Franklin Falls

North Bend, Washington

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Settlers heading for the Puget Sound lowlands had few route options: they could float down the Columbia River (portaging around the falls near The Dalles), they could take a ship through the Pacific—either from California, or all the way around from the Atlantic— or they could take the Snoqualmie Pass Wagon Road. This road was originally a trading path used by Native Americans, and later was a mule trail used by fur traders. Eventually, settlers and traders carried goods on wagons over this lowest of the Cascade passes. Today’s interstate uses parts of the old wagon track, but in the Denny Creek area, where the interstate splits, the old wagon trace is still visible.
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

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Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Settlers heading for the Puget Sound lowlands had few route options: they could float down the Columbia River (portaging around the falls near The Dalles), they could take a ship through the Pacific—either from California, or all the way around from the Atlantic— or they could take the Snoqualmie Pass Wagon Road.

This road was originally a trading path used by Native Americans, and later was a mule trail used by fur traders. Eventually, settlers and traders carried goods on wagons over this lowest of the Cascade passes. Today’s interstate uses parts of the old wagon track, but in the Denny Creek area, where the interstate splits, the old wagon trace is still visible.

© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: North Bend
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: June–Nov
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend office
Local Maps: Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
Driving Directions: Directions to Franklin Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

8/15/2010
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Absolutely one of the best family trips we have made yet. The hike is very easy with some roots and rocks, so keep your head down to watch your step. Although it is one of the best cared after trails I have been on. Franklin Falls on Denny Creek are increadable. The water isn't necessarely fast flowing. The pools of water are at veriouse depths, so parents can have a dip too with out having to squat down to get fully wet. The rocks are slippery in places, as they are on any creek or river, however this place is well traveled and most of the slides are not really slippery to the point that kids sometimes have to push themselves down the slowly sloping slides, unless the water level is high enough to flow under them as well. The slides very in their slope. You should wear some good water sandles or water shoes of some kind because the rocks on the bottom are not very pleasant to walk on without some kind of cushion. They are rocks after all. Dogs have a wounderful time there as well. There is plenty of shade to sit under on either side of the creek. Bring something to sit on if you don't want your buns going numb and a snack and water are highly recomended for the trip. You will get hungry after the hike and fun in the water. Depending on the day and weather parking can get a little congested, yet no mater how far away you have to park, the trip is well worth it. I would come early, around 10 am and stay for the day. There is a parking fee at the trail head parking area. I don't remember how much, but it is nominal. There are many other trails to explore at Denny Creek and it has a very nice looking camping area with hook ups and tent pads, some are even right next to the creek. There is easy access to the creek via trails as well. Have a go at it and visit. You will not be disapointed.



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