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The trail itself was well maintained with a great payoff once you make it to the beach. The incline on the way back up was pretty tough for our 5year old so we had to take a lot of breaks, but overall it was a great hike.

6 days ago

Road was closed when i got there. I had to walk extra 2 miles to the trail head, and it was covered with a lot of snow. Will come back when it has better condition.

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.

Beautiful day up there! A little muddy in places but not bad at all.

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!!!

This trail had more decline/incline than I had imagined from past reviews, but a lovely hike nonetheless and a beautiful beach at the end to relax and eat lunch.

Steep hike but not difficult. A lot of snow at the top and too slippery for just tennis/hiking boots. Had to turn around because we didn’t have the best shoes for compact snow and ice.

Nice and easy hike through the snow. Didn’t need snowshoes or spikes.

28 days ago

This hike is pretty and not difficult. Lots of fresh snow so spikes weren’t necessary but did help when going up an incline. The cave is covered up right now, but the hike is still worth it. Saw a small avalanche as well. I can’t wait to go back when I can actually see the cave! Parking is about 2 miles away from the trailhead.

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.

Amazing views! Short, steep hike

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.

It’s a nice short trail that leads to the shore. Back trails are really nice as well. A lot of forest with occasional streams.

1 month ago

My wife and I hiked to Skyline Lake and beyond from Stevens Pass. The trail to the lake was packed hard, so we didn't use snowshoes. The trail was rather steep but we didn't have problem. The trail from the lake to the rock garden was crusty so we used snowshoes. On the way down the snow on the tail became soft and slippery where the sun was beating down so we used Microspikes. I saw other people using skis, snowshoes, and spikes. The weather was sunny. The temperature was between 17 and 38 degrees F. It was a gorgeous day.

Very pretty hike. Didn't need snow shoes or spikes.

Cute little trail and waterfall. There is a loop that follows into the forest and along the river.

1 month ago

easy walk to the beach.

Went yesterday and the road is closed 2 miles before the turnoff so the hike is longer than what you’ll read about it. An avalanche covered the cave entrance so we couldn’t explore but up to the right are some small waterfalls and it was an absolutely gorgeous day. A lot of hard pack snow and ice, I didn’t bring my spikes but they wouldn’t be a bad idea to have.

Breathtaking views yesterday 02/10/18! Great trail for beginner snowshoeing. Plenty of snow for skiing or snowshoeing!

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.

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

1 month ago

Went today and was absolutely breathtaking! The snow was really coming down, as a snow storm was happening. Lots of fresh powder & only people out there. Had to park and walk just over a mile to trail head but the walk was pretty too. If you’re in the area DO THIS! Easy, flat, beautiful. Snowshoes are a must, deep deep snow.

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!

What a rainy day in Washington, but what a wonderful Winter Wonderland at the Big Four Ice Caves!
Road was closed so it added an extra 4.4 miles (according to Apple GPS). Saw one snow avalanche and heard several. Be careful and highly recommend to stay on the trail.
My three dogs did so well, they love the snow!!
It wasn’t icy on 1/21, but snowy and slushy.

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

Great trail with beautiful view. Easy but was a bit icy in January.

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