Monday, February 23, 2015

Snoqualmie Falls


We hadn't been to Snoqualmie Falls in quite some time, so I decided to swing by for a quick hike over the weekend. It's by far the most well-known waterfall in Washington, so we weren't surprised to see the parking lot almost completely full when we arrived. I'm pretty sure we got the last spot. Yeah, us!

The trail was redone since the last time we came. The hike still goes downward quite a bit, but it is a wide, clear trail. There were several educational signs along the way,..

... and the kids enjoyed the penstocks (pieces of the old hydroelectric plant built here in the late 1800's) displayed next to the trail.




The Falls had less water than normal. I guess it's a dry year.


I enjoyed seeing the translations of several Salish (the language of the Native American tribes that live around here) words scattered around the park.


We also took some time to play in the Snoqualmie River.



Definitely a "must see" if you live in the Seattle area!

Fees: none, but parking can be difficult to find
What to bring: rain gear (there's a lot of spray), good shoes
Length of hike: 1.4 miles, rountrip

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