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New Plans For Denny Creek And Franklin Falls Trails

Posted by Jonathan Guzzo at Jun 12, 2012 12:05 PM |

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is planning changes to two of the most popular trails in this corridor - Franklin Falls and Denny Creek - with expanded parking and improved trail amenities.

It's a sure bet that no area in the state sees as many hikers as the Snoqualmie Pass corridor does. Once past North Bend, every I-90 exit leads to a proliferation of trailheads. It's easy to find a hike here, and if you're from the Seattle area, you'll be close to home. The downside is that you'll almost never be alone on these trails, and it can be very difficult to find a parking place at the trailhead on weekends.

Now the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is planning some changes to two of the most popular trails in this corridor - Franklin Falls and Denny Creek.

The proposal includes expanded parking, relocating sections of the Franklin Falls trail out of the floodplain to keep it from washing out, developing some new trails and gating sections of unused road. On top of that, they'll likely develop some new signage and add a handrail on the slippery rock approach to Franklin Falls. If you've been to these trails, off exit 52, you know they are heavily used and could stand some significant upgrades. This is a very welcome project.

If you'd like to find out more for yourself, the Snoqualmie Ranger District is holding a public meeting on the proposal on June 20 from 5:30 - 7:15pm at the Douglass Truth Library, 2300 Yesler Way, Seattle. We'll be there, and hope to see you!

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