Let me see what I can do. I haven't downloaded the GPS data yet but I can map something out on Googlemaps and link it here.
Ok, let's see if this works:
Click Here For Map.
Here's a legend on the map points, they aren't in any particular order, I just right clicked for a new destination so they'd (hopefully) work on the linked map:
A - "Starting Point" at North Bend
B - The "Y" at Ernie's Grove, take the left to head up the North Fork
C - This is the new Sunday Creek Bridge, the bright red one in the photos above
D - This is where you cross into the Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie Nat. Forest, there's an empty sign post board and the end of some clear cutting area
E - A good place to do some shooting. Gravel bank at base of 2400 ft tall mountain. Main road takes 90 deg left over concrete bridge
F - End of the "main" road (FS Rd 57) at the abandoned wood bridge
G - Trail head for a the Bare Mountain hiking-only trail. You'll need a forest past to park at the trailhead.
H - Where my son and I camped last weekend
I - I've not been up this road in ages. It looks over grown but tire tracks to go up it. "Some day" I'd like to reach the end. Looks like it could afford a great view from the top based on the map (turn on Google Maps's "Terrain" setting to see topopgraphy if it's not on)
J - There are a few camp sites on this flat area between the two main valleys, this was the runner up for this trip as it's right next to a calm section of the river
K - Did some exploring on Sunday, got to this point and stopped at debris pile covering road. It would be passable in a Jeep but since I was on my own up there and my Jeep needs some TLC I didn't want to push it.
L - "End of the other road". The main gravel road stops but it looked like a side road continues on. Not sure how far. I remember this area used to be a clear cut. Now everything is about 25 ft tall.
There are not much options or opportunities to get lost on the way up to the North Fork. All the side roads between leaving the pavement and the edge of the National Forest lands have been gated. People hike those areas but you cannot drive up the roads. So . . . you can't really get lost up here. The only "trick" is finding the start of the road. It's on the outskirts of North Bend (see map) and starts at a little enclave called Ernie's Grove (point B) where the road "Y's" off. Take the left "Y" that climbs up hill.
The road bed itself is in decent shape with the occasional potholes punctuating here or there. All the old log bridges having subsequently been replace with solid, stout, concrete bridges, the newest and most impressive (if shortest) being the Sunday Creek Bridge (red one above).
The main road travels through working timberland on the way up and crosses in and out of clear cut area and standing forests.
FS Rd 5700 Camping Spots
There are 3-4 camping spots along the side of the river grouped around points H, G and F with the camp site that we stayed at being the best of them. As you can see, these are in a deep valley and the area is quite pleasant. Occasionally you might hear a car rumbling by on the main road as hikers go to and from the Bare Mt. Trailhead (point G) but it's VERY rare (there's just not that much back here) so it's plenty peaceful. Mostly old growth trees here. Across the river from our camp site (point H) and through the trees along the river's edge are some massive car and house sized boulders piled up at the base of the mountain. Makes for some interesting exploring if you don't mind getting your feet wet. Down stream about 2-3 blocks from point H is also a falls of sort. Not big, but it flows over a massive slab of rock and tumbles into a few pools. Hard to spot through the trees. It's pretty but there's no trail that leads to it so it's a cross country walk (of a few hundred feet) through the woods to reach it. When I was a teenager my friends and I would slosh through the river from our camp site to explore what it had to offer.
The Flat Land
Not sure what else to call this area around points D, E, and J and the second to last photo (titled "heading home") is a good depiction of the woods in this area. Its a broad, flat tree covered area at the convergence of two branches of the North Fork's upper reaches. Near point D there's two camping spots. And around point J there are a number of others. Point E is a shooting pit that's actually pretty good and safe if a bit "public" in that it's adjacent to the road but facing away from it toward the mountain. The woods here are a mix of alder and evergreen which is kind of nice. Terrain is flat, as mentioned, so there's little interest in elevation changes. The river flowing past D and E is very rock and bouldery. But the branch flowing past J is much more serene.
K & L
I don't go up here much. This was an area (around L) that was clear cut at one point but is now well on it's way to regrowing with anything in the clear cut area already 20-25 ft tall. The road is pretty far away from the river in the valley below. And while people camp at the ends of the roads (as evidenced by fire pits) there's not much there. . . the road just stops and there's a gravel turn-around. Not anything "I" would call a camping spot. But hey, what ever floats some people's boat. The photo of the trees in the mist was taken along this route some place. Point K is where a debris field covers the road. It should be passable to a Jeep maybe with some work, maybe simply by picking the right line. I didn't go any further since I was on my own this weekend.
Past point J the road gradually climbs the hill side. I went up there one year when was in my 20's (now 34) and we stopped at a creek crossing (probably toward the end of the road). It was a decent sized creek that tumbled down a boulder wash on the steep hill side. Very pretty and it made for some nice climbing / exploration on foot heading up hill.
Point I is a road I'd like to explore some time. It looked little used and a bit over grown when I drove past it this weekend. On another occasion I'd have checked it out but didn't want to go haring off with my 2 yr old son with me in a Jeep that was not in prime condition. Judging from the route on Google Maps it looks like it climbs the ridge line up to an impressive point. I'd love to check this out someday.
Camp Site Suggestions
"Camping Spots" in this area are not official places. It's not like a developed Forest Service camp site with a paved road and angle parking with a picnic bench and welded steel BBQ grate and out houses. This is dispersed camping. Basically, just places to pull off on the side of the road. Most of these pull-offs are reasonably private with a 50-100+ ft spur leading to them and plenty of vegetation screening between the site and the road. And that's it. If there's not a camp fire pit somewhere, drag some rocks into a circle and make one. And no, no out houses. No garbage cans so pack your stuff out with you. Better yet, pack up some extra trash if there's any in the camping spots (though they're usually clean).
My preference is for the sites around points H, G, and F. It's a pretty mountain valley up there. One or two of the sites are VERY close to the river and don't have a lot of room for a tent.
Second best are probably the sites at point J.
Third string options . . . I'd probably say D. There are two spots here and they are visible from the road with a bit of a 10 ft cliff to the river below and they look out on a view of the river that's basically a big massive rock field. Plus they're within a 2 min or less walk to the shooting pit. Convenient if you're really into shooting, but potentially a bit noisy.
Now, there USED to be a couple camping spots around point C, where the new Sunday Creek Bridge is now. It looks like the bridge construction wiped out one but you might be able to reach a sand bar on one side of the bridge, probably by a 20 ft foot path.