I hiked this trail in early spring and was not impressed, given the level of hype this trail has gotten. There were several places where there used to be small bridges, that proved to be more dangerous than anything, rotting away, or having been swept away by high streams. At one point, the trail has been completely taken out by a landslide, but you can still get across it with some difficulty on all fours in the mud. (not recommended for kids). Trying to find the trail also proved very difficult. The forest service road signs were non-existent, but the posts they used to be attached to were still there. After getting somewhat lost, I just settled for the next trailhead I came to, which was called Snoqualmie Lake. I didn't know they were the same trail until I came across Big Creek Falls, and recognized it from the picture in "Best Hikes with Dogs in Western Washington." (a great book, by the way.) The last trail report was from last september, so it is obvious that the trail is not at all maintained through the winter. Perhaps the summer will yield a better experience. Despite all of this, the scenery was absolutely fantastic, and the solitude was unmatched among dayhikes. One last note, although you could stop at the falls, and come back from there, the dogs and I continued on toward Snoqualmie Lake. After several miles of tredging though knee deep, melting snow without the proper gear, we set up camp on the next piece of dry ground available, and came back the next morning, so I still have yet to see this lake.