During the fall salmon spawning season, many people enjoy watching wild salmon as they swim upriver to lay their eggs. View returning adult salmon in Snoqualmie Valley around the town of Carnation from mid-September through October at three locations:
- Chinook Bend Natural Area map. See salmon from the public access trail, shown as a hot pink line on the map. To access the area, find the parking lot in the vicinity of 30900 NE Carnation Farm Road.
- Tolt MacDonald Park map. See salmon from the footbridge over the Snoqualmie River shown as a red line on the park map. The park boasts a campground and miles of forested and riverside trails. In the opposite direction, you can venture onto the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.
- Snoqualmie Valley Trail map. See salmon from the footbridge over the Tolt River, near markers 9 and 10 on the map. It spans about 30 miles, from Duvall in the north, south past North Bend to Rattlesnake Lake. The gravel trail is a mostly flat but is not recommended for regular bikes or wheelchairs.
Read more about fall salmon spawning season in western Washington State, including locations near Seattle, plus nearby rivers around the Puget Sound region, and a few on the Olympic Peninsula.