Snoqualmie Falls Trail

MODERATE 498 reviews
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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 rated as moderate. 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.

2 days ago

Busy path that was paved and pretty structured, but leads to gorgeous falls.

3 days ago

Loved the informational plaques. The Falls were gorgeous! The trail was heavily trafficked and there were many signs of rule breakers along the sides of the lower river bed.

hiking
13 days ago

It was a nice hike but harder than expected. My friend who is new to hiking “suffered” quite a bit. Nice view at the end. All in all good, but would not do the same hike again.

hiking
15 days ago

Steep, but not prohibitively strenuous. There's a bunch of rocks at the bottom you can walk on near the bottom of the falls. Well worth the couple of hours spent here.

hiking
19 days ago

Easy out and back. Great views of the river and from below the falls.

hiking
25 days ago

Nice little hike taken many times over the years! It is steep going down and coming back up with loose rocks! Proper footwear and water needed. There is a second parking area at the bottom if you are not up to the hike and a wonderful view from the top parking lot that is ADA/Stroller accessible!

hiking
26 days ago

I am not sure why this trail is rated easy. it is not. it is straight down, steep. not safe for strollers or people with any bone or muscle troubles. there are 2 places on this entire trail that is flat. it is a steep decline and, turning right back around a steep incline. not safe for people wearing sandals either. 100% gravel and mud. several places to stop to sit. take a break. take water!

walking
29 days ago

Nice day to see the waterfalls! Beautiful...smoke cleared up. Upper section good for grandparents. Lower section with the best view is good for small children. Steep in some areas. Recommend coming early if you want to beat the crowds and the traffic.

hiking
1 month ago

Got in early and it wasn't too crowded for a Saturday. Gorgeous falls with good chances for nice photos. Friendly hikers. Easy trail down, not too tough back up but I did sweat.

hiking
1 month ago

If you want to hop off your tour bus and see some easy waterfalls then you will enjoy. if you want to hike to the bottom of the falls and escape the tour buses then you will not enjoy. The hike to the bottom is just a viewing platform, you are not able to get very close to the water unfortunately.

Lots of parking and people.

1 month ago

Amazingly not much crowd at 5 pm today ... wonderful trail !!

1 month ago

The falls are beautiful.

But this used to be a place you could sit by the water at the end of the trail and have a picnic. now they have it all caged off.

1 month ago

This was lovely. The views were amazing. Fun to do with the kids. Would do it again!!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is fine but can be steep.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a very nice but there were no signs or warnings of the difficulty of hike. The way down was fine but the incline coming back up was horrible. If you’re not in shape or don’t have water with you I wouldn’t hike down. You can see the waterfall without doing the hike down.

walking
1 month ago

Easy to navigate trail, extremely crowded on the weekends so if you’re not up to that then I suggest going on a weekday. The trail down to the water isn’t bad, but going back up may elevate your heart rate a bit! The water is beautiful and my boyfriend went swimming in there. Lots of people brought rafts or tubes.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail to beautiful waterfalls. We did the bottom trail only and it was easy. We spent time walking across some rocks in the river as well.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and quick! Bring water shoes so you can comfortably walk in the river.

1 month ago

Easy trail, though steep in spots. Well maintained, smooth trail. Split to explore river - can wade and climb on rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

The trails was clean and well maintained and the hike to and from was good for all ages. The trails were clearly marked and access to the river was very easy. You can also drive all the way down to the river access for those that did not want to hike. The view of the waterfall was astonishing.

hiking
1 month ago

Great, easy hike with an awesome view of the falls from below. If you don’t feel like hiking the view is just as great (if not better) from the viewpoints at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall and the river is really nice to hang out by after hiking. If you have a baby I definitely recommend baby carrying, the trail is too rocky and steep for a stroller. The hills walking back are steep and a little difficult but it’s a great walk.

2 months 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
2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

It was an easy hike to see the falls.

2 months 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
2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

3 months 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.

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