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John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail

Tolt-MacDonald Park

Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, Washington

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John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail

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  • John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) along the John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • Canopy of bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) along the John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • Lumberjack plank notches in cut old-growth western red cedar.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • Canopy of bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) along the John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • Unnamed creek along the John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • Campsite along the trail's north-end.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • Snoqualmie River from a campsite along the trail's north end.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • Tolt-MacDonald north picnic shelter and group camp site.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • Tolt-MacDonald north picnic shelter and group camp site.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • Tolt-MacDonald north picnic shelter and group camp site.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
  • Return trail and road on the east side of the loop.- John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Forest with remains of previous old-growth.
Cons: 
Limited views of the Snoqualmie River.
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Region:
Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
80.00 ft (24.38 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Located on the west side of Tolt-MacDonald Park, the John MacDonald Nature Loop Trail is a family-friendly hike that is short and easy, and it is ideal for exploring both the historic and current conditions of Pacific Northwest forest ecology.

Beginning at the Yurt and Family Camping Area in the park, the trail makes a virtually level 2-mile loop through second-growth native forest that is lush with western red cedars, bigleaf maples, skinny Douglas firs, and a forest floor filled with sword ferns. Watch for old-growth cedar stumps, many of which still show little details of the region's logging history. Many of the stumps still have the notches that lumberjacks created to insert planks used as a platform for sawing or chopping the tree.

If you are returning on the loop alongside the river, be sure to pack a few snacks for a picnic at the park's North Shelter.

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