At the Falls, you will find a two-acre park, hiking trail, observation deck, gift shop, and the famous 270 foot waterfall.
The Salish Lodge next to the falls is absolutely beautiful place to stay. Be prepared for big bucks to lodge there!
The trail to Snoqualmie Falls has recently been redone so I knew my most recent trip to Seattle would have to include this hike. The Falls are massive and beautiful from above, but to truly experience their power and force, one MUST hike down to the base of them. Before venturing down, we had a lovely picnic on the shaded grass area and people-watched tourists (because there are PLENTY when the sun comes out).
The hike from the top is about 1.2 miles and although at times steep, is easily maneuverable by stroller and our 5 to 11-year-olds took it like champs. Along the way there are signs pointing out the local trees and plant life. Closer to the falls, diagrams explain how the water is used for energy. There is a lower parking lot closer to the falls down the hill so if trail walking isn't for you, the falls can to still be accessed. Once at the base of these 268 ft falls, a boardwalk brings you closer to the pool of water and resounding mist. During the winter I am told the water comes up to the boardwalk. But during the summer, its a completely different story. I am not advocating this as there are plenty of signs that read "Stay on the Boardwalk!" But on this beautiful, sunny day every tourist was climbing over the fence, scaling the dirt wall, and bouldering over the rocks to get closer to the falls. And they were impressive!
Hiking back up in the heat was a little less fun, but we escaped the heat by going next door to the Salish Lodge and playing board games in their library and perusing the gift shop.
I lived in Seattle for 8 years before finally making it up to Snoqualmie Falls. But once my family realized how close it was, we started visiting often! Snoqualmie Falls is just about 30 miles from downtown Seattle. It's a beautiful drive- lots of trees and mountains to see.
Once you're there, you can either park in a small lot close to the Falls or in an overflow lot across the street. If you park in the overflow lot, you cross a pedestrian bridge over the road to get to the Falls. Honestly, this is probably my kids' favorite part :)
The first overlook that you get to is accessible on foot or by wheelchair paths. There is another outlook a bit further on, at the end of a steepish hill. It's definitely walkable though and my little ones had no trouble with this path.
The view of the Falls and Salish Lodge is spectacular from the viewpoints, and the view of the valley is lovely as well.
There is some construction going on at the Falls, so some of the hiking trails are not accessible (as of June 2012).
Snoqualmie Falls is a nice stop if you're in the area, but I wouldn't go out of the way to visit right now. The beautiful hike to the bottom of the falls is closed until March 2013, which is my favorite part. Still, we stopped by today as we were taking a Sunday drive down 202 from Sammamish to North Bend. It was crowded but we found parking easily. There are restrooms, a gift shop with concessions, and several wheelchair/stroller friendly paths to two different lookouts.
When construction is finished and the hiking trail is restored, this will be a five-star family destination and worth a trip. Downtown Snoqualmie and North Bend are quaint, fun towns to visit.
I recommend going here after we have had a lot of rain. Not too hard to do! haha. The falls are a great treat to see. We went exploring up and down the paved trail and steps to each of the different viewing spots. They were still doing construction, so I am sure it's only gotten prettier. We started at the top by the hotel area and worked our way down to the little shop. Bring two quarters and a penny to get a cool flattened penny souvenir to take home! Our 5 and 3 year old were both happy with that little treat! Truly a beautiful spot, bring a picnic!
Snoqualmie Falls is a beautiful place to visit. Our kids were little when we stopped by and the hiking was not really a great option for us. We did enjoy the scenery and we had breakfast at the hotel. It was cold and cloudy when we went, but that did not diminish the falls. Wear good shoes and make sure to pick up some pancake mix from the store. It really is worth the price. Take rain gear - you never know what the weather will be and if you are a hiker, take plenty of snacks for the trail.
We went there on one weekend and man its breath taking views you can walk down to the falls and play in water and sit on the rock which are in between the water flow. do not allow kids to climb on rock as its slippery. when we were ther we saw 2 rainbows at a time and we enjoyed the scenic view. there is also a park where kids can play.
When we pulled up to the falls area, there were some beautiful trees and flowers in full bloom. They were gorgeous! The pink flowers were so vivid. We walked down to the falls and it was breathtaking, We loved just watching and listening to the falls. The trees around the area were so beautiful. They looked like they had moss on the trunks. They looked amazing and like nothing I have seen before. The looked like they were wrapped in velvet.
The Snoqualmie falls are breath taking natural beauty! Whether your local or visiting this is a great place to come to. They have many things to do around the falls too! The spa is amazing! I loved my hot stone massage. While we were there their was a wedding going on. The restaurant is top notch! The food is amazing and the ambiance is romantic and relaxing. I can only imagine how breath taking those photos must of been! Nature at it's best!
I loved every second of seeing these beautiful falls. It is quite a hike down to the bottom but well worth the effort! It helps to be in shape and used to the altitude before attempting the hike. Still the payoff of viewing the falls at different vantage points is awesome. Highly recommend!!
We just LOVE this waterfall! It's stunningly beautiful, and one of our favorite places to take out-of-towners to really impress them. My 3 year old and 1 year old both love to watch the roaring waterfall, and the viewing platform is like a few feet away from the parking lot and provides awesome views.
Tip: If you have at least an hour to spend there and your kids want some fairly strenuous activity, hike down to the bottom. It's all downhill. . . except for the way back up! Only do this if you brought plenty of water.
Tip: If you have some money to spend, eat the fantastic brunch at the Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls. The food is heavenly!