Photograph Snoqualmie Falls
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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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Incredible Views- an hour from Downtown!
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!
Perfect Relaxing Afternoon
Get past the paved tourist spots and you'll enjoy a beautiful view! Took my two-year-old son here in June, and it was lovely. Easy hike down to the river, but very rocky to get to the base of the waterfall. The water is crystal clear and refreshing in the summer. Definitely recommend for beginning adventurers! The history of the waterfall is interesting, and there is a gift shop with the best huckleberry tea and honey I've ever had. Worth the trip!
This is a popular tourist destination, but do not be discouraged by all the people on the paved road at the viewpoints up above. Few actually make the trek down below. The hike is easy going down, just make sure you save enough energy to make it back up after exploring and climbing around the rocks down below the waterfall. It is always misty down there so be prepared to get wet. And go earlier in the summer when water levels are higher especially with the dry summer we have had although still spectacular Snoqualmie Falls is smaller this time of year.
The parking and trail were a little crowded, but it was a Sunday. It looks like someone has been posted at the end of the boardwalk to prevent you from getting down to the falls. There's a small trail down to the creek from the lower parking lot, which gets you closer.
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