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New trailhead in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley provides recreation access

Summary

A new trailhead built through a King County Parks partnership means better public recreation access to miles of public lands in the beautiful Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley.

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Making good on its commitment to improve access tomiddle_fork_parking_lot_web recreational areas, King County Parks, in partnership with Washington Department of Natural Resources and Mountains to Sound Greenway recently completed work on a new trailhead and parking lot along the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road.

The new Granite Creek trailhead parking lot is located on a portion of King County Parks’ Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Area, nearly 650 acres of protected land along the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River managed to protect natural ecosystems, and preserve scenic areas.  The natural area offers, river access for fishing, kayaking and wildlife viewing.

“We have been improving access to public open space across King County for a number of years – from Black Diamond to the Issaquah Alps – and it’s exciting to complete this project in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Area,” said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown.

A new connector trail links the new trailhead parking lot with the existing Granite Lakes Trail, which takes hikers approximately four miles up along Granite Creek to the two lakes, at about 3,000 feet above sea level. Experienced backcountry travelers can venture well beyond Granite Lakes, including trails within the federally managed Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.

The new parking lot and trailhead are part of a larger, multi-year effort to improve recreational access in one of the most-beautiful portions of King County.

Funding for the new trailhead came from the Washington state capital budget, a Non-highway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities program grant award from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, and the King County Parks, Trails and Open Space Replacement Levy.

The Granite Lakes Trailhead is the sixth new trailhead constructed with funding from the 2014-19 King County Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy.

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About King County Parks
King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 28,000 acres of open space, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 215 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs.