These Falls are a little bit secluded but at the same time not at all. A private Residence adorns the hillside just above the falls it seeme to be inhabited in the ski season only though. A short trail leads you from the parking area to the base of the falls. It is somewhat steep and the falls turn up a decent amount of spray.
The Falls themselves are not the tallest in the area by any means. At about 50 feet (15 m) the drop isn't exactly small either . Roaring Creek is a fairly high volume creek for its location though and give the Falls adequate flow late into the summer.
Franklin Falls is by no means one of the tallest waterfalls I’ve come across. At 70 feet (21 m) tall the waterfall is no little drop though. It sits in a canyon directly in between the east and westbound lanes of I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass. The surreal experience of standing just beneath one of the nation’s most important freeways and staring at a beautiful sight like these falls is certainly something worth the short hike required to get to them (only about 1/5 mile). It does, however, for all its benefits have one major downfall. It is fairly popular and you will likely be accompanied by several people while enjoying this scenic sight.
After the first weeks of cold weather and especially after the first snow, Franklin Falls becomes a completely different sight to behold. The cold temperatures near the pass freeze the mist coming from the falls. The mist collects on the surrounding rocks and crates some interesting ice formations. The ice forms inverted icicles which face the direction of the falls since the mist builds up on the rocks in that direction.
Access to the area beneath the falls becomes very difficult when the ice builds up on the path. Careful footwork or simply taking in distant views will be necessary. The path is fairly steep and a sip on the ice covered rocks could send you into the river or just a rough fall.
Learning to snowboard isn't the easiest thing to do. There are a lot of elements of contend with and there is just as much stuff to try and keep in check. While you will fall and smack your head every now and again the rewards you get from snowboarding make learning well worth while. Go for it. Once you battle being able to stay up and move you will get the hang of it.
If snowboarding isn't your cup of tea the there is skiing and hiking, don't forget your camera!