Snoqualmie Valley Trail: Snoqualmie to Duvall
The Snoqualmie Valley Trail offers the opportunity to get out, in any season, and explore one of the most beautiful agricultural valleys in the region. It parallels the Snoqualmie River and occupies the historic path of a spur line of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad. At 31 miles in length, the Snoqualmie Valley Trail is the longest regional trail in King County. This itinerary takes you from Snoqualmie to Duvall, a 20-mile one-way bike ride. It also connects you to the historic downtowns and parks along the way to make the most of your day trip.
For a one-way bike ride, park one car at Depot Park, a block off Main Street in Duvall, and a just few feet from the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. You can walk up to Main Street to grab a warm beverage or anything you may have forgotten. Visit Pacific Mountain Sports for any bike needs.
Next, drive south on Highway 203. At Fall City take the second exit off the roundabout to get onto Highway 202 south and continue for a few more miles. Just past Snoqualmie Falls you’ll come upon another roundabout. Take the third exit onto Tokul Road. After about 3,000 feet you’ll see a small pull-off on the right – the Tokul Tunnel parking area. The Trail goes under Tokul Road here. After you have parked and unloaded your bike, navigate down a set of stairs just north of the parking area to get to the trail.
Once on the Trail start heading north. Do not be alarmed should you hear gunshots the first mile or so along the trail – a rifle club shooting range lies some distance below in the valley.
After about 3,000 feet you’ll arrive at the Tokul Trestle, a century-old wooden train trestle that spans a 400-foot-wide gorge and sits 120 feet above Tokul Creek. This is a great photo spot!
Fall City Side Trip
Continue riding north, winding your way down through a beautiful forest. After about 4 miles, a sign post lists the distances to towns along the Trail. At this point consider a 2-mile round trip into Fall City. The adjacent connector trail leads to SE 39th Place which in turn leads to the Redmond-Fall City Road (SR 203). The Fall City Community Park sits just across SR 203 at this point, right along the river. Downtown Fall City sits just across the river from the Park. There you might want to grab a snack and/or guide yourself through the Fall City Historic Signs Walking Tour.
Continue north on the Trail. As you get closer to Carnation the landscape begins to change, with glimpses of farm fields through the trees, turning into wide open fields on both sides as you get to Remlinger Farms just before crossing the Tolt River. The Remlinger family has owned and operated this farm for three generations and over 60 years. Farm products include u-pick berries and pumpkins. A Family Fun Park features a real steam train ride, hand led trail pony rides, mini fair rides, farm animal petting and more.
Tolt MacDonald Park
Just after crossing the Tolt River take a left to get on a trail to Tolt MacDonald Park. This 575-acre park is a popular spot for camping, hiking, picnics, and organized sports. While there, check out the photogenic red barn and the 500-foot suspension footbridge. The bridge spans the Snoqualmie River and leads to miles of forested trails.
Historic Downtown Carnation
Take a connector trail located between the barn and the ball fields to head into historic downtown Carnation. You can grab a bite to eat or check out some of the fun, local shops like Tolt Yarn and Wool. To get back to the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, go east four blocks on Entwistle Ave. Turn left on the Trail to head towards Duvall.
Stillwater Wildlife Area
The Trail is mostly flat for the remainder of the ride with lovely views of farm fields and wetlands. After about 3.5 miles you’ll cross through the Stillwater Wildlife Area. This 456-acre preserve is managed by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife conservation, waterfowl and pheasant hunting, and wildlife viewing.
Historic Downtown Duvall
Continue north on the Trail about five miles to reach Depot Park and your car. Before you head home, check out McCormick Park, which is just off the Trail below Depot Park. Enjoy a few minutes here sitting along the bank of the Snoqualmie River while reminiscing about your ride.
You can also head back into historic downtown Duvall to enjoy a walk through town or to enjoy the hearty meal you earned while biking.