This campground is located along the Middle Fork of the scenic Snoqualmie River in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Beneath a canopy of towering Douglas fir, cedar and Western hemlock, and located near several hiking trails within a short driving distance, this campground is a perfect site for both individual and small group camping excursions.
In addition to being a prime location for hiking, fishing, horseback riding and picnicking in summer and early fall, Middle Fork offers excellent skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months.
Approximately 1,500 miles of trails throughout the area can entice any hiker to get outdoors. From smooth paths meandering through deep quiet forests to challenging ascents up boulder-studded mountains, opportunities abound for every skill level.
The popular Middle Fork Trail is a 3 mile trail offering visitors a glimpse into the area's diversity. The trail begins by crossing the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River via the Gateway Bridge, then turns upstream and meanders between the river and overhanging cliffs, offering sweeping views of nearby peaks. After climbing away from the river and passing under Stegosaurus Butte, a granite ridge towering over the valley at over 1,000 feet, the trail follows an old logging railroad grade used by pioneers and finally descends back to river level.
The Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail is also used by bicycles and horseback riders. Mountain bikes are allowed on the trail on odd- numbered days of the week.
A Recreation Pass is required for each vehicle parked at the trailhead.
Middle Fork Campground offers 39 standard sites, including two group sites.
Picnic tables, vault toilets and drinking water are also available.
Hemmed in by several designated wilderness areas, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest showcases rugged peaks, sparkling alpine lakes and old-growth forests.
On a clear day visitors will see Mt. Baker, the most prominent feature of the Mt. Baker Wilderness Area. Rising to an elevation of 10,781 feet, the active volcano from which the forest takes its name is perpetually snow-capped and mantled with an extensive network of creeping glaciers. Mt. Baker's summit, Grant Peak, is actually a 1,300-foot-deep mound of ice, which hides a massive volcanic crater.
Wildlife in the area include mountain goats, coyotes, pine marten and a variety of migratory birds and native fish.
The Verlot Public Service Center, near the South Fork Stillaguamish River, was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933 to 1942. Verlot`s handsome buildings reflect the architectural style and fine craftsmanship of that era and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Visitors enjoy the North Cascades and Mt. Rainer National Parks, where interpretive programs and exhibits offer education about the diverse landscape and history of the area.
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Spent one night here with a group. With so many campgrounds, I expected it to be very loud. It was not.
Camp hosts were super nice and selling wood on-site.
Pit toilets were surprisingly clean.
We stayed at campsite 2.
River a quarter mile walk away.
Do not believe the cautions about the worst road in Washington; there road is paved and beautiful.
I love this area and would have given 5 stars but for two things. The website says water is available - the water pump worked once in three days. I only saw one set of restrooms (vault) they were… unusable.
Maybe I will try again later in the season, when the summer campers put their tents away.
We enjoyed our stay at the middle fork camp ground. We stayed there to be close to the mailbox trail head. There were so many berries around the camp and we could literally sit in camp and pick blue berries. We did get a bit of rain and had to put tarps up. The trees close to camp made it very easy to do so. The camp was very clean. Felt very safe about leaving our gear in camp. I would very much so recommend this location.
As part of Questival's Seattle OktoberQuest, team #Kynanandalidontdocoolthing spent a wonderfully frigid night right outside the Middle Fork campground. The roads leading into the campground are superb, Pratt river is pristine, and the other nature users friendly. Thank you to the Park Service, WTA, and all else that maintain a phenomenal campground!
The road is well maintained, and campsites have lots of privacy
We pulled up last minute and there were still campgrounds and most of the sites were pretty clean!
Nice quiet campground. Couldn't ask for anything else. Served its purpose to provide a home for the head for the night.
No frills campground - beautiful scenery away from the city. Cant complain!!
Campground was PACKED when we got there as we got a late start. However the campground was kept very clean and was well maintained.
The riads ads leading in from I90 were passable but confusing with "Road Closed" signage when the road wasn't actually closed…
We loved it here! Non of the sites are reservable, so it's great for last minute trips when everything else has been booked out. Just over an hr from the city.