This trail is open to bikes on odd-numbered days only, between June 1 and October 31. Please continue to respect the odd-day only rule.
This trail follows the Snoqualmie River, rolling along on the opposite side of the river from the MF Road (FR56). It has tricky spots, but the lower stretches are appropriate for intermediate riders. The lower trail is nice and in very good shape; the upper 2/3rds above Dingford is more technical. Top third is wildest and beautiful, middle third is roughest and least interesting, lower third is most maintained and perhaps has more rolling elevation.
FR-56 and the trail connect in four places: At the main trailhead ("Middle Fork TH") (bridge); at the Dingford Creek trailhead (bridge); near Goldmyer hot springs (new bridge); at the upper trailhead (near Dutch Miller). The road is now gated and closed to motor vehicles past the Dingford Trailhead. Goldmyer Hot Springs is a nice natural hot springs. See . Reservations are advisable, particularly on the weekends.
You can do this trail in a number of ways:
If you go all the way to the upper TH it's well worth going the extra few hundred yards to the DMG TH, great lunch spot by the river. Some deluxe camp sites with grills too.
The road beyond the gate at Dingford Creek makes a nice family ride w/ good river access.
Places where hints may be helpful:
Near Goldmyer: If you're riding downstream, once you get to the Goldmyer bridge, stay to the right. You'll have to ford Burntboot Creek. It's hard to tell where the trail picks back up on the other side: you want to go to the end of the huge downed cedar tree. The downed trees may become an option for a dry crossing, but not yet advisable while carrying a bike.
Near Dingford: When you're getting close to Dingford, don't miss the signed split in the trail; you can bypass the Dingford bridge & TH altogether if you stay on the high side, or go down to the bridge.
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04/30/2013Middle Fork Road
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