Franklin Falls Trail 1036

EASY 920 reviews

Franklin Falls Trail 1036 is a 2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 367 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Please note: The road leading to the trailhead periodically closes to motor vehicles due to snow levels. You can park just before the closure and walk the road instead. However, this makes the total trip length approximately 8 miles. Franklin Falls Trail is a popular, easy hike that is only a few miles round trip and is easily accessible thanks to the paved road in and the ample parking lot. It is a perfect hike for the whole family, so feel free to bring kids, even the little ones. The path is clearly marked and had plenty of stopping points. This is a highly travelled trail so parking fills up quickly, but that also means there are are restrooms available at the trailhead. This is a great hike year round. It is a perfect hike for taking a dip in the summer, enjoying a classic foggy pacific northwest day, and is a real winter wonderland when it is snowy- though you will want to consider bringing snow shoes or at least sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles. This can also be done as a loop with the Wagon Road Trail.

hiking
5 hours ago

well cared for trail, moderate difficulty and reasonable distance. The expansives flat rock formations at the falls provide lots of room for many hikers to relax and the younger ones to play in the pools of water safely.

trail running
18 hours ago

Cool waterfall, and the trail follows a really pretty river. Took Wagon Wheel trail back, also pretty.

hiking
1 day ago

Awesome view of waterfall with little effort . You can go the base of falls. Excellent trail for every age group.

1 day ago

Easy and enjoyable trail

hiking
1 day ago

Easy hike. Great view!

hiking
5 days ago

Shady, well maintained popular trail. Very enjoyable Week day hike good for all ages.

12 days ago

Well maintained and easy hike to the falls

hiking
14 days ago

The trail is well maintained and pretty easy. The only tricky part was a small section at the falls that is narrow, rocky and damp. As long as you go slow it's fine. The trail is beautiful and you walk alongside and above the river. The falls are amazing and much larger than I expected. This trail has a great payoff for the amount of effort. The trail is very crowded, which I expected. There are a lot of new hikers that aren't familiar with trail etiquette and don't want to share the trail with other groups. We had more than one group walk towards us taking up the full width of the trail and they had no interest in walking single file to let us continue walking (also single file). Other than that it is a great hike.

hiking
14 days ago

Great short family hike. Trail was in great condition, but super crowded (as you might expect on a sunny Sunday afternoon). Had my two year old on my back, which was probably a bit overkill as a lot of little ones seemed to be managing just fine. That said, the last short stretch to the base of the falls is nothing but narrow, wet, sharp, angled rock, so not sure how we would have fared without the kiddie carrier. The entire trail was gorgeous the whole way, following along the river with a few little views along the way. Great time!

14 days ago

Always beautiful!

hiking
18 days ago

Easy, refreshing hike.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful, easy, and family friendly! Easy hike to do with the family on a hot day.

hiking
20 days ago

Very crowded (Memorial Day) but overall beautiful views and a nice easy hike. Slippery down by the falls with all of the rock and water so be sure to wear tennis shoes.

hiking
21 days ago

Took my 3 and 6 year olds. Great, beautiful hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Did this hike last weekend, very busy.

hiking
28 days ago

Great with kids and dogs! Entire trail goes along the river and has wonderful views. Several smaller waterfalls before the main one. Very busy and make sure you have the right forest pass!

29 days ago

beautiful

30 days ago

Nice and easy - trail was in great shape. Franklin Fall trail up, Old Wagon Trail back. Pouring with rain - so no folk on the trail, empty parking lot and peace. Waterfall was in full force.

hiking
1 month ago

Franklin falls gorgeous as usual!

hiking
muddy
off trail
scramble
snow
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Great beginner hike! Brought my puppy on a leash & he had a blast playing in the water! Rocks near waterfall are slippery! Be careful! Would recommend a lightweight sweatshirt, waterfall mist is cold!

hiking
1 month ago

pros: *dog friendly *kid friendly *beautiful * water at the end cons: * small parking area * rocks at the end and can get slippery when wet *Lots of people visit spring 2014

1 month ago

Simple easy hike...trail still has some snow but completely doable, the last part of the trail needs to be tread carefully as it is rocky and slippery.

hiking
1 month ago

This is my new favorite trail for hikes with the kids! My 2 & 6 year olds were able to walk pretty much the entire way. The waterfall was so beautiful and it was awesome to get to see it so close up unlike a lot of other trails.

1 month ago

Easy trail and the falls at the end of trail is beautiful!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Loved this simple hike! It was my first hike in a very long time and my fiancé and I had a blast! Steady elevation increase but enough to get the blood pumping. We went on a Saturday about 2pm and were able to find plenty of parking but the trail did have a lot of people which we didn’t mind because it’s a gorgeous view and we were able to do our own thing as much as we wanted.

hiking
1 month ago

short Hike very lovely

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

smelled like weed, molly was crabby, cold water SPRAYING off falls

hiking
scramble
snow
1 month ago

My friend and I made it to the trailhead starting at 6:45am today (Saturday), and we were the first ones on the trail. The parking lot for Franklin Falls is just a little ways past where the trailhead begins. From the parking lot, you walk through the small patch of trees on the path that will lead you out to the road where you came from, cross the road to where the bathrooms are, and there on the right you will see the sign that says Franklin Falls trail. The hike is easy, roughly 30 minutes to the Falls. There are patches of snow, still, but not slippery. Just be cautious as you walk along it. I would say this hike is kid friendly for older children, but if you have toddlers that like to run wild, I would be cautious as this trail still has snow, and it runs along the river, which you’re close to the edge at some parts. It would also be a bit difficult for the toddler to walk down the rocks as you’re arriving at the Falls. It’s very wet on the rocks heading down to the Falls. If you have them in a hiking backpack, great! We had the Falls all to ourselves and loved every second of it! Absolutely beautiful! We made it back to the parking lot at about 8am, and on our way back, there was only one other group on the trail. If you want to have the Falls to yourselves before large crowds arrive, definitely get there before 8am.

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Went on am impromptu hike and Franklin Falls was our choice. It started to snow right when we got to the trailhead. Park alongside of the road before Denny Creek trailhead and walk back across the small bridge to begin your hike towards the waterfall. Hard patches of snow and constant snow fall great you along the trail. Yes, snow in late April is surreal and beautiful. After about 30min of hiking with minimal elevation gain, you will see the waterfall. Lots of spots to take epic photos. It was too cold and wet, so we head back home. All in all, a short and easy hike. You can combine it with Denny Creek and take a short picnic detour at the Fall.

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