Rock Creek Falls

North Bend, Washington

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Once upon a time, the Cascade Crest Trail rolled through the Rock Creek valley, carrying hikers down from the ridge above Snoqualmie Pass. That old scenic high route later became the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)—the brightest gem in the triple crown of the National Trail System (the PCT, Continental Divide Trail, and Appalachian Trail). While the PCT followed much of the old Cascade Crest route, this Rock Creek section was replaced when trail builders carved a new high route into the face of Kendall Peak. The Rock Creek Trail was forgotten for many years, but hiking legends Harvey Manning and Ira Spring refused to let a good trail die and they added the path to one of their last guidebooks. Here it is, in an abbreviated version, to ensure that this wonderful trail doesn’t disappear.
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

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Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Once upon a time, the Cascade Crest Trail rolled through the Rock Creek valley, carrying hikers down from the ridge above Snoqualmie Pass. That old scenic high route later became the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)—the brightest gem in the triple crown of the National Trail System (the PCT, Continental Divide Trail, and Appalachian Trail).

While the PCT followed much of the old Cascade Crest route, this Rock Creek section was replaced when trail builders carved a new high route into the face of Kendall Peak. The Rock Creek Trail was forgotten for many years, but hiking legends Harvey Manning and Ira Spring refused to let a good trail die and they added the path to one of their last guidebooks. Here it is, in an abbreviated version, to ensure that this wonderful trail doesn’t disappear.

© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: North Bend
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: 210 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: July–Nov
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend office
Local Maps: Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207 and Skykomish No. 175
Driving Directions: Directions to Rock Creek Falls

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