At A Glance
TRAIL LENGTH: 5+ miles, round-trip
ELEVATION GAIN: 1,700 feet
HIGH POINT: 3,500'
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer or Fall
POPULARITY: Lightly used
GOOD FOR: hikers
WATCH FOR: road conditions, no cell reception, slippery bridges
FEES & PERMITS: Northwest Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass
NEAREST RANGER: Snoqualmie Ranger Station
COORDINATES: Mill Location: N47° 38.496' W121° 29.506' Donkey Engine Location: N47° 38.552' W121° 29.249'
LOCATION: In King County, near the end of the North Fork Snoqualmie River, on the edge of the Alpine Lake Wilderness.
HIGHLIGHTS: Mill remains, mines, waterfalls, mountain river
HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE: The Bear Basin Mine was a gold and silver mine operated by the Snoqualmie Mining Company in the first half of the 20th century.
- Take exit 31 for North Bend
- Turn north on Bendigo Blvd S/Hwy. 202
- Continue on the same road as it becomes North Bend Blvd N
- Turn right on E North Bend Way
- Turn left on Ballarat Ave N
- Follow the main road as it curves right and becomes SE 108th St/NE 12th St,
- Follow the main road as it curves left and becomes 428th Ave SE.
- At the Y, go left onto N Fork Rd. It becomes rough, but passable gravel road.
- Follow for about 23 miles.
- Turn right on NF-57.
- The trailhead will be on the left, just before the end of the road.
FROM THE PARKING AREA:
- Locate the Bare Mountain trailhead.
- Follow the trail up switchbacks through the forest for about .75 miles.
- Carefully cross the logs over Bear Creek.
- Continue upwards on the trail for about .5 miles.
- Cross the creek on again on a bridge.
- Continue on the trail for one mile as it emerges from the forest to a brushy slope.
- Instead of going up the next switchbacks, continue straight onto the miners trail.
- After about .2 miles the remains of the mill can be seen on the right, below.
- Follow the trail into the woods. After another .1 miles, turn left at the fork.
- Follow the path to the artifacts of the mining camp.
- There are two narrow footpaths through the brush heading north. Take the first you encounter.
- After about .1 miles, cross the small creek on a makeshift bridge of metal pipes.
- After crossing the creek, proceed up hill for about 200 feet to reach a campsite.
- Locate a small path through the forest northwest of the camp.
- Follow the path up through forest until it reaches a rocky slope.
- Climb the slope for about .14 miles to the engine.
THINGS TO SEE:
- Mining mill remains
- Plane and mining artifacts
- Steam donkey engine
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