Snoqualmie Valley Trail from Snoqualmie to Rattlesnake Lake

Description: The Snoqualmie Valley Trail is an old railroad line converted to a trail. This section of the trail runs from Snoqualmie (near Mount Si High School) to Rattlesnake Lake.
Location: Starts in Snoqualmie and ends at Rattlesnake Lake
Distance: About 9.5 miles
The Trail: Since it is an old railway grade the trail grade is very constant and gradual. The trail is lightly graveled, very similar to a hard packed gravel road. The maximum grade along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail is about 2%.

The ride starts at Mount Si High School. At Mount Si High School turn left (north) on Meadowbrook Way. Turn right (east) on Park St. Whoa! Be careful along Park St., the street turns into a two lane country road with no shoulder. It is not a safe place to be riding. It is strongly suggested to walk this short section of road until you come to Mount Si Golf Course. At about the one mile mark you will come to Mount Si Golf Course on your left. Head north to the golf course and through the parking lot. Turn right and head towards the practice putting green. The Snoqualmie Valley Trail runs right through the golf course. Head southeast along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. At about the 3 mile mark you will reach North Bend Elementary School. At about the 5 mile mark the trail will reach Tanner and cross North Bend Way. Whoa! North Bend Way is a busy road with fast moving cars. Be very careful crossing the road. The trail will now cross safely under I-90. From this point on the trail climbs up at about a 2% grade. Continue on the trail for about 4.5 miles until you reach Rattlesnake Lake. Total one way ride is about 9.5 miles.

This ride can also be done starting at Rattlesnake Lake and heading downhill to Mount Si High School.

Notes: Since it is a gravel trail a unicycle with a wider low pressure tire will work better than a unicycle with a skinny high pressure tire. A Coker is ideal on this trail. A unicycle with a skinny high pressure 700 cc tire may have some difficulty with the gravel.

Because of the short section along Park St and road crossing at Tanner this ride should only be done with an adult chaperone. Younger children should not do this ride without supervision.

There is water available in Snoqualmie and North Bend. However, it is still necessary to bring enough water to get you through the ride.

The flat part of the trail between Snoqualmie and Tanner is exposed to the sun. The section of trail between Tanner and Rattlesnake Lake has tree cover.

This ride can be combined with the Iron Horse Trail to create a ride from the Snoqualmie Summit all the way to Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. Total distance for the combined ride would be about 32 miles and take you from an elevation of 2660 feet at the summit to an elevation of 420 feet at Mount Si High School. The 2% grade makes this trail very ridable in the uphill direction too.

Getting There:
Directions to Rattlesnake Lake from I-90 Take Exit 32 from I-90. At the end of the exit ramp head south on 436th Ave. SE. This road becomes Cedar Falls Road SE after 0.6 miles. Continue on Cedar Falls Rd for 2.5 to 3 miles until you reach Rattlesnake Lake.

At Rattlesnake Lake there will be a small trailhead parking area on your right. The main parking areas for Rattlesnake Lake will be straight ahead. The main parking areas get locked in the evening. If you are going to be riding late then park in the small trailhead lot outside of the gates.

Driving directions

When parking at the trailheads do not leave valuables in the car.

   
Directions to Rattlesnake Lake from North Bend Head east on North Bend Way till you reach 436th Ave. SE. Turn right (south) on 436th Ave. SE. This road becomes Cedar Falls Road SE after 0.6 miles. Continue on Cedar Falls Rd for 2.5 to 3 miles until you reach Rattlesnake Lake.

At Rattlesnake Lake there will be a small trailhead parking area on your right. The main parking areas for Rattlesnake Lake will be straight ahead. The main parking areas get locked in the evening. If you are going to be riding late then park in the small trailhead lot outside of the gates.

Driving directions

When parking at the trailheads do not leave valuables in the car.

   
Maps: Overview map of the trail 887 KB

The overview jpg maps don't have a high enough resolution for good printing. The purpose of the overview map is to give you an idea of the area. I'll have high resolution printed maps to hand out at the convention.