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Middle Fork Snoqualmie History Hike (North Bend)

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Date & Time
Friday, July 26, 2024 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Event Overview

Join us for an unforgettable morning amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley, nestled in the heart of the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area. Joe Olbrych from the Washington Trails Association, Middle Fork history friend Monty Vanderbilt, and Mike Stenger from the Greenway Trust will lead you through this history hike. Together, you’ll hike up the Garfield Ledges Trail, with expansive views of the river valley below, and the majestic Stegosaurus Butte and Preacher Mountain in the distance.

During the hike, participants will learn (and see!) how this valley has transformed over the past century. We’ll journey through time, exploring the impacts of industries like logging, mining, and railroads; revisit the 1990s to learn about how the Middle Fork Valley was cared for after decades of negative use and neglect; and make our way to recent years and the major investment in the recreational infrastructure you see today. This hike will involve numerous stops where these tales come to life, supported by history experts and historic photos and maps to help shape the day.


These events are free to attend, but we welcome donations to support the ongoing work of our nonprofit and to help offset the cost of running programming such as this (recommended donation = $15 / person). Thank you for supporting the Greenway Trust!

3.2 miles roundtrip with 830 feet of elevation gain (WTA rates Garfield Ledges trail as easy/moderate)
Age Restriction
Youth under 18 years old are welcomed to this event with adult supervision.
What to Bring
  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes and comfortable clothing 
  • Plenty of water (at least one liter) 
  • Sun protection 
  • Snacks and/or packed lunch (we will picnic together at the top of the hike) 
  • Northwest Forest Pass 
  • Be sure to complete your online waiver in advance 
Driving Directions
Please meet at the Middle Fork Trailhead and be ready to hike at 9 a.m. Please note that a Northwest Forest Pass is required at this trailhead. We highly encourage carpooling whenever possible! (Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/zEGoaoBU5ZcAzNSo9)

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Additional Information

Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. You’ll be accompanied by experienced hike leaders with Wilderness First Aid training who will not only guide you through the trails but also provide valuable insights and stories along the way.

This event is a perfect opportunity to learn and connect with fellow outdoor enthusiasts, while also fostering a deeper connection to our environment. Participants will learn about the vital work of a local environmental nonprofit, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, and discover how you can play a role in preserving and protecting our cherished natural spaces.

The Greenway Trust coordinated and supervised the Garfield Ledges trail construction, including participation by Greenway Trust trail crews, US Forest Service staff and trail crews, volunteers, Northwest Trails, Inc., and McClung Construction Company, with support and contributions from many others. Work on the trail was completed on National Public Lands Day in September 2019.

Questions or want to be added to the event waitlist? Please contact us at info@mtsgreenway.org