Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

Preston Park, Washington

Distance6.3mi
Elevation Gain489ft
Trailhead Elevation285ft
Top540ft
Elevation Min/Max267/540ft
Elevation Start/End285/285ft

Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

Preston-Snoqualmie Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in King County, Washington. It is within Preston Park. It is 6.3 miles long and begins at 285 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 489 feet. The Subway fast food, the Shell fuel, and the Rhodie’s Smokin BBQ restaurant can be seen along the trail. There are also a shelter, grasses, parkings, a parking, a vending machine, and a fire station along the trail. The trail ends near the Snoqualmie Falls Viewpoint.

Preston-Snoqualmie Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Nearly 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls, Snoqualmie Falls drops 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. The trail follows a historic railroad grade (as do many of the region’s trails) that played a major role in populating the fertile valleys at the foot of the Cascades as well as transporting timber and coal. Today there’s no visible evidence of the area’s timber and railroad history along this portion of the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail."

"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."

"This peaceful, wooded trail in the Cascade foothills ends with a view of spectacular Snoqualmie Falls. For a romantic walk, an evening ride, your daily jog, or a pleasant skate, this trail is the ticket.

To avoid the trail’s switchbacks and get the grand view, start at the Lake Alice Trailhead (near its eastern end). To reach this trailhead, follow Preston–Fall City Road northeast for 3.5 miles past 87th Street (the location of the Preston Trailhead), then turn right onto Lake Alice Road. You’ll find the trailhead on your right in 0.8 mile.

Surface: Asphalt with brief, steep gravel switchbacks. Location: Preston, King County."

"This peaceful, wooded trail in the Cascade foothills ends with a view of spectacular Snoqualmie Falls. For a dog walk, an evening ride, your daily jog, or a pleasant skate, this trail is the ticket."

"This paved rail-trail ride through thick, Pacific Northwest forest offers a whole new view of the Snoqualmie Falls from about a half-mile distance. Most of the trail is an easy grade for just about everyone.

The only hitch is a missing trestle that requires a dip into the Raging River Valley and a short series of switchbacks up the other side. As part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway, this King County Regional Trail links with other paved and unpaved trails."

Preston-Snoqualmie Trail Reviews

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7/15/2009
I usually enter the trail 1.8 miles from snoqualmie falls. The trail is flat with the exception of one small hill. Lovely view of the falls helps make the run inspirational. Did see an adult black bear run across the trail in June, but the bear was not looking to talk!
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4/4/2009
This is a casual paved trail. Decent territorial views, and then a nice long distance view of Snoqualmie Falls. I walked the 1.8 mile section East Bound from the Snoqualmie/Preston trail head parking lot up Lake Alice Road. Suitable for skates, bikes, wheelchairs, walkers and joggers. Dogs too.
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11/16/2008
We started at the Lake Alice trail head so it was only 4 miles (GPS) round trip to the Snoqualmie Falls overlook. It's pretty level and paved path all the way.
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2/24/2008
Excellent for our Sunday afternoon bike ride with adults and 13-yr-olds. We rode from Preston to the Snoqualmie Falls overlook, which was a great payoff. We were concerned about the long initial downgrade, knowing that we'd be riding back up on the return. But, since it's a railroad bed, the climb was not demanding at all. There's a substantial detour in the middle of the ride, necessary because the original trestle bridge (which must have been huge) is long gone. But even that was a good part of the adventure. Enjoy.
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1/23/2005
We walked the paved path from the Alice Lake area to the end near Snoqualmie Falls. We saw some people along the path, but we had the viewpoint completely to ourselves for at least 30 minutes. I hiked beyond the chain-link fence at the end (posted "no trespassing"). A short distance beyond the fence, there is an old trestle which is crooked and has no top surface other than the narrow timbers running lengthwise. Don't even consider going on them, they are slick as snot and you'd fall to your death at mid-span. The way-trail does continue below the trestle, but I don't know where it ends. This area is off-limits and does have some dangers so I can't recommend it.
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Trail Information

Preston Park
Nearby City
Preston Park
Parks
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
Easy
Skill Level
Skating
Additional Use
King County Parks and Recreation; (206) 296-8687; www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks.aspx
Local Contacts
USGS Fall City, Snoqualmie; King County street map
Local Maps