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Granite Creek Trail and Middle Fork Natural Area: National Public Lands Day

When
Saturday, September 28, 2019: 9am to 1pm
Event Type
Priority Areas
Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley
Location
Middle Fork Natural Area
Description

The Granite Creek trail and the Middle Fork Natural area are of the first recreational opportunities upon entering the valley, perfect  for those looking to seek new heights, or explore the river.

The Granite Creek trail offers a quiet getaway from the popular hikes along I-90. Better yet, the trailhead is one of the few that still has open spots on a sunny summer Saturday. Hikers will wander switchbacks through second growth forest among the massive stumps of once-towering old growth with occasional views of the Middle Fork Valley. On the other side of the Middle Fork Road, you will find the Middle Fork Natural Area, which offers secluded access to the Middle Fork River. The Greenway Trust, Department of Natural Resources, King County Parks and Recreation and volunteers are working hard to maintain this area and keep invasive weeds under control before traveling further up the valley. Volunteers will continue this work, as well as plant a few native trees and shrubs, near the trailhead and within the Middle Fork Natural Area.  

Volunteers will meet at the Middle Fork Trailhead and be shuttled to their project site for this project. 

Project Difficulty
Moderate
Age Restriction
Any participant under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
What to Bring

For safety, volunteers are required to wear:

  • Long pants made of sturdy material
  • Sturdy, close-toed shoes
  • Gloves (provided)

In addition, we recommend that participants bring:

  • Warm layers, especially during the fall, winter, and spring
  • Rain gear
  • Big sack lunch
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • At least one full water bottle
  • Small daypack for lunch, extra layers, etc…
Driving Directions
Volunteers will meet and park at the Middle Fork trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/VGyjGdSvq5o There will be no cell reception at the Middle Fork Trailhead. If you have questions about your event, please contact Caroline Villanova at (206) 373-1600. Thank you! From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 34 (Edgewick Road). Turn left (north) onto 468th Ave SE and follow it to the junction with the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road (Forest Road 56). Turn right and continue up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road for 11.8 miles to the Middle Fork trailhead parking area on the right. Look for Greenway signs and staff.
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