Most Snoqualmie Valley residents already know how popular the Middle Fork area is, drawing hundreds to the Valley for outdoor activities.
Mountains to Sounds Greenway Trust says the Snoqualmie River and its forested valley offer outdoor opportunities for everyone, from trails to high mountain ascents to riverside beaches.
In recent years, the Middle Fork Valley has been undergoing a major transformation. One big change is the newly paved Middle Fork Road, now nearly finished after three years of construction. The project reconstructed and paved a nearly 10-mile section the road and now offers safe and family-friendly access to the area for the first time.
Did you know? Nearly the entire Middle Fork Valley is now publicly owned and managed by the US Forest Service, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and King County Parks.
To celebrate National Public Lands Day this weekend, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and partners will celebrate completion of the new [Middle Fork] road and the opening of several new trails and trailheads in the Valley.
Nearly 200 volunteers from across the region will build trails and plant trees at several popular Middle Fork sites, including the Middle Fork Trail, the new Granite Creek Trailhead, and the future trail to Garfield Ledges. Afterwards, REI Co-op will host an after party for volunteers and public land managers at the USFS Middle Fork Campground.
Mountains to Sound Greenway says they still have about 20 volunteers slots open, and would love some more Snoqualmie Valley volunteers.
If you’re interested, here’s some of the events/activities happening in the Middle Fork area this weekend:
Middle Fork Road Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
When: Saturday, September 30th | 10:45am – 12:15pm
- Congresswoman Suzan Delbene, Washington’s First Congressional District
- Sandra Otto, Division Director, Federal Highways Administration
- Dianne Guidry, Deputy Regional Forester, US Forest Service
- Brock Milliern, Division Manager, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
- Fred Jarrett, Deputy County Executive, King County
- Jon Hoekstra, Executive Director, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Granite Creek Trailhead Opening
When: Saturday, September 30th | 12:15 – 12:45pm
Speakers: Kevin Brown (King County Parks), Laurie Benson (Washington State Department of Natural Resources), Jon Hoekstra (Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust).
Middle Fork Trail Opening
When: Saturday, September 30th | 1:00 – 1:30pm
Speakers: Dianne Guidry (US Forest Service), Jon Hoekstra (Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust).
Middle Fork Stewardship and Cheers for Volunteers Celebration
When: Saturday, September 30th | 9:00 to 1:00pm Volunteer Events | 1:00 to 3:30pm Celebration
Volunteer events include:
- Trail Construction at future trail to Garfield Ledges (Greenway Trust)
- Tree Planting at new Granite Lakes Trailhead (Greenway Trust)
- Maintenance at Middle Fork Campground (USFS and Greenway Trust)
- Trail Maintenance at Pratt River Trail (Washington Trails Association)
- Trail Maintenance at Middle Fork Trail (Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and Backcountry Horsemen of Washington)