Explore the Green River Gorge

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Added by Matt Boetcher

This can be a quick stop for some photos, or an afternoon spent wandering the trails!

The Franklin Ghost Town trailhead is just a large muddy lot, surrounded by no trespassing signs. When you pull in you will see signs for a $5 day use fee, just fill out the form and drop it in the box. There are two trails that leave the lot, one heads down to the river and is probably a mile round trip. There is lots to explore down there and the views of the river are amazing. In the summer it can be a nice place to cool off, and kayakers can be seen year round! 

At the far end of the lot is a yellow gate, the trail past that leads up and around the hills, and the remnants of mining operations can be found along that route. It’s all vehicle path walking and very easy. 

If you’re looking for more riverside trails walk alongside the road towards the river and you will come to the tall bridge with a cool view of the river and waterfalls below. On the far side of the bridge is a green cabin with a sign “Green River Resort”, there isn’t much here but a gate to the left of the cabin will lead you to a path that takes you under the bridge and down to the river. There are some cool soaking pools, one even sits behind the waterfall. There is another fee box at that entrance ($5). 

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2 months ago

the river is beautiful and fun, the parking is a joke.

Access here is a bit of a battle. The property owner around here claim that they own all access and you must pay to play. However, WA is a Riparian rights state and nobody owns the river. Also, there is an old cemetery and remains of ghost mining town just above the river that is owned by the state. It is lawful to park at the access to the cemetary and not pay the "required" fee. If you park on the side of the bridge with the "resort" and there is anyone present, expect to be harrassed into payment.

Beautiful.

It was a good hike. I would recommend going past the parking lot, over the bridge. There is better parking and it puts you on the side of the trail that has access to the waterfall. Good for a nice 2-3 hour trip.

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