Snoqualmie Falls Travel Guide

  • Snoqualmie Falls
    by DanOlson81
  • Snoqualmie Falls
    by DanOlson81
  • Snoqualmie Falls
    by DanOlson81

Snoqualmie Falls Things to Do

  • Lower Park: Closed Until 2013

    There is a lower section of the Snoqualmie Falls Park, and it has (had?) some nice features, and construction work is to make things much better.However, due to that construction work, the park at the bottom of the falls has been closed until at least March of 2013.

  • Trail from Upper to Lower Park: Closed...

    For safety reasons, the trail that has connected the lower park off of fish hatchery road to the upper park is closed until at least March of 2013.

  • Visit Snoqualmie Falls

    After all, that is what the community is named for, isn't it? The waterfall that plunges over the edge of a cliff and crashes to the ground below.NOTE: Significant changes have happened due to construction projects in 2010, and the trail to the base of the falls from the top, as well as the entire lower park that allows access to the river, is...

  • Picnic Lunch in the Shade

    The upper park at Snoqualmie Falls features a small picnic area set aside in the shade. These picnic tables are convenient to the parking lot, but not so close as to have obnoxious traffic noise. Look for them near the restrooms and the turbine wheel display.There are some limitations on the use of these picnic facilities, however: cooking and...

  • Flood Stage

    In the times when the rivers swell with heavy rains, Snoqualmie Falls becomes a sight to behold. The amount of water going over the fall is about 10 times what it is on a normal day. The mist can be so heavy that the bottom of the falls is not visible. It is in these times when the power of falling water is most evident. It turns this somewhat...

  • Still Magnificent

    Even in the summer and later months of the year Snoqualmie Falls has a rather large amount of water that spills over it. Summer water levels also allow you to really appreciate the height of the falls. In the winter it is also quite the sight as it has been known to freeze. I've seen it once where the entire fall was a giant ice block with the...

  • Breathtaking View

    Snoqualmie Falls is one of those sights that will be appreciated be everyone from your 95 year old grandparent to your 17 year old rebellious teen. Undoubtedly one of Washington's best kept secrets, it is a natural wonder of mammoth proportions. Located about an hours drive east from Seattle, it has managed to stay pristine while the area around it...

  • Summertime Rainbows

    In the summer months Snoqualmie Falls almost always has a rainbow at it's base. Basically any time that you visit the base of the falls near sunset the angle of the canyon makes for excellent rainbows. Any clear evening you will find many people scampering across the rocks to get a better view. The rainbow forms late in the afternoon and i would...

  • Falls From Bottom

    The view from the bottom gives you another perspective and appreciation for the power and elegance of this waterfall, its 268 foot (82 meter) drop, and surrounding natural beauty. The trail from the upper parking lot ends at a viewing platform. Their are signs encouraging you to not go any further since the water levels can quickly change. The...

  • Observation Deck

    From below the observation deck, which is the most common viewpoint, looks very precariously perched atop the cliff. The difference in elevation from the base and the observation deck to the base is 300 feet (91 meters) and the cliff is nearly vertical. From the observation deck looking down you can’t help but feel a little worried about your...

  • What a view

    To see the another view of water falls, walk downwards from upper observation area and follow the river towards the falls. Watch out for slippery stones. It is totally different to see falls from the water level...

  • Viewing Platform

    This is the Viewing Platform at the base of the falls at the end of the River Trail. It is elevated above the riverbed for flooding purposes. The park encourages visitors to not travel further than this platform however many do venture further down to get a better look.


Snoqualmie Falls Hotels

  • Denny Creek Campground

    Denny Creek Rd., Snoqualmie, Washington, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Snoqualmie Inn

    9050 384th Avenue S.E., Snoqualmie, Washington, 98065, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

Snoqualmie Falls Transportation

  • Various Ways to Get Here - Driving,...

    DrivingIf you are driving on Interstate 90 across the Cascades, there are several ways to approach Snoqualmie Falls:+ Exit the interstate at exit 25, and take the Snoqualmie Parkway from the Interstate to Highway 202. Turn left at the end of the parkway onto highway 202. Just after crossing the bridge, start to look for the visitor's parking lot on...

  • Walking between Snoqualmie Falls and...

    While it is possible to take a bus (King County Metro route 209) or drive between Snoqualmie Falls and downtown Snoqualmie, the fact is that the bus route operates only very occasionally, and the parking at Snoqualmie Falls is very limited.As I arrived at the falls on Sept 18, 2010 by bus, and found that many items were closed until 2013 (my visit...

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Snoqualmie Falls Warnings and Dangers

  • Be Careful Below

    When at flood stage, water will be falling from one end of channel at the top to the other. The feeling when looking at the falls during flood stage is one of reverence as you can very easily see that being anywhere near the bottom would put you in extreme danger of being crushed. So if for some reason you decide to hike down there stay away from...

  • Easy on the Flash

    Be careful with the flash on your camera. The flash will catch the mist coming up from the falls. They turn out as shiny blobs and ruin your photos.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Snoqualmie Falls Off The Beaten Path

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    get dangerously close to the waterfall

    by DanOlson81 Written Jul 30, 2009

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    after you follow the trail to the botoom of the canyon, you will come to a dead-end on the boardwalk. climb over the railing and down to the river.. keep walking up-river and you will see the best veiw of the falls...

    06/08 me on top of a huge rock under the falls
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