Otter and Big Creek Falls

It seems impossible: Finding quiet solitude on a backcountry trail leading through ancient cathedral forests and past magnificent waterfalls less than a hour from Seattle. Yet the Taylor River Trail offers just that. While nearby Mount Si bristles with sweating hikers, and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail hosts hordes of outdoor enthusiasts, the Taylor River Trail--an old road that's been reclaimed by the forest--goes largely unnoticed and unused.

Location
Taylor River (#1002)
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District
Statistics
Roundtrip 10.0 miles
Elevation Gain/Highest Point: 650ft/ 1750ft
Features
Rivers
Lakes
Waterfalls
Fall foliage
User info
Good for kids
Dogs allowed on leash
May encounter mountains bikes
Northwest Forest Pass required
Maps
Green Trails Mount Si No. 174 and Skykomish No. 175
Driving Directions:

From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 34 (Edgewick Road). Turn left (north) onto 468th Street and follow it to the junction with the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road (Forest Road 56). Turn right and continue up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road for 12.5 miles to the Taylor River Road (just past the Middle Fork trailhead parking area). Turn left onto the Taylor River Road and drive to a wide parking area at its end, in about 0.5 mile.

From Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region by Dan Nelson

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  • azar

    Great hike. Many thanks to Bonnie

    May 27, 2013

  • Ellen

    Great hike, fun hikers, & the road is much improved! Thank you for organizing, Bonnie!

    May 27, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    Had a great time on the hike today. I think I was a little spoiled by the amount of waterfalls on the trip to Eagle Creek last week. The falls today were spectacular, just not as many of them :) It was great to see everyone again.

    May 27, 2013

  • Rachel

    Great, but tiring day! Thx for organizing today's adventure Bonnie!

    May 26, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Thank you to all who joined me for this hike! Thank you Maryjane and Ellen for driving! Great company!

    May 26, 2013

  • Gayle

    Couldn't find the trailhead today - directions, GPS & locals just couldn't get me there. I must have been very close... We did, however, find the True Buddha Tantra Temple nestled in the Cascade foothills. ...Marlee & I did Lil Si instead. Mmmeeesssyyy. Hope to do this hike another time in the spring & hook up with you as well.

    May 26, 2013

    • Bonnie

      Sorry we missed you! Hope to meet you on another hike.

      May 26, 2013

  • Casey

    Lovely, easy hike to BIG payoffs of waterfalls. Otter falls was amazing. Thanks for another day of hiking!!!

    May 26, 2013

  • Ellen

    Rachel,
    We will be at the Eastgate P&R at 7:30 am

    May 25, 2013

  • Kathy G.

    Azar and I are coming from Olympia and will be at the South Hill Park N Ride at 7. See you then

    May 25, 2013

  • Kathy G.

    Azar, let's meet at Top Foods on Cooper Point at 6 a.m. ok?

    May 25, 2013

    • azar

      Sure see you at 6 a. m

      May 25, 2013

  • Gayle

    What time do you expect to be at the trailhead?

    May 25, 2013

    • Bonnie

      8-8:15am...see you at the trailhead.

      May 25, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Ellen,
    We should be at the trailhead between 8:00 - 8:15am

    May 25, 2013

  • Ellen

    For Rachel and anyone else needing a ride from the Eastside we can meet at the Eastgate P&R. The meeting time will depend on when we are expected to be at the trailhead. Have room for 3 but will have my dog in the car,too.

    May 23, 2013

    • Rachel

      Sounds good. Let me know on the time and I'll meet you at Eadtgate. I sent you my # too.

      May 25, 2013

  • Sean Q.

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines.

    May 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines.

    May 25, 2013

  • Gayle

    I have read and will abide by the guidelines.
    I'm coming from Auburn via HWY 18. I will meet you at the Trailhead. Anyone coming from that area is welcome to ride with me - I will have Marlee (dog) with me.

    May 25, 2013

  • Kathy G.

    Is anyone interested in carpooling from Olympia?

    May 23, 2013

    • azar

      I like to carpool from oly

      May 24, 2013

  • Ellen

    I am coming from Kirkland if anyone wants a ride from the Eastside to the trail. I will have Bruiser with me. I have read & will abide by the guidelines

    May 22, 2013

    • Rachel

      Hi Ellen. I emailed you. I'm coming from Renton and would be interested in mtg on the Eastside, if able.

      May 23, 2013

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    May 23, 2013

  • Casey

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    May 18, 2013

  • Maryjane

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    April 22, 2013

  • Rachel

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    April 21, 2013

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    April 21, 2013

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    April 21, 2013

  • Mischellean

    Sorry headed over the mountain that weekend.

    April 21, 2013

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    April 21, 2013

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