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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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 367 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

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Getting There

Please note: The road leading to the trailhead closes to motor vehicles in the winter 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. Northwest Forest pass required or $5 for parking. Discover Passes are not accepted for national forest land. 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.

Federal Northwest Forest Pass

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Snoqualmie District (North Bend) Tel: 425.888.1421

From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 47. Left off the freeway. Right at T in road for .4 miles. Left on FSR 58 for 2.5 miles to FSR 5830. Turn left and park before bridge, trailhead is just before bridge on the right.

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Alysha McVay
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HikingGreat!

The trail was easy and perfect for dogs and kids. The water is cold but there were quite a few kids playing near the water fall. A few perfect swimming holes along the trail to the falls too. Although, AllTrails claims it is 2 miles round trip, it’s 4.5 miles total to go to the falls and come back to the car.

Ruta Uluiva
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HikingGreat!

Take Exit 47 and follow the signs that’ll lead you to the Franklin Falls NOT Exit 52. My GPS took me to Exit 52 there’s a sign/board that’ll tell you to take Exit 47. It’ll save you so much time. Very easy hike and kid/family friendly. The parking lot was full but everybody was parked on the left hand side of the road where it says “no parking on this side” lol overall fun and easy hike.

Shayla Renee
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Hiking

parking was confusing but the hike isn't that bad. I love the waterfall ima come back when it's hotter.

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Laurel Otis
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Hiking

the trail was nicely maintained, quick and easy. lots of places for the kiddos (4yr & 3yr) to explore alokg the way. The river running the trail has some nice pull out to enjoy. The falls were accessible, nice area to play in the water and not deep this time of year. It was pretty busy (as to be expected) but mostly everyone masked up. I only gave this trail a 3☆ because of all the trash and litter. As an avid hiker this broke my heart, to see how people can be so carless with the outdoors and to spoil it with no reguard for others. A few left behind poop bags...it was better off unbagged, at least then it could decompose. Masks by the dozen, actual trash from lunch too. The toilets were gross, don't bother.

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Katie Cotterill
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HikingGreat!

Easy hike to do with littles. We took our kids, one in a hiking backpack and our 3yo walked. We started our hike at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday and the parking lot was probably half full. Heading down to the waterfall at the end has some slippery jagged rocks that can be a little tough to traverse. There was just a handful of families when we were at the waterfall. On the way back it was definitely much more crowded. About 65% of people were wearing masks. Parking lot was full when we got back. Definitely go early as we don’t think it would be as enjoyable with more people. Cool to walk right up to the waterfall.

Wendy Liao
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HikingGreat!

Very easy trail, great for family with children. Get there early and I mean reallllly early if you want to find parking in the lot. Otherwise be prepared to park on the side of the road. Waterfall at the end of the hike is beautiful!

Steven Iuliucci
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Hiking

A little crowded and the walk down to the falls was really wet

Taylor Beceiro
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HikingGreat!

Short & sweet!! Great for kids & beginners

Ben Bigler
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Hiking

Great quick hit near interstate.

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Alicia Howell
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Very well maintained, but heavily trafficked.

Michele Granera
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Restrooms were pretty gross with a sign saying it’s as nice as the person before you left it =\ Trail had litter all down it - bring a small bag to help leave it better than you found it! *Please bring your plastic bottles, chip wrappers, orange peels, and dog poop bags with you and discard at home Thanks!* Surprised to see some cabins along the way and would love to stay in one another time they were very charming. Few people around sunset - 2 groups did not mask, one of which wouldn’t even move off trail so we did. The rest were respectful Nice quick hike after a stressful week of work. Hiked back in the dark with headlamps. Will definitely have to come back out in the daylight! The waterfall is just breathtaking and powerful!

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Rachel Dalton
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HikingGreat!

had alot of fun with my kids. nice hike lots of people but well worth it.

Meli AAranda
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HikingBugsFee

Very busy but mask were worn and people is taking distance from each other... beautiful river views and a few small waterfalls all the way to the big one you can stop any time and refresh in the river if you go with little ones better to visit in week days don’t forget bug spray I went with a 2yo , 4yo and 2 teens ... all of them want to go back !!

