Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
400.00 ft (121.92 m)
Trail type
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
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An easy to moderate 2-mile hike near Snoqualmie Pass, the Franklin Falls Trail is a perfect hike when you are in the area and short on time. The trail is clear, well-maintained, and relatively level, making it an easy, family-friendly excursion. The 70-foot falls at the end of the trail are actually the final drop in a series, and the view is a great payoff for such a short walk. Late summer low flows provide an excellent opportunity for exploration around the river and the basin, while higher spring flows make for a more impressive view.

While the trail is accessible, exercise caution when exploring on the rocks around the falls. These areas can become quite slippery and even icy in the early spring and late fall. The trail is usually accessible from late spring through late fall, when snow levels drop and the trail gets buried for the winter.

In the 1860s, the Snowqualmie Pass Wagon Road ran nearby, and you’ll see a short connecting trail to that historic route just a quarter mile from the falls. You can make a loop of the hike to the falls with a detour down this trail, where evidence of the wagon traffic still remains.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Well-maintained trail. Short hike. Near a campground. Family friendly.


Slippery rocks. Crowds. Narrow sections of trail.

Trailhead Elevation

2,200.00 ft (670.56 m)


Bird watching
Old-growth forest


Nearby Lodging + Camping

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington


The hike is best when done in the winter time- the falls freeze up and the view is amazing! Although the road was blocked off, we parked near the Alpental Ski area and walked from there, adding only an extra mile and a half. The hike was still very easy and short, but hiking shoes or spikes is best because it gets slippery towards the falls. The trail to get to Franklin Falls is absolutely beautiful and the frozen waterfall itself is a must-see! But it gets crowded quickly, so I would suggest going early (by 9:00am) or on week days when there won't be too many people.
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