Middle Fork Campground

Overview

This campground is located along the Middle Fork of the scenic Snoqualmie River in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Beneath a canopy of towering Douglas fir, cedar and Western hemlock, and located near several hiking trails within a short

driving distance, this campground is a perfect site for both individual and small group camping excursions.

Recreation

In addition to being a prime location for hiking, fishing, horseback riding and picnicking in summer and early fall, Middle Fork offers excellent skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months.

Approximately 1,500 miles of trails throughout the area can entice any hiker to get outdoors. From smooth paths meandering

through deep quiet forests to challenging ascents up boulder-studded mountains, opportunities abound for every skill

level.

The popular Middle Fork Trail is a 3 mile trail offering visitors a glimpse into the area’s diversity. The trail begins by

crossing the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River via the Gateway Bridge, then turns upstream and meanders

between the river and overhanging cliffs, offering sweeping views of nearby peaks. After climbing away from the river and passing

under Stegosaurus Butte, a granite ridge towering over the valley at over 1,000 feet, the trail follows an old logging railroad

grade used by pioneers and finally descends back to river level.

The Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail is also used by bicycles and horseback riders. Mountain bikes are allowed on the trail on odd-

numbered days of the week.

A Recreation Pass is required for each vehicle parked at the trailhead.

Facilities

Middle Fork Campground offers 39 standard sites, including two group sites.

Picnic tables, vault toilets and drinking water are also available.

Natural Features

Hemmed in by several designated wilderness areas, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest showcases rugged peaks, sparkling alpine

lakes and old-growth forests.

On a clear day visitors will see Mt. Baker, the most prominent feature of the Mt. Baker Wilderness Area. Rising to an elevation

of 10,781 feet, the active volcano from which the forest takes its name is perpetually snow-capped and mantled with an extensive

network of creeping glaciers. Mt. Baker’s summit, Grant Peak, is actually a 1,300-foot-deep mound of ice, which hides a massive

volcanic crater.

Wildlife in the area include mountain goats, coyotes, pine marten and a variety of migratory birds and native fish.

Nearby Attractions

The Verlot Public Service Center, near the South Fork Stillaguamish River, was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps from

1933 to 1942. Verlot`s handsome buildings reflect the architectural style and fine craftsmanship of that era and are listed on

the National Register of Historic Places.

Visitors enjoy the North Cascades and Mt. Rainer National Parks, where interpretive programs and exhibits offer education about the diverse landscape and history of the area.From Interstate 5 north going toward Seattle, take Interstate 90 east toward North Bend. Take exit 34 and turn north on 468th Ave. Turn right onto SE Middle Fork Road/Forest Service Road 56. Continue about 12 miles to the campground, located about 1/2 a mile past the Middle Fork Trailhead.360-804-1103N