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Asahel Curtis Nature Trail
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Asahel Curtis Nature Trail
Asahel Curtis Nature Trail is a short 0.75 mile loop that passes though one of the last remaining old-growth forest stands within the Snoqualmie Pass Interstate-90 corridor. The Asahel Curtis Nature Trail is an easy, fun and informative hike to be used as either a quick warm-up for the Annette Lake trail or an educational hike to bring your whole family on. The trail is named after Asahel Curtis, an early day outdoorsman, photographer and mountaineer based in the Seattle area. He is noted for his documentation of the natural history of the Pacific Northwest through "glass-plate" photography. Along with recording nature in the Pacific Northwest, "Asahel was a keen observer of people, places and events, Asahel documented the Washington timber, agriculture, fishing and mining industries...the building of the dams on the Columbia River, and Seattle's ambitious regrade project." (Wikipedia, Asahel Curtis)
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
Forest 0.8 mi 1 / 5 7 / 10 100 ft

User Groups
Hikers

Accessibility
May-November

Permits
Federal Northwest Forest Pass
 
Hike Featured In...
Day Hiking Snoqualmie RegionDay Hiking Snoqualmie Region
Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region
By Dan A. Nelson
Driving Directions:
From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 47. Right off the freeway toward Tinkham Rd. Left on FSR 55 for 0.4 miles to trailhead at end of road.
Contact Information:
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Snoqualmie Ranger District - North Bend Office
902 S.E. North Bend Way
Bldg 1
North Bend, Washington 98045
Tel: 425.888.1421
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/

Books
Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region
Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region
Maps
Green Trails #207 Snoqualmie Pass
#207 Snoqualmie Pass
Green Trails #207S Snoqualmie Pass
#207S Snoqualmie Pass
USGS Snoqualmie Pass
Snoqualmie Pass
Permits
Northwest Forest Pass
Northwest Forest Pass
Asahel Curtis Nature Trail trailhead near Snoqualmie Pass A log bridge near the trailhead takes you over Humpback Creek A fallen tree supporting new plant life near the trail A bench cut into a giant boulder makes a good resting place Humpback Creek running along the first part of the trail
Highlighted StarHighlighted StarHighlighted StarHighlighted StarHighlighted StarHighlighted StarHighlighted StarHighlighted StarHighlighted StarDim Star Annette Lake (0 mi away)
The hike to Annette Lake is tiring but well worth it. The trail provides a steady climb as you head up the easterly valley wall between Humpback Mountain and Silver Peak. The hike starts off by crossing Humpback Creek and begins climbing almost immed...Read More
Annette Lake trailhead near Snoqualmie PassHumpback Creek cascading under a bridge near the trailheadHumpback Mountain seen through a clearing in the trees from the trailA boulder field down to the trail from Silver PeakThe trail turns to lush meadows from old-growth forestA view of the dense forested slopes of Silver PeakA unique log structures helps you cross a marshy portion of the trailAbiel Peak towering over Annette Lake
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The trail begins alongside the Asahel Curtis Nature Trail but continues to climb to the right when the gentle Asahel Curtis Loop goes left. At about 1 mile out, you'll pass under a high-tension powerline and 0.25 mile later will cross the wide tr...Read More
Summit shot!Looking SE at Tinkham Peak en route to the topThe last patch of snow in the north bowlScrambling to the topand then we went up.one of the bridge crossings
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The hike to Granite Mountain is a tough one with a cumulative elevation gain of 4,000 ft. There is no water on this hike and most of the trail is un-sheltered by trees, leaving you exposed to the sun. The views here are spectacular and this trail is...Read More
A view from the trailA view from the trailA view of I-90 belowAn old fire lookout at the top of the mountainA view from the top of the mountainAnother view of the old fire lookout at the top of the mountainA view from the trailThe rugged terrain of the path to summit
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This hike can best be described as a classic Cascade trail. It starts off as a walk through fir and hemlock forests with occasional breaks in the trees to show views of mountain lakes. The trail is well maintained and nicely graded. You will encount...Read More
Pratt Lake Trailhead near Snoqualmie PassMultiple destinations are at your fingertips from this trailOne of many small stream crossingsAnother, bigger, stream crossingA scenic stream and cascadeA boardwalk and snagA sign where the trail forks
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The hike to Franklin Falls begins near Denny Creek Campgrounds at Snoqualmie Pass. The path follows along side of Denny Creek for its entire length, before culminating at the base of the falls. There are several ancient trees along the path along wit...Read More
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The trail to Mount Catherine climbs east on an old logging road for the first 0.5 miles. The trail then crosses a clear cut area before entering the forest again. The trail then encounters switchbacks for 0.7 mile, where most of the elevation gain is...Read More
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The hike along Denny Creek is typical of many northwest hikes. The trailhead is easily accessible, the destination is a scenic alpine lake surrounded by steep slopes and you will share this trail with tons of other people on a summer weekend. The ...Read More
Denny Creek TrailheadA boardwalk along the Denny Creek trailSun bathing rocks in Denny CreekThe scenic Denny Creek
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Talapus is the Chinook word for coyote but I would bet the presence of people scares most of them away. This is a very short, very busy hike and parking can be limited on weekends. This is a great hike for kids but with all the sights you expect fr...Read More
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From the trailhead, follow the path toward Talapus and Olallie Lakes. After 1 mile you will cross into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. In another 0.25 miles you will reach Talapus Lake, and in another 1.0 mile you will head right and cross a creek,...Read More
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The trail climbs away from the freeway for 0.5 miles, before popping out of the forests and onto the slopes of the ski area. The trail then travels under the ski lifts for another 0.25 miles to an elevation of 3,500 feet. The trail then drops the rid...Read More
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