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Olallie State Park - Olallie Trail

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area
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Length

18.4 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 3500 ft.

Rating

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The Olallie Trail in Olallie State Park is a new (as of Fall 2017) trail dedicated to mountain bikers, but open to all forms of non-motorized recreation such as hiking and horseback riding. It takes recreators up the slopes of Mount Washington above the I-90 corridor. Stop at multiple viewpoints on your way up that look north across I-90 towards the rest of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Olallie State Park protects a section of the South Fork Snoqualmie River right along I-90. There are a number of trails in the park that take you to waterfalls and over creeks. It also connects with the Iron Horse Trail. This is how you reach the Olallie Trail, and there are a few places to start from. You can start at the Cedar Falls trailhead, which is near Rattlesnake Lake. Walk about two miles east along the Iron Horse Trail until you reach the junction with Olallie. Or, you can start from either Twin Falls trailhead in Olallie State Park and connect to the Iron Horse Trail.

Once you have walked the Iron Horse Trail and reached the junction, turn south to hop onto the Olallie Trail. The trail is in excellent shape. Because it was designed for mountain bikers, it is a pleasant hike for hikers due to the comfortable grade. Many of the turns are banked to provide comfortable riding to mountain bikers. Climb through switchbacks, winding your way up Mount Washington. There are seven designated viewpoints along the trail, with views of Mt. Si, Little Si, the Mountains to Sound Greenway, Mailbox, Bessemer, and various other peaks along the I-90 corridor.

The Olallie Trail also provides access to a trail to the top of Mount Washington. This trail is only available for hikers and splits off from the Olallie Trail at about 6 miles. The Olallie Trail continues east for another 3.2 miles towards Change Mountain, where it ends. Make your way back through the forest, a pleasant descent for bikers after the climb up. This trail is a great option for hikers looking for a longer hike to who don't mind seeing the occasional biker or equestrian. For bikers and equestrians, it's a great option because of the great condition of the trail and plenty of viewpoints to stop at and enjoy the view.

 

Olallie State Park - Olallie Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4373, -121.6604 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

Washington State Parks

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Getting There

To reach the Twin Falls Trailhead, drive east on I-90 to exit 34 (about 31 miles from Seattle). Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto 468th Avenue SE, and proceed a little more than half a mile to SE 159th Street. Turn left and continue another half mile where the road dead ends in the Twin Falls parking lot.

To reach the Homestead Valley Trailhead, head exit 38 on I-90. From the exit ramp, turn right onto SE Homestead Valley Road. Cross over the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River and take the first right. At the first and second forks, bear left. The road runs out at a junction with the Iron Horse Trail, which you will hike along for about a third of a mile before it connects to the Upper Twin Falls trail.

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