A favorite hike for families, the Franklin Falls Trail follows the south fork of the Snoqualmie River for a mile, skirting a canyon with glimpses of deep pools and cascades in the river below as it descends the upper South Fork Valley below Snoqualmie Pass. The descent to the base of the 70-foot falls is steep and slippery but plenty of visitors make it down to eat lunch or cool in the mist of the plunge pool. It is an easy walk that rises gradually through old growth forests with views of the river. The trail ends at the base of Franklin Falls.
A good two-mile loop can be made by turning right a quarter of a mile before reaching the falls. A right turn at this junction will take you back to the Wagon Road Trailhead. This short connecting trail joins Wagon Road Trail 1021.
At a Glance
The trail is closed to motorized vehicles. Bicycles and stock are not allowed. Dogs must be on a leash. No camping permitted.
I-90 to exit #47. Turn north, drive across the overpass and turn right at the "T". In 0.25 mile turn left on Denny Creek FS Road #58. Follow this road 2.5 miles; just beyond the campground turn left on a paved road. In 200 feet, parking is on the left and the trailhead starts on the right.