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Posted on: May 18, 2021

10 Great North Bend Hikes

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Looking to hike in North Bend? Your options are plentiful. Here’s a list of some good hikes in the North Bend area – for beginners, intermediate and experienced hikers. For directions and more details on each hike, click the linked headline. Be sure to stop in town when your hike is complete and it’s time to re-fuel. See our Best Places to Eat in North Bend list to find the perfect place to fill up.

Camp Brown Trail

This is a relatively new trail in the North Bend area. Located about 11-miles out Middle Fork Road, this meandering half-mile loop was built following Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Take in scenic views of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River while exploring this trail.

Garfield Ledges Trail

Another new trail, Garfield Ledges opened in 2019 and offers a short but steep 2.2-mile roundtrip hike. After an 830-foot elevation gain, a scenic viewpoint greets you after only a mile into the hike. The trail is located at the end of Middle Fork Road and is usable year-round, but snow is not removed from the road during winter.

Little Si Trail

Not ready to tackle Mount Si or Mount Teneriffe trails? Then Little Si is likely the perfect option.  Next door to big brother Mount Si, this 3.7-mile roundtrip hike has a moderate grade and is a good option for beginners with only a 1,300-foot elevation gain. This trail is also the closest to North Bend – just out Mt. Si Road. As such it draws a crowd in the spring and summer while also staying busy year-round.

Mailbox Peak Trail

This is a very popular hike in the North Bend area – and another one out Middle Fork Road. The trail has been rebuilt. The new trail is still steep – with a 4,000-foot elevation gain – but safer than its predecessor. Reach the top. See the famed mailbox. Take in the breathtaking views. This is not the trail for beginners.  This 9.4-mile roundtrip hike is a tough one.  Expect crowds and it can be tough to find parking in the trailhead lot. 

Mount Si Trail

Some think of this as the original North Bend hike. This one is an ‘oldy-but-goody’ that still draws 100,000 hikers annually to the area. Popular might not be enough to describe this trailhead. The parking lots is usually overflowing on nice days, especially on weekends. 8-miles roundtrip with a 3,100-foot elevation gain means you should be in good shape to reach the top, but novice hikers can still enjoy it. The views are amazing. You can even see Seattle on a nice day. [See photo from atop Mount Si below.]

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Mount Teneriffe

Are you ready for a long-haul hike? Then Teneriffe might be for you. A relatively new trail, Mountains to Sound Greenway did this road to trail conversion, creating a 13-mile roundtrip hike featuring a waterfall and second and third-growth forest. The trail also features a brand-new trailhead parking lot. Close to the Mount Si Trailhead, but often less busy. Bring your essentials for this lengthy hike that has a 3,800-foot elevation gain. You’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view.

Oxbow Loop Trail

This is another new trail, following a loop around Oxbow Lake in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley. This 1.8-mile flat, well-maintained trail is perfect for beginning hikers and/or kids. It offers mountain views, river sounds and plenty of wildflowers. Glaciers helped form the Valley where Oxbow Lake and this trail are situated. 

Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

One of the most popular hikes in the North Bend area, this roughly 4-mile roundtrip hiking trail is busy – so bring your patience if traversing on a sunny weekend day. Your effort will pay off at the top of Rattlesnake Ledge and the views it provides of Rattlesnake Lake, the Cedar River Watershed and the Snoqualmie Valley below. Safety note: Rattlesnake Ledge is very exposed and has sheer cliffs so approach slowly with kids or dogs and be especially careful if the rock is wet.

Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Think of this as the trail that keeps on going. SVT spans 32 miles from Duvall to Snoqualmie Pass with many exit and entrance points in between. It provides ample space for runners, walkers and bikers – AND will take you through downtown North Bend.  Take in views of the nearby Snoqualmie River, Rattlesnake Lake and more as you enjoy all this trail has to offer.

Twin Falls Trail

A 2.6-mile roundtrip hike with a 500-foot elevation gain, the trail parallels the river and offers a great way to intersect with nature. Twin Falls is a popular hike with locals and visitors. It can get busy in the summer. The trail offers great views of the two falls that are its namesake.

 

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