Middle Fork Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 991' 302 m
Descent: -993' -303 m
High: 1,364' 416 m
Low: 1,072' 327 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A beautiful run along the lower section of the Middle Fork Trail.”— Eric Ashley
You can follow the Middle Fork Trail #1003 for miles on a mix of singletrack and abandoned 1930s-era railroad beds. Along the trail, enjoy traveling through mature second-growth forests peppered with occasional remnants of old-growth and intermittent views of Garfield Mountain and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River.
At 0.75 miles, the trail turns away from the river and passes beneath a prominent knob known by locals as Stegosaurus Butte. Further along, the trail follows an old railroad grade later used by the North Bend Timber Company. Around the three-mile mark, the trail descends back to the riverbank. Continue along the trail as it pleasantly follows the contours of the river until you reach the access bridge at milepost 5.8 that connects to the Dutch Miller Gap / Dingford Creek Trail.
Although the trail continues for several miles, this is a popular spot for day-runners to turn around and head back to the parking area.
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Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Office