Weekend activity: Explore Tolt MacDonald Park

14582853640_2183cf1945_o(1).jpgAt less than one hour from Seattle, Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation is a true recreation destination. The 574-acre park sits at the confluence of the Snoqualmie and Tolt Rivers in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley and features stunning views of the Snoqualmie River and local farmland. Here are some activities to explore:

Check out the suspension bridge!

The 500-foot suspension foot bridge crosses the Snoqualmie River and offers terrific views of the river and Cascade foothills. During the fall, you can observe spawning salmon in the river below and eagles and osprey soaring above.

Take a hike!14769561685_4df24bc0e0_o

Hike on the 12 miles of forested and riverside trails. The trails along the river are great for younger hikers while more experiences hikers can climb up into the forest for views of the Cascades.

Hop on your mountain bike!4449135736_5c315a1724_o

Cross the suspension bridge (please walk your bike) and head up the IAB (It’s a bitch) trail. The steep one mile climb to the top lead to a variety of rolling and technical trails. The single tracks trails wind through dense forest and are best for intermediate riders. Read the ride reports from Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance for more information.

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival


If you love Tolt MacDonald Park so much that you want to return the following weekend (July 14-16), consider buying tickets to Timber! Outdoor Music Festival. The 2-day and 3-night festival offers a variety of activities such as mountain biking, swimming, stargazing, kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, and yoga. Artists such as Telekinesis, Langhorne Slim & the Law, Deep Sea Diver, Chastity Belt, and the Moondogies will all be performing.

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