Franklin Falls Trail
Franklin Falls Trail is a 3.2 km heavily trafficked out and back trail in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest that features a waterfall. This is an easy trail suitable for families with children and it is accessible in most seasons. The waterfall is beautiful and refreshing to enjoy on a hot day, and many families and beginner hikers will find this trail enjoyable and simple. Note that the road to the trailhead can be closed during winter, so we recommend checking on its status before coming in the off-season.
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Route Description for Franklin Falls Trail
Waterfall hikes are some of the best to enjoy in Washington, and Franklin Falls Trail is hugely popular with locals and visitors to the area alike. This simple, quick trail is a joy for families and hikers of all levels. With no difficult or technical sections and only modest elevation gain, little ones and beginners are especially likely to enjoy this trail. It does get busy in peak hours, so try coming early in the morning or later in the afternoon to enjoy a less busy trail. This is also a great option for a quick trip if you’re staying at Denny Creek Campground.
Keep in mind that while this trail is often accessible all year long, the road to the trailhead is subject to closure in winter weather. We recommend checking on the status of the road if you’re planning a winter trip.
The Franklin Falls Trail begins from the north end of Denny Creek Campground at the signed trail. The path follows the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, climbing gently through the forest. Note that this trail is on hiker’s right of the river; if you’re on the left of the river, you may have accidentally taken Denny Creek Trail.
Hike up through the cool, shaded forest on a well-maintained trail. A few spur trails branch off to the right, but you’ll want to continue straight on along the obvious path. Getting down near the falls is the most difficult part of this trail, but it’s nothing major and should be easy enough to navigate with some basic caution.
Enjoy the rushing falls and the cool mist. Keep an eye on little ones around the falls, as the rocks can become slippery in the mist. Once you’re ready to head back, simply turn around and retrace your steps back to the campground.
Hiking Route Highlights
Franklin Falls is a waterfall on the south fork of the Snoqualmie River. They fall for 41m over 3 drops, the upper two of which are beyond the freeway. The first drop is a beautiful 4.6m block-shaped fall. The second one is a 7.6m fanning cascade. The final drop begins as a 25-foot slide that plunges over the final 21m drop seen from the base of the falls.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need a pass for Franklin Falls?
Yes. don’t forget your NW Forest Pass to hike this trail!
Does Franklin Falls freeze?
Yes, the falls can freeze in the wintertime, creating a beautiful icy scene. We recommend being careful around the falls in the winter as the ice may be soft and the pool around the falls not completely frozen through.
Is Franklin Falls Trail kid-friendly?
Yes, this is a family and kid-friendly hike.
Insider Hints for Franklin Falls Trail
- Don’t forget your Northwest Forest Pass!
- Book a night at the nearby campground to add this hike to an overnight adventure.
- Try to hike this trail in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds.
Getting to the Franklin Falls Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for the Franklin Falls Trail is located just north of the Denny Creek Campground on National Forest Development Road 58.
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