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snowshoeing
1 day ago

Took this hike with my 4 and 7-year-old as their first snowshoe hike. They loved it! We didn’t really need snowshoes when we went (mid-December) as the trail was packed down good but they still loved it. The trail is even better on a clear day. The fog ceiling was very low and we couldn’t see much, at the end of the hike we made it back to the frontside of the pond and the fog had lifted. We loved this hike!

Super easy fun filled snow walk for such a beautiful mostly frozen falls.

Fun and easy hike! Walked it in January with snow on the ground. The trail was easily navigable, but very slippery. The falls at the end make for a great ending.

Just beautiful!! Perfect sunny day for a short hike. Microspikes are recommended on this hike as 2/3 is icy and snowy.

snowshoeing
4 days ago

Watch for the fork before you break into the clearing. Easy to miss the switch back. Trail non existent and covered by feet of snow. Turned back before reaching the lake.

Great hike

Good easy hike! Mostly just slushy along the trail but we did it without micro spikes even though we brought them in case. Great for dogs as well, we brought our two GSD’s and they had no issues. We parked off exit 47 and it ended up being a total of close to 7 miles. Highly recommend!

snowshoeing
9 days ago

Went up to the lake yesterday and there was weather that came in for most the day, decreasing visibility. The trail was well marked until the fork and from there you may see a couple different paths people have decided to take. Keeping your GPS on the trail is helpful in order to keep on track. My friend and I scrambled up the side of a ridge and met back up at the trail, making it to the lake. We hadn't seen the switch back trail on the way up; we did find it on the way down. There are some sketchy areas and an ice pick and micro spikes were life savers.
Definitely a hike you'll want to take your time doing, bring the right gear, and give yourself 5-5 1/2 hours to finish.

Beautiful, nice, easy hike. Great scenery!!!

snowshoeing
10 days ago

Trail was non existent after the fork. We turned back but was still a lot of fun.

Nice hike but very difficult at the end with snowshoes. A lot steeper than expected, but looking forward to seeing it in summer. Weather wasn’t great for us, but a good challenging hike nonetheless. We parked in the summit west lot to get to the trail. Glissaded down the steep part at the top - I’d say it’s too steep to even safely walk down unless you’re walking backwards.

Definitely over 6 miles. More like 7.5 round trip.

Beautiful hike! My friend and I hiked it on Christmas weekend (2017) - although we did not due the full length of it due to the road closure. I highly recommend crampons/snow cleats for the steep icy bit near the falls.

Short hike, easy but the view at the end is awesome. It’s worth doing once but go early to avoid crowds.

Good place to spend the day off. A little walking here, chill out over there. Picknic area is cool, take something to cook with ya!

New Year’s Day was insanely busy, there was a line to get to the falls! But still a beautiful hike. HIGHLY recommend snow cleats ☺️

January 1st, 2018
1st hike of 50 for the year!
Franklin Falls in the Snow
Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

We had a great time on this hike! We drove just over an hour and started hiking around noon. I actually learned to ski on my shoes right at the start, as I encountered a hill full of ice. Patrick followed behind me sliding on his behind! I could tell this was going to be an adventurous excursion! We hiked for about a mile and a half, taking photos along the way, trekking in the snow. We came to another slide opportunity where we both took our turns successfully. After 2 miles, we made it to the falls. The trail down to the falls was incredibly icy, so guess what we did - slid on our bottoms again, nearly taking people out below us. It was slick! We had a great time navigating the terrain. People were so nice and wanted to help. We also encountered some lovely cuddle time from strangers as we fell on top of one another as the slid down. We made friends quickly, in ways we didn’t expect! We felt like we were being frisked by the police - I’ll let your minds wander. We finally made it to the bottom with the use of a rope tied to the side of the rock where the ground was a sheet of ice. There was no sliding down this section since the cliff was super close to the trail. We took a bunch of photos by the falls. Patrick even got really close and laid by them and didn’t get too wet with his winter coat and snow pants on. Climbing up the trail from the falls was rather interesting! We were slipping and sliding on top of one another again - meeting new strangers this time! It was comical and fun, with a lot of laughter. I was crawling on my hands and knees and still sliding back down. I really wish I had clamps for my shoes to adhere to the ice. We finally reached the top and did some more sledding down small hills in the trail. Our snow pants were the sled. Our clothes underneath remained dry. It was a ton of fun! See the videos and pictures attached!

Hike Review:

Miles: 4.5

Elevation Gain: 48 Fitbit Floors (480 feet).

Difficulty: 2 out of 10 (except for slick terrain without snowshoes or grippers).

Beauty: Gorgeous & Snowy.

Wow factor: The falls & mountains.

Sights: Snow in the winter, Mountains, Creeks, Waterfalls, Rock Climbing (not according to experts), Rocks & Lots of people to navigate thru.

Trail Conditions: Packed snow covered ground that is slippery in places; Narrow trails thru snow; Rope you can use to climb down to the falls.

Things you may need: Heavy coat, Snow Pants, Snow gloves, Hat to cover ears, Hiking boots & Traction spikes that attach to shoes or snowshoes (not absolutely necessary, but recommended in parts).

Access: The road to the main trail head was closed, so we drove to exit 52 off I-90 and took a left back under the freeway. Then we parked on the side of the road with other cars and walked back towards the freeway where we could access NFD Road 58. We used googlemaps to find the specific location of the man made trail head.

Passes: Since this isn’t actually a trail head, the NW Forrest Pass is not required. Once the trailhead opens again, this pass is required and you will be ticketed if you don’t have one on your vehicle. They can easily be purchased at REI for $30 for the year.

Gorgeous hike! Not a hard trail at all. Very icy on the road and trail. Wasn’t too busy in the morning. Somewhat windy, and also pretty chilly. Dress warm!

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked this yesterday. Snow was perfect. No need for snowshoes.

Frozen waterfall in winter is a sight worth beholding. It does increase the hike from 2mile to 7.5mile in all due to closures.

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