A Snoqualmie Falls hike is a fun family day trip to the Pacific Northwest. We recently took our kids to see Snoqualmie Falls Washington and it is breathtaking. Small trails, a beautiful waterfall, a fun gift shop, and even some humor along the way. If you’re looking for ideas of what to do in Washington State, be sure to make a stop to Snoqualmie Falls.
The amazing thing about Snoqualmie Falls is that it changes on a day by day basis. Nearly minute by minute, hour by hour. On any given day Snoqualmie Falls can have a width ranging from 50 to 150 feet, depending on water levels. There are quieter days when the pools below are still and nearly clear from the glacier water. Then there are days that the roaring of the falls is so loud, you can feel the thunder underneath your feet on the observation decks.
During a Snoqualmie Falls hike, you will find a two-acre park, gift shop, observation deck, the Salish Lodge, and the famous 270-foot waterfall. The trail to the lower-observation deck is just a short hike from the upper-deck or you can park in the lower lot for easier access. I suggest seeing both views of the falls. They are very different.
There are plenty of resting areas and picnic stops along the way so you can pack a lunch. Hopefully, Washington weather cooperates enough for that. The upper-parking lot is wheelchair accessible to the observation deck. You will also find some inspiration and humor along the way.
The gift shop on the upper-level is filled with fun trinkets and a coffee shop. You can also purchase some of the pancake and waffle mixes that people rave about. My daughter had fun picking out a bag of rocks in the gift shop. There is also The Snoqualmie Falls Candy Shoppe located just about a mile from the falls in historic downtown. Keep in mind that they are closed on Monday during winter hours.
There is also the train museum just down the way from the fall. The Northwest Railway Museum offers train rides during select times of the year and a historic setting. A great place to stop for any train lovers.
A Snoqualmie Falls hike can certainly be made into a wonderful day trip. Trails to explore, picnic areas, and a few local stops along the way will create memories with the family. If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, be sure to make this a planned stop. The beauty and spiritual history are inspiring.
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