Franklin Falls #1036
Aug 11, 2007
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Franklin Falls
- Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
- Agency: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District
- Trails: Franklin Falls (#1036)
- Avg Rating: 4.16
This is a great hike to do with young children - short (2 miles round-trip), gentle grade, and a nice pay-out at the end. Our not quite two year old almost made it to the falls before asking for the backpack.
The trail is sandwiched between the two directions of I-90 on the west side of Snoqualmie Pass, though we only heard and saw the freeway intermittently. Unfortunately, you do see the towering westbound span at Franklin Falls.
The trail is almost 100% families with young children, so a few words of warning. The last few yards to the gravel bar below the falls is slick rock - I can only imagine how slippery it would be when wet. Most children will need assistance here. Also, bring long sleeves and even pants if you want to linger at the falls. The spray is quite cool, and the sun doesn't reach the falls until quite late in the day. We left at 11am, and it was still nowhere near. Visitors wearing shorts and t-shirts appeared very cold.