Preston-Snoqualmie Trail Lake Alice to Snoqualmie Falls Overlook

North Bend, Washington

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The historic Preston-Snoqualmie Trail crosses the foothills above the Raging River Valley, a 6.5-mile trail that is a part of the much larger network of King County Regional Trails. This short hike takes in the most scenic portion of the trail— the last few miles at its eastern end. What’s so scenic? The trail terminates at a viewpoint that looks across the valley to Snoqualmie Falls. This paved, straight, gradually graded trail begins in a residential area in rural King County, but soon the residential properties thin out and the trail follows the side of wooded Snoqualmie Ridge high above the Raging River and Snoqualmie River valleys. Nearly 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls, Snoqualmie Falls drop from a height of 268 feet; the width varies based on the time of year and the amount of rainfall. The site of the falls attracts 1.5 million visitors a year, but from the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail, you’re likely to have the view of the falls all to yourself.
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by Allen Cox (Falcon Guides)

The historic Preston-Snoqualmie Trail crosses the foothills above the Raging River Valley, a 6.5-mile trail that is a part of the much larger network of King County Regional Trails. This short hike takes in the most scenic portion of the trail— the last few miles at its eastern end. What’s so scenic? The trail terminates at a viewpoint that looks across the valley to Snoqualmie Falls.

This paved, straight, gradually graded trail begins in a residential area in rural King County, but soon the residential properties thin out and the trail follows the side of wooded Snoqualmie Ridge high above the Raging River and Snoqualmie River valleys. Nearly 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls, Snoqualmie Falls drop from a height of 268 feet; the width varies based on the time of year and the amount of rainfall. The site of the falls attracts 1.5 million visitors a year, but from the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail, you’re likely to have the view of the falls all to yourself.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: North Bend
Distance: 3.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Skating
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Fall City and USGS Snoqualmie; King County street map
Driving Directions: Directions to Preston-Snoqualmie Trail: Lake Alice to Snoqualmie Falls Overlook

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