Snoqualmie Falls Trail

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Snoqualmie Falls Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
334 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

snow

From Seattle, E on I-90 for 25 miles to exit 25 toward Snoqualmie City. Turn LEFT (at the bottom of the ramp) onto Highway 18/SE SNOQUALMIE PKWY. Drive 4 miles and Turn LEFT onto RAILROAD AVE SE / WA-202. Drive 0.5 mile to one of the parking lots on both sides of the road.

6 days ago

Massive waterfall, excellent views from several lookout points. Rest on rocks at base of falls trail on the river’s edge. Steep incline trek to the top. Saw all ages and skill type hiking. Dogs welcome, but be sure to bring them plenty of water! Clean restrooms located at both trailheads. Very busy, but people were courteous in sharing viewpoint spaces.

hiking
8 days ago

The falls are spectacular. We parked across the street and walked across the bridge to view the falls from the top. It’s pretty crowded but this is a wonder of nature that you must see. We hiked to the bottom and the view is so much better. There are two flat level sections on the hike as the trail crosses the power lines. But the rest of the trail is very steep. I recommend doing it in reverse. Park at the lower section and hike up to see the upper view while your legs are still fresh. Then hike to the lower level and spend the rest of your time on the river. Pack a lunch and eat it by the river! Don’t miss the separate lower section to view the falls on the boardwalk too. We did not visit the visitor center.

15 days ago

Beautiful view a must see the trail was great to do.

15 days ago

It was an easy hike to see the falls.

16 days ago

Absolutely beautiful trail! You see the best views at the top but it’s also a nice hike down to the bottom. Pretty steep coming back up but totally manageable! Only takes about 10 minutes! Get there early or it will be very crowded!!

nature trips
18 days ago

Wonderful views of the waterfall, wish we could get closer at the bottom. Went on a Friday, still busy, but got plenty of open area for good views. Our kids 7,4 complained about the hike back up.

21 days ago

Don’t try to go on a sunny day. You’ll have to fight to the death for a parking spot.

23 days ago

Beautiful, majestic, powerful and breathtaking are just a few words that come to mind when I first viewed this waterfall. The trail is fairly easy trail, I recommend doing it in reverse though. Drive down to the bottom and walk up to the top. It will be a way easier walk back to the car because it will be downhill. This is the number one waterfall I take all my family to when they come out to visit. If you want to skip the hike then park at the top and walk across the bridge; you can view the falls that way too. The bottom view is so much better and you can sit along the rocks down stream; yes it sucks we can’t get closer but it’s for our safely, for sure.

1 month ago

Way too many tourists. Way too crowded. can't get close enough to the falls. Not worth the time or effort.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful falls; a better view at the upper falls than the lower viewing point. Plant types are marked along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Was super crowded when I went but still an awesome view!

walking
1 month ago

Upper views are awesome but if you go down the trail and the gate is open then the view is even better.

1 month ago

Thus place is beautiful year round, but if you can make it during spring runoff you'll be treated with a wonderful sight.

2 months ago

Good little hike, very short. The viewing area is good for strollers, but DO NOT try to walk the trail with one! It was painful watching people try to do that through the dirt and gravel. Went on the weekend and it was insanely crowded. Took us about 20 minutes to even find a parking lot. The trail down and back was busy, but not overbearing, unfortunately most people were there just to park and cross a bridge to see the falls, so we barely got a glimpse of the water at the bottom because there were too many people.

2 months ago

beautiful & easy trail

hiking
2 months ago

I definitely recommend using the lower lot on Fish Hatchery Rd. It is free, there are always spots and you can easily reach the trails for the falls. The path to the upper falls are up hill with a fairly steep grade but much better to do it on the way up to see the top rather than head down and then make the trek back up to your car. It is fairly busy and the trail has plenty of people. My dog loved meeting all the people and other dogs too.

2 months ago

Quick stop on the way to Seattle.

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Not too long. Something you could do with younger kids. A little steep at parts

scenic driving
3 months ago

I did not go down to the falls but the view up top was breathtaking. This is one of the most beautiful falls I’ve seen.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail and views! Love this waterfall just 40 minutes outside of Seattle!!

5 months ago

Amazing sight, I went around 7 and pretty much had the park to myself.

6 months ago

The falls were beautiful!! Wasn’t able to hike the trail. Rainey day with a 3 year old in tow.

walking
7 months ago

The main Trail was closed down but the views from the main area was great! Wish the Trail was open though.

hiking
8 months ago

If you can only go on the weekends but you don’t want the heavy foot traffic, go early, and go when it snows! We took the short trail to the lower boardwalk today in the rain/slush, and the lower section was pretty secluded. Also worth checking out: the river access (just read and obey the posted signs). The trail features lots of nature and historic information on posts—pretty interesting! The falls are beautiful, but I gave it three stars because of the commercialized feel.

hiking
8 months ago

Closer to moderate, IMO - the way back up is all incline, some parts can be a bit slippery when wet. Can be very crowded but still really breathtaking. It wasn't too bad on the weekdays, was a madhouse when we went on a weekend (Niagara falls level of busy)

hiking
8 months ago

Great but very overcrowded, for good reason though.

8 months ago

Main reason for not liking this hike to much is because it’s overly crowded by tourists. During summer, parking is difficult to find. There is not much shade provided by trees. Can catch good views of the waterfall from overlooks. Dog-friendly.

hiking
9 months ago

Short and nice hike. Kids friendly too.

hiking
9 months ago

Very beautiful and easy hike.

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