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Snoqualmie Falls

March 12, 2022
Type : hike
Length : 2.3 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain : 500 ft.
High Point : 880 ft.

We pulled into the parking lot across the street from the Snoqualmie Falls in the late morning and were able to quickly find a spot, although there was a steady stream of cars rolling into the parking lot. We made our way across the footbridge and were quickly rewarded with our first views of the falls.

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Footbridge across the road
Footbridge across the road
First view of Snoqualmie Falls
First view of Snoqualmie Falls
There was a good number of people viewing the falls, not unexpected, considering it was a nice March day (although this year we have seen more sunny winter weekends than I can remember over the last 20 years). We continued making our way through the throngs of people down to another viewing platform, where after a couple of minutes, we were able to get up to the edge and get another view of the falls.
Snoqulamie Falls from viewing area
Snoqulamie Falls from viewing area
We made our way to the start of the Snoqualmie Falls Walking Trail, passing through a small picnic area and started descending down towards the river. There were some cool trees along the way which my son enjoyed playing on. I always find nurse logs interesting, no matter how many times I seem them...
Snoqualmie Falls Walking Trail
Snoqualmie Falls Walking Trail
Nurse log on the Snoqualmie Falls Walking Trail
Nurse log on the Snoqualmie Falls Walking Trail
The Snoqualmie Falls Walking Trail was definitely steeper than I remembered - I recalled it as a leisurely stroll down to the lower viewing platform. While it’s not a difficult trail as it’s a wide trail covered in gravel and devoid of roots, it does have a good pitch to it.
We reached the lower parking lot, and after a quick bathroom break, made our way towards the Snoqualmie Falls Lower Observation Deck. I’ve come to Snoqualmie Falls a number of times over the years, and I always forget there is a lower parking lot that provides access to this area. There were not many cars down here; something to keep in mind if the upper lots gets extremely crowded. Not to mention I always prefer starting a hike by going up!
We passed the hydro station and long tubes which feed the water, and then made our way along the wooden walkway towards the observation area. I had told my son we might get hit with spray from the falls once we got on the observation deck, but that wasn’t the case. Not sure if I am mis-remembering, but I thought I was there one cold day and was getting wet.. Anyways, another cool vantage point of the falls.
Hyrdo plant at Snoqualmie Falls
Hyrdo plant at Snoqualmie Falls
Raised wooden walkway out to view the falls
Raised wooden walkway out to view the falls
View from the Snoqualmie Falls Lower Observation Deck
View from the Snoqualmie Falls Lower Observation Deck
Art along the trail
Art along the trail
We decided to head down to the Snoqualmie River and sit on the rocks and enjoy the sun. There were only a couple of people down by the river and it was a nice and relaxing break. Then we made our way back up the trail. My son was a little tired walking up, so we took a break on a log about half way through.
Snoqualmie River
Snoqualmie River
Resting on the rocks by the Snoqualmie River
Resting on the rocks by the Snoqualmie River
One final view of the falls, and then we decided to head into the Snoqualmie Lodge for brunch. The food and service was great, I especially recommend getting the honey poured on the biscuits. It’s locally produced, and the accuracy of the pour is amazing!
Final view of Snoqualmie Falls
Final view of Snoqualmie Falls

A great day out with the family. Amazing views of the falls, a nice short hike with a little bit of elevation gain, and a great brunch to cap it off!