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Franklin Falls - Winter

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass
47.3968, -121.4796 Map & Directions
Length
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
700 feet
Highest Point
2600 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
A creek along the way to Franklin Falls. Photo by LuBlair. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
  • Waterfalls

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

This popular summer trail off I-90 changes quite a bit during the winter months. The road accessing the summer trailhead is closed to vehicles, adding several miles to the route, and there is considerable avalanche danger at the falls. Continue reading

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Hiking Franklin Falls - Winter

This popular summer trail off I-90 changes quite a bit during the winter months. The road accessing the summer trailhead is closed to vehicles, adding several miles to the route, and there is considerable avalanche danger at the falls. 

If you choose to visit the falls during the snowy months be prepared by knowing the latest avalanche conditions, and always use caution if you choose to enter the waterfall basin, which sits at the bottom of a steep avalanche chute. 

To access the falls during the winter you will need to start from the Asahel Curtis Sno-Park just off exit 47 (Sno-Park Pass required) and walk about 2.75 miles in along the road to reach the Franklin Falls Trailhead, and then continue on the trail from there.

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Franklin Falls - Winter

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3968, -121.4796 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Avalanche Danger: This trail ends at the bottom of an avalanche chute.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

The parking area for this trail is at the Asahel Curtis Sno-ParkFrom I-90, west of Snoqualmie Pass, take exit 47, then turn north at the end of the off-ramp and head a few hundred feet to a T intersection. Turn right here to find the beginning of the Sno-Park. Park along the edge of the road. A Sno-Park is required to park here during the winter.

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Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

Franklin Falls (#1036)

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District

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Franklin Falls - Winter

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