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4 days ago

Did this hike over the summer, so great and good tree coverage from the sun..and the best ending to a hike is a lake.... to swim in!

Beautiful hike with great views of St. Helens. I went in mid March and there was still snow in some places.

It’s been snowing all week and the full hike (from beginning of Denny Creek rd) was just beautiful. The falls were half way frozen and it was great to experience. I went alone so it was nice to see a decent amount of people there.

Roads were closed on both sides. Ended up hiking a total of 8 gorgeous miles today. The wagon trail is not open, don't take that as a loop back as one of the signs suggests... you'll end up walking through very deep snow. TAKE ICE CLEATS! The whole main trail is compacted snow and ice. One hiker slid down the hill at the falls today but was able to get back up. The trail right at the water fall is steep and icy, be extremely cautious. GORGEOUS hike though!!!

Very icy. Very very icy. We ran into hikers on there way down and they informed us it was icy all the way up. We kept moving forward but we came to a point where it was just constant ice, we weren’t getting much traction and we weren’t getting very far... so we sadly turned back. We’ll try again in a couple of weeks. It has great potential but the ice was out of control.

This is one of my all time favorite hikes, its so beautiful!!!

18 days ago

Plenty of snow on the way up to the falls. Even more on the way down the loop. Poles and spike were needed. Fun trail.

A beautiful hike with great views and a nice climb.

Hiked from Exit 47 at road closure. 7 miles RT. Approximately 5 miles of it is walking on the closed road that runs beside I90. Road was compact snow with some deep snow areas but there was an area worn down in the deeper snow areas. I wore microspikes and would recommend them. It was a beautiful day and I was pleasantly surprised to have the falls to myself. The falls are not completely frozen but the surrounded by beautiful ice.

1 month ago

Road remains closed so expect the 7.1 mile round trip walk in the woods. Started early in the morning and the road was icy with plenty of grooves from snowmobile tracks. Microspikes will serve you well and some warm boots. Snowshoes are not necessary, though if you want to carry them for weight, go for it. Trail is easy to find and has compact snow to lead you to the falls. The falls was flowing and plenty of icicles to add depth to the photos. This morning was not slushy and the ice looks like it’ll stay. Dress warm, gloves hats, you name it because it definitely is chilly by the falls. We passed 64 people and about 30 cars parked on the sides on the way back. Make sure to do the hike early (before 8-9AM) especially on weekends to beat crowds and get photos you want.

1 month ago

Went out with a partner, our first time using snow shoes.

First 2 miles were hard packed and easy to traverse. Broke trail for half a mile in. Easy to follow the alltrails route through the thick powder. Absolutely no trail markings. The views were spectacular.

Hiked in the spring with wild flowers blooming. Gorgeous and easy to navigate

The hike is worth it. The falls are amazing.

Snowshoed this half way then back tracked.. next time doing the entire loop . Today was sunny and clear skies . Magical views that never stoped

This was an amazing hike ! Had a little bit of everything you would want to see ... views of the river were so peaceful and the true reward was the falls

Beautiful day on the trail. Water is raging, it’s amazing!! Some snow in areas, but just a light dusting. Road had some icy spots but just before you get to the trailhead. I’ve never hike this trail at this time of year, it was awesome!!!!

This was a great hike with a wonderful view when you get to the top. What a beautiful day to get out and see this today. We had our 7 and 8 yr old with us, they did great.


Best hike of my life

Falls were pretty good. However the park doesn't take care of out houses. Looks like they haven't been cleaned in a few years and seats were broken etc. Better off going in woods or store before getting there. Also no trash cans so people have been just throwing things all over the ground.

Did it in thick snow

Did it in 3min snow. Love It

This was a great hike. Invite friends for a fun experience. Still a good hike if you prefer going solo. We went in early January and it still had snow. Make sure you wear the proper gear (i.e. shoe spikes, wear layers, wet weather clothing, etc.). I noticed a lot of people on the tail had on improper footwear and were slipping or had soaked feet from the snow/melted ice. Denny Creek Road was closed due to the icy roads, which caused us to walk about 2 miles to the actual start to the Franklin Falls Trailhead. The actual trail itself is about another 2.5 miles. During the snowy winter months it's about a 7-8ish mile hike roundtrip. Arriving at the falls was a phenomenal experience. Definitely worth the trek and the view. Bring a waterproof camera or just keep a good distance from the waterfall when taking pictures or it will get soaked.

1 month ago

I got there around 7 am and it took me about 3.5 hours to complete. I didn’t run into anyone until I was almost back to the car. The road to the trailhead is closed but you can park outside the barricades which makes the hike about 7.5 miles round trip. Definitely was thankful for my trekking poles and microspikes! The “trail” that’s on top of the roadway was easy to locate and was packed down, however the snow off that packed path was pretty loose and powdery and after several times of post holing and getting snow in my boots I put gaiters on (I wish I’d thought to put them on prior to that) which helped. Once I crossed the large bridge it started raining and i was sliding all over the place and miserable, so just be aware it can get pretty slushy. Otherwise, it was a great hike and definitely enjoyed the scenery!

TLDR; bring your microspikes and enjoy the hike.

Finally did this in the winter the second week of Jan and it was wonderful. Extra mileage made this second trip to the falls even better. HIGHLY recommend spikes! Made life a lot easier especially getting down to the falls. Arrived around 9am to only 3 cars parked and while heading back we probably passed over 40 people. I recommend getting an early start to the day even on a Monday so there's less people

lovely frozen lake!!

Beautiful day, weather held out perfectly for the hike. Trail is well maintained and easy to navigate still, not much snow on the ground.

1 month ago

hiked it a little while back. Thought I'd make it to reflection lake from the entrance of the trail. The bridge was washed out so I had to turn back. Overall the trail was pretty nice.

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