After loggers and miners punched hastily built roads into the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River valley in the first couple decades of the twentieth century, the area was abandoned until the 1930s, when the Depression-busting programs of FDR came into play. The best known of these was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which put unemployed men to work in the woods building trails, national park lodges, and roads. In the 1960s this CCC road was used to give clear-cutting loggers fast access to the Middle Fork’s forests. Now that the big timber is mostly gone, the road is reverting to trail, and the forests are regenerating into something hikers can enjoy.
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Mountaineers hike on the Lower CCC Trail near North Bend.
Participants include John Sadro (leader), Jo Brown, Lisa, Nicole Hansen, Helge Hoeing, Pascale Lhoumier, and Jeffrey Riba.
Reference: Green Trails Mount Si NRCA, No 206S. Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region, by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer, No. 28 CCC Road: Lower Trailhead.
From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn left (north) over the freeway and drive 0.5 mile to North Bend Way. Turn left (west), and in 0.25 mile turn right (north) on Mount Si Road. Continue past the Mount Si parking area (at 2.5 miles) to a wide turnaround area about a mile beyond. Park here, well clear of the road.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.4862,-121.7012)
Discover Pass required.
9.85 miles, 1400 ft. gain, 4 hrs 20 min.