Seattle, WA: Change Creek to Hall Point

Follow the fledgling Change Creek Trail from Deception Crags to Hall Point on this 2.3-miler serving up huge Snoqualmie Valley panoramas.
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Follow the fledgling Change Creek Trail from Deception Crags to Hall Point on this 2.3-miler serving up huge Snoqualmie Valley panoramas.

Short on distance and big on scenery, this out-and-back just outside North Bend culminates with prime vistas of Snoqualmie Valley and a newly-hacked route to Mt. Washington. From the parking lot on the north side of Homestead Valley Road, get started by crossing the street and heading uphill on the trail paralleling Change Creek. Reach Deception Crags – ever-popular with climbers from across the state – and hang a left onto the Iron Horse/John Wayne Pioneer Trail, which follows an abandoned railroad bed over a high, iron-trussed bridge. Between Change Creek and Hall Creek, turn right to pick up the roughly-hewn Change Creek Trail.
The newly-blazed trail, composed of loose rock and soil, begins with a series of switchbacks through dense forest toward the ridge flanked by Hall Creek and Change Creek. As the trees and underbrush thin, you’ll catch glimpses of Hall Creek Falls and I-90 snaking through the valley below. Upon gaining the ridgeline, snag a quick peek at Change Creek before continuing up to Hall Point for a grand finale of spectacular valley panoramas: Mt. Teneriffe and Green Mountain to the west, Mailbox Peak and Dirty Harry’s Peak to the north, and a tease of Snoqualmie Pass to the east. Scramble around the ridge’s exposed rock ledges or tackle the remaining five-mile push toward Mt. Washington (which eventually connects to existing logging roads) before returning home via the route you hiked in on.
-Mapped by Jeremy and Nathan Barnes, Hiking With My Brother

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.8

Waypoints

HP001

Location: 47.437346, -121.660397

Pick up the trail near the bridge heading west along Change Creek.

HP002

Location: 47.436866, -121.663147

Turn left at T-intersection to cross rail bridge.

HP003

Location: 47.43496, -121.659594

Turn right onto the Change Creek Trail and begin climbing.

HP004

Location: 47.434013, -121.660232

Turn left on the side trail for a quick visit to Raven's Roost, a rocky outcropping providing valley views.

HP005

Location: 47.432255, -121.664638

A faint game trail leads to more cliffside vistas. Exercise extreme caution.

HP006

Location: 47.43025, -121.664758

Turn left to reach the top of Hall Point. Continue straight to reach the summit of Mt. Washington (5 miles).

HP007

Location: 47.429958, -121.664451

Hall Point marks the end of this route. Return home via the route you hiked in on.

Change Creek

Location: 47.43729, -121.660581

Your hike starts with a climb alongside Change Creek.

Railroad Trusses

Location: 47.436949, -121.662909

Catch glimpses of railroad trusses that once supported the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. Today, the old rail bed has been converted into the 300-mile John Wayne Pioneer Trail.

Deception Crags

Location: 47.436884, -121.663327

Deception Crags attracts climbers from all over Washington.

Hall Creek Falls

Location: 47.433349, -121.661385

Notch aerial views of Hall Creek Falls to the east.

Whitebark's Bivouac

Location: 47.433538, -121.663231

The Bivouac, a small overhang in the cliff, provides respite from the sun on hot days.

Cliffs

Location: 47.433338, -121.66425

The cliffs just off the trail serve up prime valley panoramas. Mailbox Peak is in the distance.

Cliff End

Location: 47.434057, -121.663196

Look down on Olallie State Park and I-90 paralleling the South Fork Snoqualmie River from this cliff-edge perch.

Change Creek Vista

Location: 47.431901, -121.664727

Follow the sign for vistas of Change Creek and Mt. Washington to the south.

Trail Marker

Location: 47.430247, -121.664786

Hall Point Panorama

Location: 47.429967, -121.664432

Look east toward Snoqualmie Pass for spectacular valley panoramas from Hall Point.