 245

49 Meadowdale Beach County Park 250

50 Mount Pilchuck State Park 254

51 Spencer Island Natural Wildlife Reserve 258

52 Wallace Falls State Park 263

South of Seattle 268

53 Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge 270

54 Federation Forest State Park 275

55 Flaming Geyser State Park 280

56 Mount Rainier National Park; Mowich Lake, Eunice Lake, and Tolmie Peak Lookout 285

57 Mount Rainier National Park: Spray Falls and Spray Park 290

58 Mud Mountain Dam and White River Trail 295

59 Pinnacle Peak County Park: Cal Magnusson Trail 300

60 Point Defiance Park 304

Appendix A Hiking Stores 310

Appendix B Places to Buy Maps 311

Appendix C Hiking Clubs 312

Index 313

About the Authors 321

Map Legend inside back cover

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