Lake Easton State Park, Snoqualmie Tunnel, and the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

One of our favorite close to home locations for a quick getaway is Lake Easton State Park.  This park, located just east of the Snoqualmie Summit ski area, has fantastic facilities, full RV hookups, camp sites, and amenities while also being located close to miles and miles of great hiking trails.  Nestled along the bank of Lake Easton, the park offers a great variety of water activities including fishing, swimming, and boating (although high-speed water activities are not recommended due to under water tree stumps).  The last time we were there, we took our small inflatable raft out on the lake and had a great time with the kids.  In addition, there was a local person renting paddle boards for those interested in getting out on the water.

Lake Easton View 2

Lake Easton State Park is great for those traveling with kids.  There are plenty of nearby grassy areas, a charming sandy beach area with awesome views, and a nearby play-park for the kids to blow off some steam while the parents relax.  In addition, many of the RV sites are located in a forest setting, making you truly forget that you are less than 1 hour away from Seattle.  While most of the sites offer good locations, spots # 31, 33, 35, and 37 offer the best views of the beach area and lake and are among our top choices when they are available.

Every time we visit Lake Easton State Park, it never fails that our kids want to go for a hike along the nearby John Wayne Pioneer Trail/Iron Horse State Park.  TrailJohn Wayne Pioneer Trail also referred to as Iron Horse State Park is a 1,612-acre park that was once the home of hundreds of miles of railroad track for the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad.  The best part of the trail is that it is wide, smooth, and has a reasonably low grade (both ascending and descending) – leading to some very kid-friendly hiking.  Along the side of the trail, there are still some remnants of the past in what have become our kids’ favorite treasures in the form of old rusty railroad spikes and glass insulators still visible on some of the remaining power lines no longer in service.

Want to walk through a two mile long tunnel Tunnel Entranceunder Snoqualmie Pass?  You can’t miss this excursion while staying at Lake Easton State Park.  Head to exit 54 for the Hyak Sno-Park.  Here you can enter the tunnel through the east side.  Be sure to have several flashlights and a fleece.  The temperature in the tunnel stays cool even during summers months and it is dark.  Really dark!  You will need a Washington State Discover Pass to park here.  Tunnel closes from fall through spring for safety reasons.

Best of all, for Seattleites, Lake Easton provides a very near-by escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city.  It also provides favorable weather late Spring through early fall due to its proximity along the Cascade Mountain range.

Thank you for reading and please feel free to share this information or comment below.  We always love learning how others are enjoying the places we visit.

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