North Bend: Gateway to Thrilling Outdoor Adventure
Picturesque North Bend, just 30 minutes from Seattle, is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. With an impressive array of connected mountain trails for hikers, cyclists and equestrians, picturesque forests and a nearby ski resort, it’s no wonder why it’s one of the best kept secrets in the state.
Immortalized in David Lynch’s television series, “Twin Peaks”, North Bend rests in the foothills of the impressive Cascade Range and is home to Quadrant Homes’ Cedar Landing. The new community offers gorgeous homes not far from Seattle’s world-class metropolitan entertainment and major work hubs, as well as proximity to a myriad of outdoor recreation opportunities.
Whether you’re craving a leisurely bike ride along a beautiful trail, a hike through old growth forests or a thrilling downhill ski run, North Bend and Cedar Landing put you just minutes away from some of Washington’s best outdoor adventures.
Here’s what life from your doorstep at Cedar Landing might look like:
Part of King County’s Regional Trails System, the Snoqualmie Valley Trail connects the entire valley and offers scenic vistas, clear blue mountain streams and seasonal wildflowers exploding with color. Described as a gentle climb, the multi-use gravel trail follows a rail bed for 31 miles, extending the complete east-west length of North Bend. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Stop at the Watershed Nature Center and enjoy its unique drum garden where water jets drip on drums to create constantly changing rhythms.
Spanning almost 300 miles, the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail is one of the longest rail-trail conversions in the United States. The diverse and beautiful state park trail starts in North Bend on the western side and traverses the entire state. Rich with wildlife and natural beauty, the trail travels through quintessential Washington landscape with lush forest, sweeping views, a rushing river, open farmland and high desert. The trail even crosses the Cascade Mountains in a 2.3 mile-long, unlit tunnel. So, be sure to bring a strong flashlight.
At 4,167 feet, legendary Mount Si looms above North Bend and is home to a four-mile wilderness trail that switchbacks up to the summit. The trail, minutes from town, is one of Snoqualmie Valley’s most popular destinations, hosting up to 100,000 experienced and novice hikers alike. Keep an eye out for a stand of immense trees and the occasional grazing mountain goat.
With some steep drops and exposed rock cliffs across Rattlesnake Lake, this trail treats visitors to spectacular scenery, including famed Rattlesnake Ledge. The first two-mile section of the trail is one of the most popular trails in the region, so expect fellow hiking enthusiasts. The well-maintained trail within North Bend city limits is described as moderate to difficult and continues west for an additional nine miles to Snoqualmie Point Park.
Not for the faint-hearted, Mailbox Peak provides a challenging climb, but it’s well worth the spectacular panoramic view at the summit. Majestic neighboring peaks tower and a lush green valley stretches out below. A blend of the old trail and a newer section with switchbacks, you’ll discover rock fords, turnpikes and yes, a Mailbox at the top!.
Known for its glorious waterfalls, the 2,329-acre Olallie State Park is a great place to hike, mountain bike or explore on horseback. Adventure seekers can tackle the 9.2-mile-long Olallie Trail, which climbs more than 3,000 feet and provides spectacular views of the Snoqualmie Valley. Additionally, the park offers excellent fishing and rock climbing, plus access to the extensive Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail.
The highly anticipated Raging River is a new mountain bike trail system near North Bend. The first phase includes a 21-mile lollipop loop, but eventually will be an epic 40-mile system of trails that connects to Tiger Mountain. Trails range from easy to expert, and the majority are wide enough for only one bike. Watch on blind corners, and bring plenty of water.
The Tiger Mountain Trail is located in Tiger Mountain State Forest, a 13,745-acre natural preserve. The area is known for its lush landscape and stunning hiking and mountain biking trails. Advanced riders can enjoy lots of downhill only options, and intermediate riders can tackle a variety easier trails.
There’s something pretty magical about leaving work at 6 p.m., being on the slopes at 7 p.m. and home in bed by 10 p.m. Just 20 minutes from North Bend, Snoqualmie Ski Resort features 2,000 acres of skiing, including 550 acres of back country and 600 acres of night skiing, plus snowboarding and tubing.
North Bend just might be the best of both worlds – accessibility to key employers and major freeways and unmatched access to the outdoors. Paired with a charming and walkable downtown corridor, stellar schools and a growing restaurant/brewery scene, North Bend has it all. Come escape to the retreat you’ve always dreamed of at Cedar Landing.
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