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Olallie State Park
Six miles east of North Bend, WA., on the I-90 corridor.


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Olallie State Park

Olallie State Park is a day-use park in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It features dramatic waterfalls, cliff formations, riverbanks and living old-growth trees up to 14 feet in diameter.

Location:
Six miles southeast of North Bend, on Interstate 90, in King County.

Acreage:
539.1 acres with 21,588 feet of freshwater shoreline on the south fork of the Snoqualmie River.

Acquired:
The park was acquired in four parcels; the first in 1950 and the last in 1991, for a total cost of $336,359.75.

Historical Background:
In June 1976, the Highways Department made available to the Commission a piece of property that united a number of Commission holdings in the area. This became Olallie, which is the Chinook jargon word for berry. The area abounds in huckleberries. Olallie includes Garcia Recreation Area, Snoqualmie Pass Wagon Road Heritage Area and Twin Falls Natural Area.

Facilities:
A hydro-electric power plant and weir is located at Weeks Falls, with parking, viewpoints to the river and falls, and approximately 1/4 mile interpretive trail and 2 vault toilets. Parking areas have been established at both ends of the Twin Falls Trail. Each parking area has two vault toilets. The park has a residence and storage building. A second hydro-electric power plant is underground near Twin Falls.

Of Special Interest:
A one-mile hike leads visitors to two spectacular waterfalls, including the 100-foot cascading Twin falls. Old-growth trees 12 to 14 feet in diameter add color to the park

Activities:
Trails
6 mi. Hiking Trails

Water Activities
Fishing (freshwater)

Other
Bird Watching
Interpretive Activities
Mountain Biking
Rock Climbing
Wildlife Viewing


The rock-climbing area is adjacent to the park, above the Iron HorseTrail. Rock-climbing equipment is necessary. Fatal accidents have occurred when amateurs have climbed without proper equipment.

Olallie provides access to the Iron Horse Trail, an old Milwaukee Railroad path that starts in North Bend and extends to the Iowa Border. The Iron Horse Trail permits mountain biking and horseback riding.

The river is open for fishing. Check local regulations.

Driving Directions:
From eastbound I-90:
Take exit 38 and turn right at stop sign. Drive one half mile to park entrance on left.

From westbound I-90:
Take exit 38 and turn left at stop sign. Drive a half mile to park entrance on right.

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