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Twin Falls run year-round for one very good reason: the area around North Bend receives more than 90 inches of rain each year. Seattle--just 35 miles west--gets half that much. The South Fork Snoqualmie River takes that massive amount of rainfall and puts it to use entertaining hikers. The river squeezes into a narrow rocky gorge before tumbling over a very impressive stairstep falls. Then, when the water has been churned into a frothy torrent, it plunges over a 150-foot rock wall, creating the stunning cascade of the Lower Twin Falls.

The first 0.7 mile of the trail pass through moss-laden forest along the shores of the South Fork Snoqualmie River. This flat mile provides kids plenty of opportunity to explore massive old nurse logs (fallen trees that act as nurseries for newly sprouted trees) and other interesting forest formations. Given the bounty of rain, and the lush forest growth, this area feels almost like an Olympic Peninsula rain forest--just without the massive cedars and hemlocks.

After this long, flat run the trail climbs gently up a series of long switchbacks. About 1 mile out, you'll find a short spur trail on the right--this leads to a fantastic overlook of the lower falls, the mighty 150-foot cascade. Back on the main trail, you'll continue to climb another 0.5 mile or so to a bridge that takes you over the river gorge, directly between two of the stairstep falls.
Driving Directions:

From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 34. Turn south on 468th Avenue SE and proceed about 0.5 mile. Immediately before the South Fork Snoqualmie River bridge, turn left (east) on SE 159th Street and drive 0.5 mile to the trailhead parking lot at the road's end.

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Twin Falls — Apr 13, 2014 — youngblood
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Trail still closed .75 of a mile up. Does anyone know when it will reopen? Such a beautiful trail! H...
Trail still closed .75 of a mile up. Does anyone know when it will reopen? Such a beautiful trail! Hanging out by the rive for lunch.
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Twin Falls — Mar 30, 2014 — Maddy
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A land slide has closed the main trail less than a mile from the trailhead. The slide area is easy ...
A land slide has closed the main trail less than a mile from the trailhead. The slide area is easy to traverse but there might be a fine if you got caught? The moss is looking Hoh-like this year due to the record rainfall we've had. The falls are looking very nice now. Much easier to photograph now than it was when it was in flood state a few weeks ago(too much spray).
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Twin Falls, Iron Horse Trail: Washington Creek — Mar 30, 2014 — Spaceboy
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Mud/Rockslide
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We tried to combine Twin Falls with the Iron Horse Trail today. The Twin Falls trail is "closed" be...
We tried to combine Twin Falls with the Iron Horse Trail today. The Twin Falls trail is "closed" because of a landslide, from the Twin Falls trailhead. We drove to the Homestead Valley Trailhead just off exit 38 and started there. Short trip down to the Falls, trail in great shape. The landslide put out some railing on the lower falls observation deck. The hillside probably isn't stable with all the rain lately, but people were going down there anyway (as well as hiking through from the TF trailhead).

We hiked back up to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, which is the old railroad grade, to try and see the trestles, but we stopped at the one over Boetzke Creek. There was a really good waterfall there. Headed back under a sunny sky. 3 hours slow walking.

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Twin Falls — Mar 30, 2014 — Harris
Day hike
Issues: Water on trail
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This trail is still closed due to a landslide but the first 0.75 mile before the view point is very ...
This trail is still closed due to a landslide but the first 0.75 mile before the view point is very enjoyable with my 6 / 11 year old kids.

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Twin Falls — Mar 23, 2014 — staceyinseattle
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This trial is closed - see first photo. Went around the barrier - trail was fairly safe. ...
This trial is closed - see first photo. Went around the barrier - trail was fairly safe.
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Photo of Twin Falls by Dr J.D. Hascup.
Location
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Olallie State Park
Statistics
Roundtrip 3.0 miles
Elevation Gain 500 ft
Highest Point 1000 ft
Features
Rivers
Waterfalls
Old growth
User info
Good for kids
Discover Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)
Green Trails Rattlesnake Mountain/Upper Snoqualmie Valley No. 205S

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