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Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie, Washington

based on 12 reviews



1.4 miles

Elevation Gain

509 ft

Route Type



Added by Michael Gabbert

This is a short hike, more of a walk, to this amazing waterfall of about 270 feet. To see the falls at their best, head there after a recent rain storm.

Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Washington. The waterfall is almost 270 feet tall and ranges in width all the way up to 150 feet when the water is really running.

On sunny, warm days, it can be a little overrun with tourists. Figure out where you want to get your photo from and be patient. Folks tend to be pretty friendly and stay out of the way once it's your turn. Don't be surprised if you're asked to help out with taking a group photo or 2.

The hike to the falls is pretty relaxed, but can save you a little time. There is a shelter for the upper part falls, but you can also head to the base of the falls. There is parking at the base of the waterfall, so a lot of tourists will take that route, but you should just hike down. To get to the base, take the nature trail down to the river, which is located near the observation platform and has a sign leading you in the right direction. The trail adds a little scenery to the falls as you head down the path through old trees down to the base.

During drier months, at your own risk, you can head to the end of the boardwalk and hop on a few rocks to get a closer look at the falls. Make sure to pay close attention to how fast and high the water is running.

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Snoqualmie Falls Reviews

Was a good hike for families and kids

The volume of water pumping over Snoqualmie Falls is simply spectacular. I visited on a rainy day and the lower falls were closed, but the upper falls view was great!

We were here last Saturday the 18th of August and wanted to take pictures of the falls from the boardwalk but it was closed due to under repair. We decided to hike down anyways for just a workout. The hike was short and there were so many gigantic trees along the way. We saw enough for some photos but it would have been much nicer if we could have a full view of the whole thing. We will be back once the boardwalk is finished. Still beautiful and worth the trip.

Awesome waterfall, but access was disappointingly restricted by a boardwalk and gate that does not let you go closer to the waterfall or on the shore for a better angle to shoot!

The falls themselves are incredible, but add the fact that they are only an hour drive from downtown Seattle and that its a relatively easy hike makes it that much better. I can't believe something this amazing is so close! Quick tip: there is a lower parking lot very close to the lower boardwalk however I recommend doing the entire hike (really its a walk) as it lets you immerse yourself into the Snoqualmie area!


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