Snoqualmie River: Fall City to Tolt River Confluence (Carnation)


An easy (if not very interesting) class 1 paddle of approximately 11 miles. There are a few riffles but not many and nothing major. Normal caution should be taken about wood along the edges in the few faster sections, and logjams are a possibility as always, but this is probably a good training trip for most beginner paddlers. It is generally slow. It is also not especially interesting: the current is slow, and high, featureless banks in farm country means there is not much to see.

I paddled this section several years ago, and did the bike shuttle via W Snoqualmie River Road, W River Road, and 202 for a short section. I launched from the west side of the 202 bridge over the Snoqualmie; it would probably have been better to launch from the boat launch a bit to the east, though that would have extended the bike shuttle a little. Most of the shuttle was quite pleasant; Snoqualmie Valley Trail would have been another shuttle option.