Snoqualmie Falls Trail
Snoqualmie Falls Trail takes you along an easy 2.3 km route to see one of the most iconic waterfalls in Washington. This hike is family-friendly and very suitable for beginners, but it’s a worthwhile stop for any hiker in the area. Learn about the region’s ecosystem and Native American culture as you walk, then snap photos from the perfectly placed falls viewpoints. You can walk to each viewpoint for the full experience or keep it as easy as possible by just visiting the two viewpoints close to the parking area.
Dogs are allowed on this hike but must be kept on leash. This area gets quite busy on the weekends, so we recommend visiting early in the morning or during the week for the least crowded experience.
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Route Description for Snoqualmie Falls Trail
Snoqualmie Falls are one of the most visited falls in the state, seeing over 1.5 million visitors per year. The ease of access this trail offers makes viewing the falls an enjoyable trip with no major challenges to navigate. Snoqualmie Falls Trail is an interpretive walk with signs posted along the trail teaching visitors about the unique ecosystem of the area, the wildlife and plant life that call it home, and the local Native American culture. To abbreviate the significance of the falls, the Snoqualmie Tribe has long considered them to be the place of origin of all humanity. Since 1898, the falls have also produced electricity by way of a hydroelectric plant. And, of course, fans of Twin Peaks will recognize the falls from the credits of the series.
This hike is suitable for beginners and children and dogs are allowed as long as they are kept on a leash. Remember, it is never safe to attempt to climb over or under the rails and barriers in place on this trail. They are there for your protection, and the rocks on the other side are usually very slick.
Begin from the path next to the gift shop, heading down to the viewpoint on your left. On the way, you’ll pass a kiosk and a map. You’ll see the gravel path across the road from the kiosk. The trail descends, and as you go, you can check out the interpretive signage.
Hikers with mobility challenges should consider that they’ll need to ascend this short but somewhat steep section later. If it’s too steep, you can stay at the upper viewpoint.
At the foot of the hill, you’ll pass the lower parking area and walk along a boardwalk with the river next to you. Down here is a wonderful viewpoint where the river drops off, providing a wide misty shower. More interpretive signs here detail the cultural significance of the falls.
Head back up the hill that brought you down. Make one more stop at the upper viewpoints if you wish before heading off to your next adventure.
Snoqualmie Falls is one of the top attractions in Washington State. Several thousand years ago, Native American tribes began to use this area as a meeting and trading place. It was dubbed Snoqualmie (English pronunciation) after a Salish word meaning moon. It’s a highly spiritual place that inspired many legends. The Native Americans here became known as the people of the moon. Now, the 82 m waterfall serves as an icon of the Snoqualmie region and Washington as a whole.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to go to Snoqualmie Falls?
There is a $5 fee for parking. This fee is subject to change. There is no direct fee to access the falls aside from the parking charge.
How long does it take to visit Snoqualmie Falls?
You could see the falls and walk the trail in about 30 minutes, but most visitors prefer to take their time while visiting.
When is Snoqualmie Falls open?
The falls are open from sunrise to sunset.
Insider Hints for Snoqualmie Falls Trail
- There is no fee or permit required for this hike besides the parking charge.
- Head into Snoqualmie after your hike to check out the cafes, shops, and historical sites.
- Arrive before 9am for the least crowded experience.
Getting to the Snoqualmie Falls Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for Snoqualmie Falls Trail is off the parking access road near the Falls Gift Shop.
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