Mud Mountain Dam and White River Trail

Enumclaw, Washington

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This one-of-a-kind trail follows the White River above Mud Mountain Dam, first on a high bluff and then right along the water, providing the unique opportunity to walk on a part-time lake bed. This hike feels more like a riparian zone in eastern Washington than anything in the Cascades, making this trail, with year-round access and limited traffic, unlike any other in the region.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)

This one-of-a-kind trail follows the White River above Mud Mountain Dam, first on a high bluff and then right along the water, providing the unique opportunity to walk on a part-time lake bed.

This hike feels more like a riparian zone in eastern Washington than anything in the Cascades, making this trail, with year-round access and limited traffic, unlike any other in the region.

© 2016 Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Enumclaw
Distance: 6.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Hikable year-round (recreation area closed Saturday–Sunday, October 1–April 15; mid-September–mid-May, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; mid-May–mid-September, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.)
Trailhead Elevation: 1,275 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 206-316-3019; tinyurl.com/mudmountaindam
Local Maps: Green Trails: Enumclaw 237; USGS Enumclaw
Driving Directions: Directions to Mud Mountain Dam and White River Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

2/20/2010
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We took this hike on what seemed like the very first day of spring. It was a perfect Saturday and we only passed one couple going out and one group coming back. The trail is well maintained with wooden walkways over some soggy parts. Toward the western end of the trail there were three soggy draws each about 20 feet long that we had to cross to reach the hobbit's shire. The mud came up to the first lace holes of our boots so it’s nothing to worry over if you have proper hiking shoes. The upper trail was reported to have a wash out so once we got to the far end of the trail we came back the same way instead of crossing the road and taking the higher trail back to the trail head. All of the hobbits were out and we had fun visiting them. I took a picture of one hobbit house but it came out little blurry. Next time I get to go on this trail I will bring a very teeny tiny gift to give to the hobbits. Something befitting their size; perhaps no bigger than a thimble or button might do just nicely. This is a nice hike and the hobbit village is really unprotected so be careful and watch where you step. This is an easy trail that is family friendly. Just watch for the three muddy bits that are not spanned by improved walkways.


7/9/2007
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Other than the highway noise, this was a nice easy walking trail, perfect for walking your hound. I didn't find the hobbit house that is noted though. I wonder if it was damaged or removed after the recent storms.