Snoqualmie Falls
Snoqualmie Falls
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Enjoy a day out in Washington at Snoqualmie Falls. This 270-foot waterfall beckons a visit for its enthralling views, easy trails and Native American heritage. The best way to enjoy this wonder is right after a downpour when the waterfall’s spray is fuller—adding to the mystical vibe. Train lovers should also hop on an antique train ride to the top of the waterfall. Beside the falls, there are other interesting sites to visit like the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Museum and Snoqualmie Depot. You can also pamper yourself with a luxe stay at the Salish Lodge & Spa. – Tripadvisor
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  • KealakekuaHI
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snoqualmie Falls
    Beautiful falls, but not the most impressive in Summer. I'm sure winter would be much better, but tradeoff of freezing cold weather. Just a word of caution if you take the hike to the bottom of the falls, you still have to WALK BACK UP! If you're out of shape like me, take your time and rest on one of the benches along the pathway.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Robert P N
    Los Angeles, California2,248 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Falls, Steep Walk
    Snoqualimine Falls. Is a steep walk, and it can get crowded, and it is lacking in hand rails. So make sure you have good knees, otherwise just to the viewing platform. They have a nice gift shop, coffee and pastries, and clean portable potties. We recommend parking in the paid parking area, its close, the spots turn over quickly, and easier than crossing the highway.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • kwagmeister
    Newburgh, Indiana1,644 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous falls
    Beautiful falls — we visited often as kids with our parents and this visit was to remember our late dad. The walk is not for the faint of heart — but a short drive down the hill to the lower parking lot will take you to a boardwalk with an incredible view of the falls. Walk down the paved hill to the river (mind the rocks) to actually get to the water. It’s worth it. The upper lot is a pay lot (there is a kiosk) but there is also a free lot across the road which has an overpass walkway to take you to the lodge and upper view points. There are signs with the history of the Snoqualmie tribe as well as the origins of the hydroelectric plant. Fascinating! On a beautiful day this is a must see — then visit the lodge for brunch or lunch.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 19, 2023
  • ClaireWithLove
    1,684 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Falls - Worth a Visit
    Beautiful 270-foot waterfalls and the first hydroelectric power plant in the Pacific Northwest. Informative signs such as below give the history. It is worth it to see it in person. There are two main parking areas. When you enter, left is Salish Lodge and Spa, so turn right to the go to the small paid parking lot. It has the gift shop and bathroom and a small parking lot that costs $7 for up to 2 hours, then $5 an hour. Across the street is a free and bigger lot. There is a covered walkway over the road to reach the waterfall side. Coming down from the walkway has stairs but I also saw hills, so perhaps it is accessible. I am not totally sure. There are several viewing level areas with great views. The top level is accessible, and after that, you need to go down some stairs. We walked down to the lowest viewing area without going to the trail to go to the very bottom of the falls. The gift shop sells coffee and pastries on the left side and gifts on the right side. I think the pastries were made a Salish Lodge, the hotel and spa at the top of the falls. Visited
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Eli K
    Brooklyn, New York899 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick drive from Seattle
    We only went to the upper viewing points. The trail signs aren’t the great but the falls were very nice. It’s only around a 45 minute drive from Seattle. There’s plenty of free parking, or you can pay $7 to park right in front.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 23, 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,977 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop
    This is a beautiful, huge waterfall and is definitely worth a stop. Once you park, you only need to walk a short distance to view the waterfall. So if you are short on time, you can see it within maybe 10 minutes or less. If you have more time, I recommend walking the trail down to the lower viewing area. You’ll need good shoes as it is quite a walk down and then back up and while it isn’t difficult it also isn’t that simple if you have difficulty with walking/hiking. Note that there is a restroom and water fountain at the bottom and also a restroom at the top, near the parking lot. There is also a gift shop and some food and snacks near the parking lot.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • ScubaDave16
    Highland, Indiana1,000 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    crowded, but a nice waterfall
    being so close to the city we expected this attraction to be crowded on a Saturday afternoon and it was. There is a great deal of parking across the street for free. it is a short walk to the falls viewing area. There is also a moderately steep trail down to the river and the base of the falls. the trail is steep but well maintained. remember it is harder going back up! I think they said the trail was half a mile or so. There are restrooms and picnic areas at the bottom of the trail it is a pleasant area with some interesting displays about the power generating system as well. worth a stop if you are in the area.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
  • hotweatherfan1
    Indianapolis, Indiana497 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty Waterfall
    This was our last stop after spending a day outside of Seattle after a cruise waiting on our return flight home. We are glad we stopped. It is an easy walk to get to a view of the falls (somewhat obstructed). There are then stairs or a switchback path to another level that has wonderful views. It is very popular and the free parking area is really crowded. They have a paid area as well and that also had quite a few cars in it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • BlackberryBoy
    Gibsons, Canada538 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Falls With Free Admission & Parking
    I've visited Seattle dozens of times over the years and we frequently travel on the I-90 on road trips so I'm quite amazed I'd never been here before. These falls aren't very wide but they are very tall and quite a site. Personally I don't think they're a must do if you haven't been to Seattle before and are having trouble deciding what to prioritize, but they're definitely worth a stop if you have the time. Speaking of time, it's crazy how close they are to the Seattle area given how quiet and the remote the area is. It was only a half hour drive from our hotel in Bellevue. Make sure you park across the street as that lot is free. The first platform you hit doesn't have the best view but it gets better as you keep walking. Unless you aren't able to do hills, the trail down to the base of the falls is excellent and gives you a different perspective as you can see the falls from the river they descend into (I think you can actually drive to the base too if you don't want to walk). We didn't stop at the hotel but there's a nice gift shop and cafe with public restrooms. While here definitely stop to check out the charming little town of Snoqualmie
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,818 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Waterfall in Washington
    While we were in Washington to see the 3 National Parks, we made sure to see the state's top waterfall in route between North Cascades and Mount Rainier. If you are travelling between the two parks, the waterfall is really on your way, only a short detour but well worth it. Even in low late summer flow, the waterfall is amazing, dropping nearly 200 feet. When we saw it there were two distinct falls flowing parallel to the bottom. The entire scene is made even more amazing by the hotel that is perched above the falls. There is also a beautiful forest to walk through for a view from the river below. I could say a lot of words, but they would not measure up to beauty God has created in nature. You just have to see it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
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Bubuflu
Mascot, TN491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Snoqualmie Falls offers visitors a place that is beautiful and amazing just outside of Issaquah, Bellevue and Seattle. The area is quite lovely and there is a nice hiking trail (can be a little tough on some coming back up). The observation areas of the falls offer nice educational information on the falls and the hydro electric facilities hidden beneath the rocks.

