Explorer Falls Trail

MODERATE 79 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
265 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.

14 days ago

Enjoyable walk in; really pretty.

walking
1 month ago

The falls are pretty, the hike is fairly level/flat and follows gravel roads most of the way. Easy and not too long!

hiking
1 month ago

Went on Sunday 3/11/18.. beautiful weather! Went with friends, 4 younger kids, 2 toddlers and a tween. All enjoyed the hike to the falls and no one complained! A great starter hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun, easy trail that the dogs loved. Was worthwhile to cross the stream and follow the trail up to the top of the falls. Would highly recommend.

2 months ago

Not accessible. The river that needs to be crosses is moving way to fast. And the road out is not passable unless you have a truck.

2 months ago

Short, 2.4 miles out and back to a pretty waterfall.

2 months ago

it us a well marked trail with spray paint. it was a easy hike, on a nicer day I may even try to climb to the top of the tidge

hiking
3 months ago

Neat little adventure hike with spray paint marking the way. If you want to go up to the waterfall I'd suggest waterproof shoes that go up to at least the ankle to cross the creek, it's cooooold!

hiking
5 months ago

It was a lot of fun! Not too wet for November at all! The dogs had a blast

6 months ago

Short kid friendly hike! My 7 year old loved it. Beautiful falls.

hiking
8 months ago

I recommend if your vehicle can take it, to drive down the gravel road to the trail head and park on the side of the road. I also recommend lots of bug spray because the flys will follow you for miles. The hike was easy and worth it none the less. Beautiful for pictures and a good workout if you decide to make the climb up to the top of the falls.

hiking
8 months ago

A nice, sort, fairly easily hike. It was very quiet during the Thursday afternoon that I went. The falls are small, and the pools have interesting things to look at.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail easy to follow lots of little orange marks or signs however there are ALOT of flies and they bite! So just be prepared for that and have fun! There's two ways to go, up to the top(which is difficult and steep) or walk up the river a bit and see an amazing little waterfall (what I recommend)

hiking
8 months ago

I took my 6yr old girl and 10yr old boy, who have hiked Heather Lake a few times and enjoyed it. Explore Falls is not kid friendly, my opinion - too steep of dusty hills in most parts; once you arrive on the trail, lots of slipping and falling. I am not a fan of rock road the first .75 mile, hence the logging comments below. Once you get to actual trail it's marked by orange utility spray paint. Bring bug spray and sun screen. I would not recommend a dog with all the broken jagged rocks everywhere. This hike goes down in my book as not a good one.

hiking
8 months ago

We had a blast! Nice and easy hike. There was a few logging trucks but there is plenty of room on the sides to get out of the way. the water fall was beautiful and very picture friendly! I suggest going on a weekend when no loggers are working but I do recommend this hike to anyone and everyone.

hiking
9 months ago

We tried hiking today, but there were numerous logging trucks on the road. One of the truckers stopped and told us there were "a lot of bears less than mile away". He showed us a picture he had supposedly taken from his truck less than 10 minutes ago. We didn't have bear spray, and we had our two kids... made the decision to turn back and not chance the bears!

hiking
9 months ago

I'm confused...nobody says anything about the logs and cement blocks that block the hike...the logging trucks are a bit of a distraction...was the hike the logging/gravel trail? Does one have to travel that before getting to the trail head? Looking for information ...

9 months ago

huge hazard to the logging trucks head on with your walk. lots of deer fly and biting bugs. waterfall is great and lots of pics to take

hiking
9 months ago

fun trail its a easy hike if u want to take the kids on and short enough for them to do without getting burned out nice little cave also at the falls

9 months ago

Took the kids. Had so much fun. A relatively easy hike with a cool waterfall and cave at the end to play in.

9 months ago

Verrryyy short. More like a nature walk than a hike. Not much water rn either. Very pretty but there was more drive time than hike so it wasn't completely worth it to me.

9 months ago

Lovely hike. Lots of logging trucks. Bear sitings in area this week. Salmonberries are ripe.

10 months ago

The trail itself is a little boring and an easy flat walk, but the waterfall is beautiful and worth the walk.

hiking
11 months ago

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

11 months 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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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

Friday, March 31, 2017

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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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

Sunday, January 08, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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.

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