Pratt River Connector Trail

Snoqualmie Ranger District

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Thu, Jun 20, 2013


Puget Sound, I-90 corridor. This new trail just weathered its first winter. Now WTA returns to the trail to give attention to areas that need it most. Tasks include getting rid of mud holes, fixing drainage, and repairing rock walls to make sure this trail performs like new.

This is the regular Thursday work party, so we will be meeting at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast at Ken's Restaurant (also know as Ken's Truck Stop) in North Bend. Take I-90 east to exit 34 for 468th Ave SE. Turn left at 468th Ave SE until you see the restaurant. All volunteers are welcome join us. It is a great opportunity to meet your co-workers. Otherwise you can meet us at the trailhead at the regular time.

Hiking the Pratt River Trail currently requires a frequently-dangerous ford of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie. An old trail leading from the Middle Fork Trail to the Pratt--eliminating the ford--is so heavily brushed in as to be unhikeable. Much of the trail can still be found. But for the majority of hikers, reaching the Pratt River Trail is out of the question, due to the sheer challenge of brush-hiking and navigation. The Snoqualmie Ranger District has finally received approval to rebuild and partially relocate the Lower Pratt River Trail, which leads from the Middle Fork Trail to the confluence of the Pratt and the Middle Fork, where the main Pratt River Trail connects.

Driving directions:
From Seattle drive east on I-90 east and take exit 34 (468th Ave SE). Turn left off of the ramp, drive 0.5 miles and then take a right on SE Middle Fork Road (Forest Service Road 56). At 1.5 miles from the freeway you will come to a 'Y' intersection. Bear left. At 2.7 miles from the freeway come to a stop sign. Turn left and continue following the Middle Fork Road (dirt road at this point). After approximately 12.0 miles from the freeway you'll find the Middle Fork trailhead and parking on the right. **Note, it is a rough dirt road and may take you longer than expected to reach the trail head. Carpooling and/or driving in a higher clearance vehicle (such as a Subaru) encouraged but not required.** (Driving time from Seattle: approximately 1.5 hours.)


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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