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BEAUTIFUL waterfall!

Awesome place to go in winter and also in spring when it is slightly less taxing. Go there enough prepared to walk in snow for good two miles if you are going in winter or early spring. The hike experience is wonderful and worth it!

Definitely worth the work for a short trip. Ice in quite a few spots still but easy to manage with just boots. Can't wait to try this one again after the snow and be able to get behind the falls.

Amazing trail and beautiful as well! Very icy so you have to be careful but definitely worth it.

Beautiful hike to enjoy with the kids and dog in tow.

First time I ever hiked in the snow. It was amazing! We made it all the way to the waterfall. Simply beautiful!

hiking
24 days ago

Snow covered forest trail following the water and an amazing falls at the end. Beautiful!

I did this hike last Sunday and though I wasn’t expecting it to be cover by snow it was still an awesome hike! The whole way was beautiful river views with mint blue water it was just stunning! I would definitely recommend this hike. One of the most beautiful waterfalls.

Super pretty hike. The entire trail was covered in hard packed snow and some ice. Boots chains and poles for the win!

Went this weekend. It was amazing. 3/17/18 it was snowy still, slippery in some places. Be careful, but otherwise wonderful!

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!!!

Short easy hike. Very crowded. Amazing waterfall. In order to enjoy this hike, snow spikes or hiking boots for icy and snowy surface is required. In my opinion, snowshoes are a little bit overkill.

Really a gorgeous hike. Snow was covering the trail so leave your nikes at home and hike with good traction shoes. Spectacular view at the end of this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike. Lots of great people and friendly pups along the way. Snow was covering the trail, good shoes with adequate traction or shoe spikes would be a wise choice. Not deep enough for snowshoes.

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.

walking
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.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely waterfalls in a pleasant forest setting. If you are short on time, you can also park your car on the side of the WA123 and take a connecting trail from there to make this into an even shorter there-and-back hike that doesn't take more than half an hour or so.

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.

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.

hiking
2 months 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

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Great hike. Treacherous without traction. Snow melt bogs at some points, but can be walked around.

Beautiful winter hike! We took exit 47 and parked next to the gate. I realized afterwards we could have taken the following exit and done a 3.5 mile or so hike instead of 7 miles, but oh well. We parked about 11:15am and it took us 3.5 hours including lunch at the falls. The descent down to the falls is steep and slippery. I recommend traction devices like microspikes to help with this hike in the winter. I would definitely hike this again in the snow - so beautiful!

So fun and easy!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, absolutely worth the trip. It is a little challenging as most of the hike to the waterfall is downhill, therefore the hike back to the car is entirely uphill. If you visit this waterfall during spring, expect snow. I attempted to visit in March and the road leading to this waterfall was buried under 3 feet of snow (but the roads surrounding Lemolo Resort were plowed). I completed the hike in October, which is the perfect time to avoid both snow and mosquitoes. The waterfall was impressive even though we visited during Fall.

So much snow! We arrived around noon on 1/20 and glad we did, because the morning hikers had to break trail. By afternoon, the snow was still coming down but the trail was easily accessible. Parked at snoqualmie lodge and walked to the trailhead which was confusing to find, but there were plenty of people to ask along the way. Perfect snowy hike for people who don’t love snow because it’s fairly short and beautiful. I wore yak tracks and was glad I did

hiking
3 months ago

Super easy fun filled snow walk for such a beautiful mostly frozen falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Favorite waterfall in the Mt.Hood NF. Typically short easy trail

1/14/18-

First 1/4 mi of trail was clear with spots of thick very slick mud. 1/4 way in trail turns to solid black ice...spikes are needed!

Found pair of shoes at trailhead mens size 9. So if they are yours I have them!

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