Snoqualmie, Middle Fork - 1 - Hardscrabble Creek to Burnboot Creek

Snoqualmie, Middle Fork, Washington, US


1 - Hardscrabble Creek to Burnboot Creek

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-12141300 450 - 500 cfs V 00h34m 1210 cfs (too high)

River Description

ACCESS: To get to the river take exit 33 off I-90 and head north towards the truck stop. The Middle Fork Road (FR 56) turns off to the right within a half mile or so. Start your trip odometer and watch for milepost signs. At mile 12 you will cross the Taylor River and within 100 yards the Middle Fork Road turns off to the right and heads up a short hill (it's easy to miss this turnoff as the spur road, which looks like the main road and continues straight, comes to a gated dead end). From this point on the road is in very poor condition. A high clearance vehicle is strongly recommended. It's a little over 10 miles up this road towards Goldmyer Hotsprings, but with the poor road conditions expect it to take more than an hour to reach the end of the road. There is currently a proposal to close this road to vehicles so get this one while you can.

DESCRIPTION: See Shawn Wickstrom's run description in Bennett, Frederick Reimers' story of the first descent in Nov/Dec 2001 issue of Paddler Magazine, and some excellenet video footage in Twitch 2000.

This extreme creek run drops over some big ledges and waterfalls. The run eventually tapers off to boulder gardens.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2003-10-15 01:23:17

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 13 2009 (3376 days ago)
x (1)
The Middle Fork road is closed at the gate two miles or so above the concrete bridge/Granite Creek
access. There were apparently big washouts that occured on the road as well as the Taylor river
bridge being knocked out. The road crew said that the road could be closed as late as December
while repairs are done, making the bridge about the highest put-in possible on the MF.
March 20 2004 (5379 days ago)
david chathamDetails
I believe this is supposed to be exit 34, not 33.

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  • AW Testimony on S. 721

    Testimony in support of Alpine Lakes Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act S. 721.

  • AW Testimony on H.R. 1769

    Testimony in support of Alpine Lakes Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act H.R. 1769.

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