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. 🙂