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Explorer Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Snohomish, Washington

Explorer Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Snohomish, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 393 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

closed

Note: As of May 2020, this trailhead is closed to the public due to COVID-19 measures. Please check the trail page for more information. The trailhead is unmarked but will state Discovery Pass required with a big metal gate. Follow the gravel trail to the fork where the signs will lead you to the left past the stump (lots of signs will point this way even though the stump appears in the way). Again follow the gravel trail where again the signs forbid you from following to the right, follow the mound of dirt and logs to the left, down and up and into the trail again where you'll pass another gate stating FALLS THIS WAY! Keep going! You'll continue on for a bit, but the falls are UNMARKED!!!! Listen for water! You'll come to what looks like another small fork, with a TINY little trail to the right, with what looks like a dead end right in front of it to the right while the main trail continues to the left. STOP HERE!!!! Go up the little trail and you've found paradise.

closed
14 days ago

Looks beautiful from others pictures, but closed due to the Rona, effective 5.2.20

hiking
closed
15 days ago

Gravely path the whole way. Falls is a little covered by trees, was like a 3.1 mile hike, good and calming tho

walking
closed
rocky
16 days ago

Other than being stopped by an officer/ranger and being harassed, the falls is a sight to see. The walk there is a little boring until you have to climb down the ravine! We did this while backpacking an 18 month old. We even let her climb the falls area. Fun little cave at the top. A nice spot to pray once inside the falls and you have the strong windows blowing on you with a mist of water. One of my favorites! Also this hike is not in snohomish, and is owned by the city of everett.

hiking
20 days ago

We couldn't find the trail at all. The inaetructions said there will be a gate with a sign that says no cars, so we parked and walked up. It was no where near the falls and wasn't much to see. I will try again and hopefully can find it next time. I assume you need to keep driving past the private home?

hiking
1 month ago

Carole Baskin lives on this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Very chill , beautiful condition and well marked up until the waterfall itself which is easy to miss on a small trail to the right. If you hit the timber fields youve gone too far.

2 months ago

trail conditions were super awesome. no rain, saw like 2 other people. clearly marked.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to find, with no difficulty getting there. Trail in good condition. Pay attention to where you’re going, the falls are easy to miss.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun little hike. Took my 3 kids, ages 11, 9 & 5. Easy trail and gorgeous water falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Great easy hike to start the season off. It is easy to miss the path to the falls, like others we walked right past it.

Love this hike! It's fun to explore and short and easy. Great for littles.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is perfect for your mini adventurists looking for a gorgeous reward at the end of their journey. There are two stream crossings so I would recommend wearing water proof shoes just in case. The trail is mostly flat, with a couple log obstacles along the way. My novice five year old did JUST fine. Park your car at the end of the road and walk along the dirt road until you see signs point to the LEFT for “Explorer Falls” Once you make the turn you will soon find yourself with a log obstacle and a stream crossing. Continue on another .5 miles past the gate and you with see an unmarked trail to the right and if you hear the sound of rushing water you’re in the right place. Take that trail, cross the stream and make your way in towards the waterfall.

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

This was a perfect family trail. We brought my boyfriends 9yo brother and an 11yo dog and they did it no problem. The walk from the parking area to the trailhead is about .8mi, and from there about half a mile to the falls. There was a little stream that we had to carefully cross that was about 1.5ft deep, we had to carry the dog across as she would not safely walk. The trail to the falls is not clearly marked, we accidentally walked past it. The clearing is big with some rocks and logs to sit on, but you have to cross the river and climb around a bit to actually get to the bottom of the falls (not a dog friendly little path as it requires some maneuvering), but in the initial clearing you can still kind of see them. We did find some broken glass pieces (and picked them up) all around the clearing area though so watch out if you are bringing your dogs!! Overall great trail, not too busy and generally easy to do.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

Great trail- it was our first time hiking there with our 5 year old twins. We enjoyed it although it was quite a walk to the trail about a mile or walking. Finally we found a sign that points you in the right direction that lead us into the woods. Once you’re in it’s another mile or so of exploring, going up and over huge logs. We saw a decent size spider before entering the waterfall above us, but we just stayed away and kept going about our business. It was beautiful to find it!!

hiking
3 months ago

Loved doing this trail with my kids! We did have to carry the kids across the creek/river? But the falls were so worth it! I would recommend rain boots!

hiking
muddy
snow
4 months ago

Great easy trail. Trail head not marked. When you come to the fork in the road where the camp is, take the fork to the left, it’s at the gate at the end of the road. When on the trail, stay on the gravel road until you see the signs for Explorer Falls. There’s stump piles and such to go around but so worth the reward.

hiking
muddy
washed out
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
flooded
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

I loved the trail! It was super easy and beautiful on a rainy day! It’s hard to get lost on this trail so don’t listen to the other comments. I love it:)

muddy
4 months ago

be prepared to cross a foot and a half deep creek about 5 feet wide

hiking
blowdown
muddy
scramble
4 months ago

Others describe the trail, I'll just describe the scramble. The trail up to the top of the falls is on the far side of the creek and the water level at the creek was too high for a dry crossing so the scramble was the only way to the top of the falls (w/o getting wet.) The scramble starts easy enough, but the last half is pretty sketchy. I'm 6'5 and was barely able to find good griping within reach. Going back down the scramble would be dangerous and only possible if you commit to getting dirty (sliding on your bum/belly at places.) I don't recommend the scramble. Got my feet wet crossing the creek on the way back but better than trying to go down the scramble.

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