Great outing for the whole family. Beautiful waterfall. Easy hike (2 miles roundtrip).

This is an easy 2 mile roundtrip hike that leads to beautiful Franklin Falls. The trail is very well maintained and is easy for even young hikers to travel. The trail goes through the forest and along a gorge as you gain 400 feet in elevation to the falls.

There are a few places you can scramble down into the gorge which has a few really small waterfalls in it. But non of these falls compare to the size and beauty of Franklin Falls. Franklin Falls leads into a river that is shallow enough to walk across. There are some nice photos to be had if you wade out into the stream to get a more direct view of the falls.

It makes for a nice and easy snowshoe during the winter (depending on recent snowfall). Of course, stay out of the water and don't get too close to the falls if you do go in the wintertime. Also keep in mind it could be a longer hike if the road to the trailhead is too snowy to drive.

Pack List

  • Camera and tripod
  • Water
  • Water shoes if you want to walk around in the stream
  • Northwest Forest Pass or Discovery Pass
  • Snowshoes (if hiking in winter)
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RT Distance 2 Miles
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Waterfall

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Soo Beutiful

Went for a late morning hike on such a beautiful day today! There were a lot of people, but not a problem, plenty of path for everyone! We didn’t have grippers, would have been nice, but not a deal breaker! When we got to the falls, I actually did not feel comfortable sliding down the last bit of trail holding onto a rope for fear of falling the wrong way because I am a bit of a chicken! I was plenty close enough and glad I got to see this spectacular site in the snow! I will definitely come back in the summer! The road to the actual parking lot is still closed, so be prepared for a bit of a walk before even getting to the trail, but that’s what we were there for....a hike! Definitely go, I had no idea this beautiful falls was right under I-90 and I have driven over it hundreds of times!

Good For The Soul

3850 and 38 were closed due to snow, so we walked from Denny Creek Road to the falls (~4 miles). The steep rise in elevation doesn’t occur until the last mile, and it was a doozy. The falls weren’t frozen over when we arrived l, but a site to see nonetheless.

Easy Access And Family Friendly

This is an easy short hike with a nice falls at the end but it sure is busy. Took some extended family and my kids here last spring and the hike to and from the falls was crowded to say the least compared to 10 years prior when I been here. The crowds reminded me of a theme park not what I think of when I envision getting out in nature. Shoot for mid week, early mornings, and/or poor weather conditions if you want to avoid the crowds. Minus the crowds I'd give the location and write up 5 stars.


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