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Hikers have long had a love/hate relationship with the Middle Fork – Snoqualmie Road (FR 56) outside of North Bend, in the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS). We endure the potholes, washouts, and mud in order to access to the beautiful Middle Fork and its wonderful destinations.

Could that slow, axle-grinding, tire-popping drive be just a memory not so long from now? It’s a real possibility.

Since 2004, the MBS, other agencies and the public have been discussing the possibility of paving the Middle Fork Road. Yes, paving

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