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Franklin Falls Trail 1036

EASY 724 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
4 hours ago

Super easy hike. Great for out of town visitors as its less strenuous that Rattlesnake Ridge. Go during Fall to see the autumn colors!

hiking
10 hours ago

We arrived around 8am on a Sunday on a day that was forecast to be 85 degrees. The parking lot was half full and we had no issues with parking. We met 3 other groups on the trail, all on their way back. When we arrived at the falls there was one other family enjoying the falls and another couple off to the side. The conditions for viewing and photographing the falls were perfect! We spent about a half hour there and had 2 more couples arrive during that time. We all were able to enjoy the falls without feeling as if we were intruding on each other. The conditions were perfect. We headed back around 9:00 and encountered several parties heading toward the falls. It was a constant stream of activity. If you’d like quiet time and time to enjoy the falls, go early and arrive by 8:00. You’ll be able to enjoy them without all of the crowds.

hiking
16 hours ago

Wonderful weather added to our morning hike. The pay off was well worth the effort!

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing hike! Easy with kids and the views are incredible views! Definitely will hike it again

hiking
2 days ago

Easy hike for the kids and our little pooch. Even with slight rain showers the entire way, the trail didn’t get muddy at all. The rocks were a little slick from the waterfall and/or rain but nothing I would consider “dangerous” for our little ones. The waterfall was well worth the effort. Well maintained for such a heavily used trail. Upon returning to our vehicle, there was a police officer looking at a vehicle a couple spots down from us that had been broken into while we were on the trail. We were parked in the upper lot in the mid-afternoon on a Tuesday.

hiking
7 days ago

Spectacular waterfall after a pleasant hike.

hiking
15 days ago

Super easy and great for kids! We went at noon and it was highly trafficked and a little tough to find parking. Does not accept the Discovery pass parking. The water fall is at the end of the trail and very worth it to see! Smooth path, some steps, along side the river for most of it.

hiking
15 days ago

This was a quick and easy, kid friendly hike. It took me and my niece about 30 minutes each way. The rocks getting down to the falls are a little slippery and narrow.

hiking
muddy
16 days ago

We’ve hiked Franklin falls 3x and it has become a family favorite. The trail is well maintained and the views of the river and waterfall are amazing. The pathway can get slippery down to the falls.

hiking
16 days ago

Kid friendly hike! We took our 4.5 year old, 3 year old (who both walked the whole time) and a baby in a carrier. Everyone did great! You’ll definitely want enough adults to hold hands with little kids on that last little bit down to the waterfall because it’s narrow and slippery. Started the hike at 1 pm. Made it to the waterfall by 1:40, had snacks at the top and then back to the car by 2:30. It was a little crowded but not too bad. Comfortable temperature and shaded trail.

hiking
18 days ago

Not a tough hike. This is a splendid waterfall though.

hiking
18 days ago

Kid friendly and easy. The falls are beautiful

hiking
19 days ago

This is a great little hike, especially with young kids. However, it is very crowded.

hiking
21 days ago

Ton of people parking blows getting down to falls is alittle bit of a adventure because it’s narrow slick and people are trying to come up as you are trying to come down.

hiking
muddy
22 days ago

Really good to get kids used to hiking! Our almost 5 year old stuck it out the whole way. Easy trail, but the very last part to get down to the falls can be tricky and slippery, so still wear sturdy shoes.

hiking
22 days ago

Mostly dry with some muddy spots that are easy to walk around. Tons of people. Hard to find parking close to the trailhead. If you need a short, easy hike that’s good for small children, this is great. Otherwise, there are many better choices in the area with far fewer people.

hiking
muddy
24 days ago

The hike was perfect since we did 11 mile hike 2 days ago. Nice and easy and beautiful. Make sure to bring $5 since this trail doesn’t accept discover pass.

hiking
25 days ago

Great first hike to start off with! ⛰⛰

hiking
27 days ago

loved it. I went with my 2 year old and my 7 year old. I do recommend to always have a carrier just in case your little one gets tired.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful trail. Well maintained.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful trail. Well maintained.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful trail. Well maintained.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful trail. Well maintained.

hiking
29 days ago

This one was pretty breathtaking! I loved it! So many great stops along the way! Would def do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with easy hiking. Good for any age. The end water fall is beautiful. Definitely worth doing.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with easy hiking. Good for any age. The end water fall is beautiful. Definitely worth doing.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with easy hiking. Good for any age. The end water fall is beautiful. Definitely worth doing.

hiking
1 month ago

Very short and very easy. Not good if you’re looking to get some exercise it’s pretty flat but great to do with kids or for someone less experienced. Lots of dogs and people on a Monday around 11 am. Well maintained trail and parking lot, bathrooms near trailhead.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

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