Mud Mountain Rim Trail

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6.9 km
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134 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Mud Mountain Rim Trail is a heavily trafficked out-and-back trail in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest that is rated as moderate. This hike requires only modest elevation gain and the trail is fairly well-kept, making it a nice choice for newer hikers.

Watch for stinging nettle on the sides of this trail.

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Route Description for Mud Mountain Rim Trail

Mud Mountain Rim Trail is a great outing for newer hikers or a solid choice for shoulder season as the elevation gain is fairly minimal. The hike follows a ridgeline above a creek. Stay on the trail to avoid stinging nettles.

Start your hike by the dam park on the trail adjacent to the fence near the entrance. Walk alongside a pretty forest on the ridge, occasionally crossing over swampy areas with boardwalks.

The main trail eventually connects to a gravel maintenance road that leads closer to the river. On the other side of the valley, you’ll find tall grass and lots of blackberries.

Arriving at Scattered Creek, follow the dry river bed to the river. On the return trip, you’ll have to climb back up the gravelly hill and then retrace your steps to the trailhead.

Getting to the Mud Mountain Rim Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for the Mud Mountain Rim Trail is off Mud Mountain Road SE at the north end of the Mud Mountain Dam Recreational Area.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


  • When to do


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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