Explorer Falls Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Explorer Falls Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Snohomish, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
278 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Follow Monroe Camp rd all the way to the end. Park. Walk behind the gate that says closed to all motorized vehicles. Follow the trail. You'll come to a fork and you'll go to the right. (If you go left you'll have to climb over old railroad track and rail road ties. Wrong way) After going right a little ways down you'll see a blue sign in the tree that says Explorer Falls and to the left of it you'll see a big pile of trees. Follow the trail behind the pile of trees you'll go down a little more and turn left at the hill and fallen trees. You'll go down a big ravine and follow the road you'll go behind another gate that has shot gun holes in it. You'll start to hear a stream. When it gets really loud you'll look to the right and there will be a dirt trail to the bottom of the Falls. Follow the stream up a little ways and you'll be at the bottom of the waterfalls.

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14 days ago

I found this hike too hard to find where to go. It was very empty. No one else around.

1 month ago

Great starter trail for our growing family. (2yr old & 5wk old). Nothing much to see other than the waterfall, which was worth the quick in and out. Monday AM had the trail all to ourselves.

follow the directions in the comments below and you won't get lost

1 month ago

Read the directions from the guy below. Casual beautiful Washington trail, waterfall is cool

1 month ago

Everything is washed out and the falls was not that great.

3 months ago

Wide road to a well marked blue sign trail head. Easy for families and dogs. Pretty view of the falls.

The treck out to the waterfall itself was easy peasy. It's basically a mile and a half down a service road with a bit of trail offshoot to get to the falls. In the winter some of the trip is a bit slick and steep, FYI. That gets you to about the 2.5 mi, low elevation gain that's listed here.

After the falls, the trail DOES go on if you cross the river. It gets steep fast with some crazy switchbacks. Definitely not an "easy" hike -- we had our 7mo old packed away in a carrier and had difficulties in some spots. One more stream crossing later, and the path became really poorly maintained and almost overgrown in spots -- difficult to tell where it branched or if it was even going to continue. Pretty forest, but no amazing views once you got to the top.

All told, the prettiest part of the hike was definitely the falls, and walking along the road to get there wasn't anything special.

6 months ago

6 months ago

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8 months ago

Little confusing on directions on how to get to the Falls. So here are accurate directions. The driving directions are good. So just follow Monroe camp rd all the way to the end. Park. Walk behind the gate that says closed to all motorized vehicles. Follow the trail. You'll come to a fork and you'll go to the right.( if you go left you'll have to climb over old railroad track and rail road ties. Wrong way) after going right a little ways down you'll see a blue sign in the tree that says Explorer Falls and to the left of it you'll see a big pile on trees follow the trail behind the pile of trees you'll go down a little more and turn left at the hill and fallen trees. You'll go down a big ravine and follow the road you'll go behind another gate that has shot gun holes in it. You'll start to hear a stream. When it gets really loud you'll look to the right and there will be a dirt trail to the bottom of the Falls. Follow the stream up a little ways and you'll be at the bottom of the waterfalls.

I packed in my 1 year old and brought my 5 year old. Perfect hike for kids. The road is a gravel road till the very last trail to the stream. It is kind of boring but the walk isn't too bad. And the waterfalls is worth it. Took about 2 hours with kids. Hope this helps.

8 months ago

Hike was okay. Easy for sure! Water level was low, so not much of a waterfall to see

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8 months ago

Tough to find but did it with all the comments leading our way. Did it with a 7,6,4 & 2 year olds. Not the funnest or prettiest hike but good way to get outside!

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8 months ago

9 months ago

Short trail, good for beginners. There aren't many signs telling where to go, so look out for markings on and pink tags tied to the trees.

9 months ago

Finding the trailhead was pretty easy, through Google Maps. However, a lot of confusion as to "Are we heading in the right direction?" There were no signs posted saying Explore Falls. Just a gate with a road closed sign. Luckily, I was able to navigate through comments from other people on the website who have taken this trail. There are some tagged areas with neon tape, as well as trees marked. We followed the road until we came to a fork with a road closed sign. If you look to your left you will see a pile of trees which you cross that leads you back to another road trail. Stay on that trail until you hear the roaring of water. On the right side you'll see a rugged trail opening that you follow to the waterfall. (It is not marked, just listen for the falls or you'll walk past the opening).Once we came to the stream/river, we decided to cross the water again and hike up to the peak where the top of the waterfall is. The trail is challenging & definatly a work out. After we hiked to the top, we then hike down to the base of the falls & enjoyed the cool mist of the falls and water hole. Very Enjoyable

9 months ago

More of a road than a trail. The last maybe quarter mile is a trail off the road up to the falls. The falls are pretty cool, but the hike on the road part was meh. Lots of bear sign. The've been clearly eating the berries along the road.

10 months ago

10 months ago

Hard to find, but nice trail! Very secluded, no one else was in the area. 8 year old enjoyed the walk.