4,327 ft
Distance
-563 ft
Descent
3,516 ft
High Point

Great Wall Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    South Fork Snoqualmie
    North Bend, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • eBike Allowed
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Hiking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
  • OSM Way

This is great hike with a reasonable 3000 feet of gain. We went up the Mt WA trail (4 miles) and down the Great Wall trail (6 miles). The only drawback is that the hiker should do some research and bring a gps and Green Trails map. And even with these aids to navigation, there will be some head scratching.

Part of the problems is that the guidebooks are misleading and wrong. Even the Green Trails 206S has trails/roads that are not on the map, so intersections produce some real confusion if you haven't done this trail before. Even the Trailhead is not mentioned in the guidebooks. It is the Homestead Valley Trailhead. The trail from the parking lot is not marked at all, and the signage at the trailhead mentions nothing of Mt Washington.

The first real confirmation that you are truly going the right way is past the Owl Hike Lookout over 2 miles from the trailhead. Here is a sign that points to Mt WA or to the Great Wall. We continued on Mt WA and had no real difficulty in finding the summit from this point. If the hiker chooses to descend via the Great Wall, you must cross over several road barriers that state "No Trespassing. Cedar River Watershed." Indeed at some point these signs are to your right so that you are not trespassing, but it is VERY confusing. At the hard left turn at 3800 feet there is another road that is NOT on the Green Trails 206S. The only signage on the way down via the Great Wall trail is at the 3800 foot level, and one direction is up to Mt WA from whence you came or to Change Creek. Change Creek? Don't go that way. Almost immediately past this point the logging road continues with some small boulders laid across the road/trail. Don't go this way either, unless you want to add an extra mile. An unmarked (again) spur, hardly noticeable, off to the right, is the correct direction, even though this trail is overgrown with brush and hardly appears to be a trail at times. Bottom line: a great hike; but do you homework; and bring the proper tools for orienteering.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Great Wall Trail hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -563 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,953 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,516 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,953 ft
  • Grade
    -13%
  • Grade max
    -53.7%
  • Grade min
    3.2%
  • Distance climb
    203 ft
  • Distance down
    4,091 ft
  • Distance flat
    33 ft
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