Once across the bridge the trail splits. The sign identifying the two trails.
Previous times we have hiked the Middle Fork Snoqualmie trail heading upstream but that trail had a slide last year and is closed. The newer Pratt River Trail, which we had not tried before, was open and proved to be especially nice. The trail was built under the direction of the Forest Service with help from the Washington Trails Association and other volunteer groups. It took 3 years to complete and replaced the old riverside trail that was partially destroyed by flooding. The new trail has only been open for a couple of years. The first section has had gravel added, otherwise it is packed dirt, a little mud in places, but not many rocks or roots and a slide area has a rock path through it. The trail crew is still working on the stairs.
Bridge crossing Middle Fork Snoqualmie
The trail crosses and then follows along the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River for a way and then goes into the forest with occasional views of the river and if one goes far enough the trail connects with the Pratt River. From there it goes up to into the mountains where there are some small lakes.
Middle Fork seen from trail
More river view and mountains in the distance
Open view of mountains and trees
Whole meadows of these Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley mixed with Sword fern
We don't see these as often as other flowers
Bunchberry also known as Canadian Dogwood
Even Dandelions gone to seed can be pretty
New bridge over Rainy Creek
Rainy Creek falls
There is a newer wooden bridge that crosses Rainy Creek. The creek waterfall tumbles down the hillside and under the bridge. If we had taken one of the side trails we could have hiked to the upper falls on Rainy Creek.
Count for the day: 20 hikers and one very excited, perhaps not totally controlled, but leashed dog.