Franklin Falls Trail 1036

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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 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

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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.

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7 days ago

Waist deep snowshoeing! It was hard work but awesome. Parked at Snoqualmie West and then snowshoed from there as far as we could until we were burnt out and cold. Totally worth it though bc it was a winter wonderland

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8 days ago

A lot of snow , the most beautiful waterfall .

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10 days ago

Decided to do the Franklin Falls hike today with my son since it was snowing. With the road into the trailhead closed now for the winter, this does make nearly a 8 mile round trip hike. The road in and trail are now very snowy, a lot of it over a foot deep. This is a very beautiful winter hike with a fairly easy walking in and out. A few hikers were trying their snowshoes which for beginners, this is a great area too.

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14 days ago

About a mile walk in the snow to the trailhead. The trail itself is covered in snow, some parts are muddy, others are icy, depending on tree coverage. Easy hike in to the falls, slightly slippery walking down the rocks to the base of the falls. I wore spikes and my boy friend wore hiking boots and we had no trouble at all. Absolutely beautiful, looks magical in the snow.

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15 days ago

Took the shortcut off national forest road straight onto Franklin Falls Trail. Absolutely gorgeous. Falls we’re not frozen at all today, though.

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16 days ago

Road was closed so we had to walk along the road to the trail, which is right next to the freeway so it’s a little loud. The falls were very crowded and you can still hear cars from it and there is an overpass in the background. It was very pretty but not worth a drive over 45 minutes for me.

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17 days ago

Beautiful winter hike. Road is closed for the winter but the hike down is easy with spikes.

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20 days ago

Loved this little winter wonderland hike! We managed to get into the trailhead parking despite the snow (we were in a 4WD but it was still a challenge!). I believe they closed the parking lot right after our visit. An easy hike, despite the snow & ice - we wore spikes for the whole trail which was a good move, it would’ve been treacherous in parts without them, especially descending the path to the falls which was caked in ice! Mostly flat, clear, well maintained trail through forest, with short inclines, & some lovely big cedars near the trailhead. Beautiful views along the trail of the South Fork Snoqualmie River which is littered with pretty cabins... Then the falls at the end, which was spectacular. You can walk close to the base of the falls for great photos - I90 skims the top! Great view back down the river too. I’m guessing lots of fun can be had in the river in summer! A straight in & out trail, easy in summer, a bit more challenging in snow & ice. Be prepared for trailhead parking to be closed in winter - it’ll add another 1.5miles to your hike from the nearest available parking. Bathrooms situated at the trailhead.

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21 days ago

Access to trailhead is closed via forest road. We parked near Alpental lodge and hiked down and in. We found a shortcut at the bottom of the switchbacks which is almost a direct access point to the falls, or at least onto falls trail. The drive in/out was compact snow and ice. no chains required today but proceed with caution. Parking is limited to street parking and whatever is available in the ski area. The hike was good. Everybody was in a good mood with most asking about photos. The entire hike was compacted snow with the last 50 yards being downhill and solid ice (closest to the falls). Prepare for icy conditions and do not wear athletic sneakers, wear ice cleats or something appropriate. The temperature was 28 farenheit upon arrival at about 1330 and departure was 35 farenheit at about 1500. Total hike was about 3.4 miles round trip from parking spot using the shortcut both in/out. Dressing in layers suggested for people and furry friends (don't forget to check paws). We did not use hiking poles but used ice cleats like yak trax.

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22 days ago

The National Forest road (NF-58) is closed so you’ll have to park at the road closure where it connects to the main road. The hike down so the top of the Franklin Falls trail is about 1.3 miles. There will be an intersection of the Franklin Falls trail and Wagon Road trail where you’ll be able to short cut directly to the falls. Packed snow the whole way. When the falls are within sight, it becomes a descend on basically a sheet of ice. Most people slid down on their butts, but some crampons makes life a little easier.

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22 days ago

Really nice Saturday morning hike! We parked at The Summit, then walked to the closed off road that leads to the Falls. Down that road (maybe 1.25-1.5 miles max) you hit a big U-Bend in the road. Then, as you come around the next bend and the road levels out with the woods, there’s a little trail off to the right. That leads to the end of the Franklin Falls Trail (maybe 3 minutes to Falls). It was started to freeze but not frozen, the path down to the Falls is icy but doable. All in all, it was only about 2.75-3 miles RT from the car. The road itself is gorgeous with views on snowy woods. And cars have passed so the snow is well packed to walk on. Easy, beautiful hike. Started to get busy as we finished, around 10:45AM. Saw a few dogs and had ours with us. Then grabbed a hot chocolate at The Summit before heading home.

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23 days ago

We took took Exit 47 and parked at the junction of NF-5800 and NF-9034 since NF-5800 is closed for winter. With the road closed, it adds an additional 2.7 miles each way. I clocked 8 miles RT: 5.4 miles of forest road and 2.6 on Franklin Falls Trail itself. Microspikes were extremely helpful and necessary on the Franklin Falls Trail. There were several steps that were icy and slippery, especially the last set of steps leading down to the falls. Be cautious of the large icicles on the rock wall when coming down those last steps as you might need to grip the wall for stability because of ice.

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25 days ago

Quick and easy winter hike with pretty views and close by Seattle. Did the hike without spikes but had good hiking boots, it was slippery on some parts but totally doable. Brought our pup with us, lots of other dogs on the trail! She loved it.

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28 days ago

Hiked today 12/22 the road is closed so you have to hike down the snow covered road and you can cut through the woods on the right. We walked down to the red cabin too so we did a total of 5 miles.

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29 days ago

Would not recommend the Wagon trail, as the main trail is much easier to follow. The road was plowed while we were there and is easy going. The trail is slushy but didn't need spikes. The water level was too high to go to the bottom. The falls were very impressive.

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1 month ago

The road to the trail is closed but it was only about a mile up so we got out and walked the rest of the way. Lots of ice and probably could have benefited from spikes and poles but still do able with lots of caution. Was about 30F but being bundled it was fantastic. What a beautiful winter hike this is. The falls were absolutely stunning as well. Only a few others on the trail besides us 3. Ended up taking the wagon trail road down most of the time and seemed to be a safer option as less ice and more compact snow but it was also slightly difficult to make sure we were on the trail.

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1 month ago

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