There is also a hotel, restaurant, spa and gift shop at the top of the falls that is a huge draw for weddings.
Written March 5, 2021
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Robert P N
Los Angeles, CA2,248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Snoqualimine Falls. Is a steep walk, and it can get crowded, and it is lacking in hand rails. So make sure you have good knees, otherwise just to the viewing platform. They have a nice gift shop, coffee and pastries, and clean portable potties. We recommend parking in the paid parking area, its close, the spots turn over quickly, and easier than crossing the highway.
Written August 13, 2023
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BigMerk
Glasgow, UK2,559 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We took a short detour on the road from Spokane to Seattle and visited the falls. They aren’t any near as spectacular as say Multnomah Falls on the Columbia River but they were worth a short detour. The access is a bit compromised and we managed to miss it first time requiring a u-turn. Parking is $7 (plus taxes etc) and there is parking in both sides of the road (connected by a bridge). On our side, the car park wasn’t huge.

There is an explanation of the adjacent power station which is interesting and walks too.
Written October 3, 2022
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Aslan's Traveler
Burnsville, MN626 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The powerplant built on top of these falls, and electrical lines going across the top of the falls take a lot away from the beauty that the falls must once have had. The area around the overlooks is completely built up, and very busy with people. Fortunately you can park for free across the road, and take a skyway across to the falls (see what I mean about built up?). If you or your kids have never seen a large waterfall "in the wild", this is a pretty easy one to take in. You can also see if from below by going a few miles further up route 202. Again, you are going to have to go past the power stations, but once you get past there the view up to the falls is a bit more scenic.
Written July 29, 2021
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triplover42
Glendale, CA116 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
About 1.5 mi round trip. You can see it from the top and then hike down to the bottom. It's a shady interpretive trail with blackberries and little signs identifying the different plants and their uses by indigenous people. There is a restaurant, but the wait was an hour so we didn't have lunch there. I wouldn't go out of your way to see it, but it's a nice stop if you're in the area. There's also a little railroad museum in town; if you're into that sort of thing, you could make a day of it.
Written August 21, 2022
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lexmiller
Burlington, MA1,119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Beautiful! Be sure to allow enough time to read all of the signage along your walk to the bottom of the falls, as you do need to walk to the bottom of the falls - but beware of the walk back, steep and depending upon the weather, can be scorching hot so bring water. The hydroelectric history here is fascinating, and one that apparently was not friendly to the native Snoqualmie people - an excellent exhibit on the First Nation people is in the Visitor's Center, be sure to take the time to read it. This is stilk a sacred and spiritual site to the Snoqualmie people. While marveling at the beauty of the falls and of the trees, wow, try to picture it before the dam was put in, how different it looked.....there are two "before" photos that I found, but they are so old it's a bit hard to imagine.....I recommend lunch at the Salish Lodge, or breakfast, or dinner for that matter, depending upon your hiking schedule.
Written June 1, 2023
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Christina B
Louisiana6,210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
So glad we made time to stop while going from one National Park to another on vacation. Unless you really want to or need to park in the small paid parking lot, the huge multi level parking lot across the street works well. It has an enclosed footbridge to get across the road. Lots of people, but worth the walk to ALL viewing spots. It is spectacular!! Information boards hold lots of historical facts & history.
Written August 12, 2021
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MdTravelerX2
Silver Spring, MD540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We visited Snoqualmie Falls on a beautiful spring afternoon. We recommend viewing the falls from the top and then taking the hike to the bottom. It's a good schlep, steep in areas, but there are places for one to stop and read signs about the flora and fauna and history of the area, or sit for a bit. Take your camera!
Written May 7, 2022
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Samantha S
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Absolutely beautiful! A must see if you're traveling to the Seattle area. About 45 mins from the city. If you type in Snoqualmie Falls into your GPS it will take you to the paid lot at the top of the park where the falls are. There are other free lots further down the hiking trail and elsewhere in the park.
We were able to see the falls, hike down and touch the water and then hike back up. It was a great way to spend the morning.
Written July 17, 2022
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907blaked
Tampa, FL1,456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We enjoyed our time here on a Saturday in November. An easy 35-minute drive from Seattle. Given the time of year we visited and the fact that we arrived by 10am, parking was no problem at all. There is free parking across the street, or pay parking ($7, I think) right next to the falls. We chose the free parking and walked across the street using the skybridge. We spent about 15 minutes up top with the overlooks, and then took the trail 1/2 mile to the bottom. The trail is not easy! It took us about 30 minutes to hike each way - and going up required a few breaks! It was definitely worth it to take the trail down to the bottom to get additional views of the falls. There were restrooms/bathrooms at both the top and the bottom of the falls. After the falls we had lunch at the hotel/resort on the premises.
Written November 21, 2022
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