A Northwest Hike to Franklin Falls

We don’t usually take the most popular hikes on a weekend when everyone else does – we’re lucky we don’t have to. But we took a chance today and headed to Denny Creek and Franklin Falls, an hour east of Seattle. We’re so glad we did!

Yes, there were lots of people with the same idea. Denny Creek Campground is nearby and was full. So was the parking lot at the trailhead and cars lined the narrow road beside. But we were still able to find parking nearby and set out on the beautiful trail through the woods.

The trail to Franklin Falls is well maintained and well traveled. It passes through typical Northwest forest, fragrant with Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, and Red Cedar.

Tiny chipmunks scampered about and people of all ages passed us by – some with babies strapped on or with toddlers or dogs with them. Regardless, we were still able to find solitude and periods of quiet in the woods – except for the sound of the river rushing by below.

After a mile or so the sound of rushing waters increased and we arrived at our destination – Franklin Falls. It was much more impressive than I remembered since I was last there. And just how many years ago was that – 20?? We sometimes take for granted what is closest to us.

The final approach to the Falls and the pool below was on slippery rocks and I didn’t think my shoes were up to the challenge. So while Bob joined the throngs in the spray, I stayed back snapping pictures where I and my camera stayed dry.

Next time we’ll come on a weekday – I may even leave the camera behind – and maybe – just maybe we’ll take a dip in the pool at the base of the falls!

At least in my dreams. 🙂

~ Susanne

8 Comments on “A Northwest Hike to Franklin Falls

  1. You are lucky to have such a nice spot one hour from home. The falls look lovely. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks Pete. 🙂 It’s one of the more popular hikes in the area and we had forgotten all about it. It made for a great outing yesterday.

  2. What spectacular views in that park! It does look like it would be a little tricky going down that rocky trail to get closer to the falls.

    • Yes, it was wonderful. 🙂 Towards the end it did get a bit narrow and rocky and wet and since my shoes didn’t have much tread on them I thought I’d pass.

    • Thanks so much! Yes it’s one of the most popular hikes nearby. I had forgotten how beautiful the falls are and how you can get so close to them! 😊

  3. I forgot how popular such spots in the Northwest were on the weekend. We have been surprised by how often we can hit trails here and be alone.

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