Laura Clake
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HikingGreat!

Arrived around 10:00am on a Monday and the parking lot wasn’t full yet. (Definitely start this one on the earlier side, as the lot and surrounding area was packed with cars when we were done.) Such a pretty and very easy hike! The trail was amazingly kept, and the entire hike is beautiful with sites along the way. The falls were refreshing and is a great little spot to have a snack before you head back to your car. Definitely will do this one again before summer is over!

Kira Murillo
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HikingGreat!

This is a great family hike. To all those that have suddenly gotten into hiking because of COVID, same here! I applaud you all. That being said, this is one of those hikes that is doable for beginners and gives you a wonderful view! I suggest getting there early. We got there around 7am with only a couple other cars in the parking lot. Mind you, this was a Thursday morning. Overall, very fun and family friendly hike! The waterfall is beautiful. Getting down to the waterfall is the goal but that is also the part that is the most challenging. Rocks can be somewhat slippery so just be cautious with your steps. Bring poles if you need to. I've done this hike in the summer and in the winter, I'd recommend you do the same!

Kristen Kennedy
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Hiking

Great trail. We got there before 10 and didn’t run into many people. By 10 the parking along the road was full. Half the hikers don’t wear masks. There is so much trash around the trailhead, on the trail, and at spots on the exit road. It almost ruins the experience. Also one camera happy family took almost 10 minutes trying to snap a photo in front of the falls, so we had to wait. Dad also didn’t say ‘thanks for waiting’ or otherwise acknowledge people waiting to also take photos. It’s a popular hike for the right reasons but brings out those who don’t understand or care about hiking etiquette. Go in the fall. Or before 8 in the am.

Lucy Haakinson
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Hiking

Beautiful trail but w a y too many people. We came on a Wednesday just around 10am and it was packed. Only under half of the people had masks on to top it off. Great, quick hike. But save it until covid is more under control.

Debbie Johnson
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HikingGreat!

Love this trail, but always extremely crowded.

Jan Caraang
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Lyly Tan
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HikingGreat!

Great trail, nice and easy for family with little kids

Michele White
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Easy trail, quick hike. The falls and river are beautiful, except for all of the people with a lack of trail etiquette, smoking, walking around with loud speakers. It was loud and crowded and the trash that people left behind was also disappointing. Lots of places to walk on large boulders, Will try again but maybe when it gets colder and first thing in the morning! :))

Spencer Rawls
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The trail was short, boring, too close to the highway, and WAY too crowded, even if it weren't for the pandemic. Most of the people I saw weren't even wearing masks.

Dang Muehlhan
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Hiking

Went there today for a morning hike 8am. there were cars there parked from early hikers, so i was trying to estimate how crowded it will be. going towards the trail isn't so bad tbh, the falls was not being surrounded with people so we were able to take pictures, we didn't stay to hang since it was getting close to 11 so we leave for the way back..that's when people start to come, it was really cringey when people don't wear their masks, i would say 50/50 were wearing it. we end up not doing the whole trail on the way back because knowing the path is narrow. we decided to go on the paved road that shortcuts to the parking lot( Franklin falls parking lot) I'm just glad we came early and left asap. i wish we came much early than 8 though.

Susie Cummins
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Hiking

Well maintained trail through the trees. There were a LOT of people, but the falls were worth it.

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Jannelle Naval
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Hiking

Great hike!

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Carla E
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Great trail! We hiked this trail with our 14 month baby. It was easy and lots of shade. We went on a Wednesday afternoon, found parking easily, the trail wasn’t crowded at all, and on that day pretty much everyone we passed by had a mask on. Definitely a great experience overall.

Saydie Bear
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some of the steps were pretty big the trail is pretty narrow and not a lot of space to move off to the side for oncoming traffic waterfall was gorgeous, but the end near the waterfall is pretty rocky and narrow hard to grip when going down

Charmaine Tabije
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First time to hikes alone.. it was awesome!

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Angela Hernandez
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Fun little hike with a beautiful waterfall and river. lots of room at the waterfall to enjoy with lots of people. Unfortunately some peple dont understand "leave no trace".

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