Snoquera Falls Trail

Pierce County, Washington

Elevation Gain2,693ft
Trailhead Elevation2,476ft
Elevation Min/Max2433/3191ft
Elevation Start/End2476/2476ft

Snoquera Falls Trail

Snoquera Falls Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Pierce County, Washington. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 2,476 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,693 feet. The Snoquera Falls Trailhead parking, the Camp Sheppard camp site, and the Snoquera Falls attraction can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms along the trail. This trail connects with the following: White River Trail and Moss Lake Nature Trail.

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"The lush, moss-laden forest is reminiscent of the rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula, for good reason. The western foothills of the Cascades can get twice as much annual rainfall as the Puget Sound area, making the low forests of these regions wet, mossy, and rich in plant (and animal) life—in short, a rainforest. The loop trail here is short, but scenic, perfect for lateseason hikes when the days are short and hiking time is at a premium." Read more
Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides)
Nathan and Jeremy Barnes
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"Explore a Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps base camp turned Boy Scout summer camp on this 3.8-mile loop up to an impressive waterfall. The Snoquera Falls Trail #1167 begins at the Camp Sheppard parking lot, immediately plunging into the forest and weaving through the outskirts of the camp. Ignore the amphitheater and nature trail and instead push on to the signed trail junction less than 0.25 mile down the path. We recommend taking a right for a counterclockwise approach to this loop—mostly because you get to the waterfall a little faster this way. Despite being a little rocky and narrow, the trail is well maintained and free of blowdowns." Read more
Hiking Waterfalls in Washington (Falcon Guides)
Roddy Scheer with Adam Sawyer
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"The 6-mile loop hike northeast of Mt. Rainier including Snoquera Falls and Dalles Creek Falls is a must- see for waterfall lovers looking to get their hearts pumping. Both waterfalls plunge over different sections of the south- facing wall of Dalles Ridge near Camp Sheppard in the Mt. Baker- Snoqualmie National Forest. Snoquera Falls, falling some 400 feet over two horsetail drops into a scree- filled rock gorge, is the main attraction of the hike, but nearby Dalles Creek Falls, tumbling 280 feet in one long, sinewy rock- hopping drop through a forested chute, doesn’t disappoint either." Read more
Best Hikes Near Seattle (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"If you can find your way around the confusing array of Forest Service trails and trails generated by the Boy Scout camp, Snoquera Falls is a great destination—especially during spring when the water is gushing. Though it’s a short way up to the bottom of Snoquera, the steep trail will preclude all but the hardiest of children. An option to continue on Trail 1167 after reaching the falls is possible, but the way is not maintained. It’s a rough row to hoe, requiring talus hopping, screeing, and route-finding. There are at least two trailheads to choose from to start your hike." Read more

Snoquera Falls Trail Reviews

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A perfect dog hike with a softly cushioned, well-maintained trail, sturdy log bridges, lots of shade in a beautiful forested river valley, ample water, and a cool lake to swim in at the end of the 7 mile hike. The grade is gentle, with total elev. gain of only 1600 feet, and the trail is not heavily used. This Wednesday, including ourselves, we counted 11 people, 9 dogs, and 2 horses out enjoying the trail. No need to carry extra water for your dog on this hike. Think about taking this trail with your pooch the next time there's a hot summer day.
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very nice lake, good fishing not many people. you are not allowed to park overnight at the lower entrance so you have to drive to coral pass and come in from the top.
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Trail Information

Pierce County
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Snoqualmie Ranger District—Enumclaw Office, 450 Roosevelt Ave. E., Enumclaw, WA 98022; (360) 825-6585;
Local Contacts
USGS Sun Top; Green Trails Map #238 (Greenwater).
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