Embark on an adventure for waterfall lovers of all ages. Franklin Falls provides the casual hiker with a stunning up-close view of a waterfall without the physical demands of a rigorous hike. The trail begins from FR 5830, right before the bridge, and immediately steers into the forest along the bank of the rushing South Fork Snoqualmie River. Although the beginning of the trail is punctuated by views of alpine cabins, within a quarter of the mile you can find yourself deep in the mossy wilderness, enjoying scenic views of the river.

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The trail climbs gradually, working its way upward in root-woven steps. A careful hiker can spot the ruts of an old wagon road left over by the settlers and fur traders that once braved Snoqualmie Pass. The trail crosses the wagon ruts periodically, but if you can’t spot them on your own follow the marked side trail to view the remnants of the well-worn path. After weaving along the river bank, the trail suddenly descends downward into a ravine, offering a first glimpse of the majestic falls pouring over the rock face. Climb down along the rocky beach to view Franklin Falls up close or enjoy a pleasant picnic. The falls are swollen with snowmelt in the spring, making it a great time to visit the landmark.

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Variety: out and back

Elevation gain:

Difficulty: Easy

Season: late Spring, Summer

Facilities at Trailhead: none

Passes and Permits  Required: yes

Maps: Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207


Driving Directions: From I-90 east take exit 47, the Ashael Curtis/Denny Creek exit. Turn left and turn right after crossing the overpass. Turn left onto Denny Creek Road, following it past the Denny Creek Campground. Take a left onto FR 5830 and park just before the bridge.

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