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Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Basin

MarkBalcony_MiddleForkThe Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River Basin is located just 45 minutes from downtown Seattle and holds huge potential as a major recreation destination with its rugged mountain peaks, expansive forests, a wild river, and prime wildlife habitat.

Road to bring more recreation use

A construction project on 10 miles of the Middle Fork Road will improve recreation access for hikers, kayakers, mountain bikers, equestrians and others who enjoy this nearby wild valley. Major improvements to this notorious, pothole-filled access road will take place over three summers, 2014-2016. The Federal Highway Administration awarded the construction contract to Active Construction of Tacoma. This long-awaited project will greatly enhance water quality in the valley, reduce sediment runoff into wetlands and streams, diminish summer dust clouds from the current gravel road, and open coastal cutthroat trout migration routes that have been blocked for decades.

While recreation-seekers will be impacted by summer construction closures, in the long term the new road will allow much improved access into the spectacular Middle Fork Valley.

Read our blog about the road closures.

Learn more about the paving project on FHWA's website.

Visit WTA's website for an interactive map of the road closures.

Two decades of work

Once plagued by illegal dumping, target shooting, and drug use, the Middle Fork Valley has been transformed over the past 20 years through public land acquisitions, cleanup, and recreation planning. In 1997, the Greenway Trust led an 18-month planning process for the valley. Since then the Greenway Trust, State Department of Natural Resources, and U.S. Forest Service have been working together plan ahead for public access while protecting the spectacular natural areas the Middle Fork has to offer.

Recent accomplishments

  • Redevelopment of Dingford Creek Trailhead
  • Building a new trail to Mailbox Peak
  • Decommissioning forest roads in Granite Basin
  • Removing invasive weeds

Anticipated 2014 projects

  • Middle Fork Trail Relocation
  • Pratt Bar Trail
  • Continuing work on Mailbox Peak Trail


Read our Middle Fork fact sheet to learn more.

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