Discover the Past with the Northwest Railway Museum’s “History Hikes”

The Northwest Railway Museum is excited to introduce “History Hikes,” a unique opportunity to explore the scenic trails of Snoqualmie Valley while delving into the rich local rail history.

Many trails in the valley are built on old railroad grades, providing a perfect backdrop for these guided tours.

Participants will join Museum staff and community partners on short hikes, approximately 2 miles round-trip, with educational stops along the way. These hikes are priced at $10 per person, with children under two free of charge.

The program lasts 1 to 2.5 hours, making it suitable for most fitness levels. However, participants are encouraged to be mindful of their physical limits and the trails’ accessibility challenges.

Upcoming Hike Schedule:

Saturday, May 25th at 10:00 AM

  • Hike Location: Lake Alice Trail Head for Preston to Snoqualmie Trail
  • Directions: From Preston, WA, head north 3.5 miles on Preston-Fall City Road and turn right on Southeast 47th Street, which becomes Lake Alice Road. The trailhead parking lot is on the right in 0.8 miles.
  • Historical Focus: Learn about the Snoqualmie Valley’s first railway, the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway!
  • Partnership: Fall City Historical Society
  • Parking: Free but limited

Saturday, August 3rd at 10:00 AM

  • Hike Location: Rattlesnake Lake
  • Directions: Park at 17905 Cedar Falls Road SE, North Bend, WA 98045. Lower lots require a Discover Pass or Washington State Parks Pass.
  • Parking: Limited, requires a pass

Saturday, August 24th at 10:00 AM

  • Hike Location: Section of Snoqualmie Valley Trail in Snoqualmie
  • Directions: Park in the small gravel lot on SE Tokul Road, where the Snoqualmie Valley Trail picks up. (Tokul Tunnel entrance)
  • Historical Focus: Learn about the Milwaukee Road’s Everett Branch trestles and the challenges of maintaining the Everett Branch Line!
  • Partnership: Snoqualmie Valley Museum
  • Parking: Free but very limited
  • Note: The hike begins with a short, steep, narrow hill that may be unsafe for wheelchairs.
  • Length: 1.8 miles round-trip

Important Information:

  • Tickets are valid only for the date and time purchased.
  • Participants must arrange their own transportation.
  • The hikes will proceed regardless of weather conditions, so come prepared for rain or shine.
  • Dogs are welcome if they are on leash and well-behaved.
  • Be aware that trails might not be wheelchair accessible and could present challenges for strollers, walkers, or other mobility devices. Check with the Washington Trails Association for detailed trail information.

Join the Northwest Railway Museum and immerse yourself in the Snoqualmie Valley’s fascinating history while enjoying its trails’ beauty.

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