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Snoqualmie Valley Trail…A 60 mile bike ride with great views, a 400 foot waterfall, and old trains

Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Snoqualmie Valley Trail

The Snoqualmie Valley Trail  (click link for trail map) begins in Duvall at the Park and Ride. It meanders past working farms as well as preserved open space areas, and connects to the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Iron Horse State Park that is just outside of North Bend. You will follow the river from Duvall to Carnation and then climb up and hug the ridge until you reach Snoqualmie. The trail stops at the North edge of Snoqualmie and you get back on the trail at the south edge of town. You do ride right past the falls. The entire elevation gain is 400 feet and it is very gradual. This is a 32 mile trail (one way) with a crushed rock surface (You might want to consider the tires you use, I prefer a hybrid tire for this kind of surface). This is a very easy 32 mile bike ride with gorgeous scenery. It is my personal favorite to prepare for STP which I do every other year as a two day ride. I will leave my car at McCormick Park in Duvall, or the Duvall park and ride, ride to North Bend where I have an early lunch, and return to Duval by midafternoon. North Bend has the only bike shop so carry a tire repair kit and bring water. Traffic is modest and includes cyclists, walkers, and horseback riders that you start to see as you get closer to North Bend. You can access the trail at :

  • Rattlesnake Lake : North Bend
  • SE North Bend Way & SE
  • NE 4th & Ballarat Ave : North Bend
  • Tokul Creek SE : Near Snoqualmie
  • 356th Pl SE : Near Fall City
  • Nick Loutsis Park : Carnation
  • McCormick Park : Duvall

Snoqualmie Falls

You should consider a brief stop at Snoqualmie Falls.  At the falls, you will find a two-acre park, gift shop, observation deck, the Salish Lodge, and the famous 270 foot waterfall. The park and viewing Snoqualmie Fallsarea are open from dawn until dusk and there are no fees. Leashed pets are allowed. The distance between the free parking lot and the viewing platform is approximately 200 feet.

Northwest Railway Museum

If you are a train buff a second “must do” on this ride is the Northwest Railway Museum. The Museum’s collection includes a 1890 Train Depot, 5.5 miles of railway line, and over 70 rail machines including steam and diesel locomotives, coaches, freight cars and a huge railway history library. The Northwest Railway Museum is located at the Snoqualmie Depot in downtown Snoqualmie. It is the largest railway museum in Washington . The Museum is open 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week. There is no admission charge to visit the Museum and grounds. The train runs Saturdays and Sundays. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day; there is limited access during Day Out With Thomas and Santa Train events. If you click tickets you can obtain train schedules and ticket prices.

This is a wonderful bike ride…enjoy.

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