Washington Nature, Waterfalls August 23, 2018
Your Kids Will Love This Easy 2-Mile Waterfall Hike Right Here In Washington
We’ve got a lot of fantastic hiking trails in Washington, but there’s something special about a hike that ends in front of a beautiful waterfall. The Franklin Falls Trail in the Snoqualmie area is not only gorgeous, but it also happens to be an easy, kid-friendly trek.
To reach the trail, take Exit 47 from I-90 and turn right at the stop sign onto Forest Road 58.
Drive 0.2 more miles, then take a left. Drive straight for about 3 miles, following the signs for the Denny Creek Campground, where you'll find a large parking lot.
The trail takes you through a thick canopy of coniferous trees, so it's great for cooling off on a hot day.
And it smells as refreshing as it looks.
The falls are actually comprised of three separate tiers, giving them a total drop of 135 feet.
But only the last and largest drop can be seen from the trail.
Franklin Falls has a 70-foot drop, and its flow is at its best from April to July.
But there's never 70-foot time to see this beauty.
Because the trail is so easy, beautiful, and family-friendly, it's pretty popular.
While you'll probably never enjoy complete seclusion, your best bet for avoiding the crowds is to hike early in the morning or during the week.
The hike is a mile in and a mile out.
But if you're with little ones whose legs get tired, you can stop and have a picnic anytime.
The trail stays open as long as it's accessible, so if you want to brave the winter elements, you can see the frozen falls.
Of course, we recommend going during the warmer months to witness this ethereal beauty.
Washington has some stunning waterfalls. You can see plenty of them on our
waterfalls road trip.
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