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Snoqualmie Falls

6501 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie, Washington 98024 USA

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Free to Visit
Open Now
Thu 7a-7p
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
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“As seen in Twin Peaks”

Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state’s most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year. At the falls, you will find a two-acre park, gift shop, observation deck, the Salish Lodge and the famous 270 foot waterfall.

The park and free viewing area are open from dawn until dusk. Leashed pets are allowed. The distance between the free parking lot and the viewing platform is approximately 200 feet and is wheelchair accessible.

According to Seattle PI:

Several thousand years ago, when the glaciers receded, they left a fertile plain near Snoqualmie Falls. When Native Americans arrived, they found a bounty of edible bulbs, roots and berries on the prairie. Deer and mountain goats were plentiful.

Though there were no salmon above the falls, the upper Snoqualmie River became a seasonal rendezvous and meeting place as trade among native peoples increased. The Snoqualmie Tribe (a subgroup of the Coast Salish) established a camp at the base of Mount Si. They also established villages at Fall City and Tolt (Carnation).

Snoqualmie is the English pronunciation of “sah-KOH-koh” or “Sdob-dwahibbluh,” a Salish word meaning moon. As a spiritual place, it gave birth to many legends. One tells of “S’Beow” (the beaver), who climbed into the sky to bring trees and fire down to earth. The Native Americans who roamed the valley were known as people of the moon.

White settlers began to arrive in the valley by the early 1850s. Long before, the falls became a tourist destination; pioneer women would edge as close to the falls as they could while friends held on to their dresses to keep them from falling. Jeremiah Borst was the first permanent white settler in the Snoqualmie Valley and is known to some as “the father of the Snoqualmie Valley.”

Josiah Merrit (“Uncle Si”) built a cabin at the base of a local peak in 1862 (the peak became known as Uncle Si’s mountain — now Mount Si). He raised vegetables and hogs and kept an orchard. According to local historians, he was a rugged man who sometimes hauled bacon to the large settlements.

To do so necessitated hauling the load on a sled to the river, canoeing downstream, strapping the load to his back and climbing down the 268-foot falls, hiking several miles, and then canoeing the rest of the way to Everett or Seattle.

By 1877, there were several logging operations in the region. In early days, logs were floated over the falls and down the river to Everett and Puget Sound. By 1889, entrepreneurs funded and built a railroad (the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern) into the valley, opening up timber resources to the world market.

In 1889, the town of Snoqualmie was platted by Charles Baker, a civil engineer. He also constructed an underground power plant at the falls in the 1890s (those original generators are still functioning today). The power plant resulted in electricity and jobs for locals, and soon a small company town was established at the falls. In 1911, a second powerhouse was constructed.

Such large waterfalls often attract daredevils. When that first passenger train arrived in 1889, it was a big event — more than 1,000 people turned up for food, celebration and entertainment. A Mr. Blondin successfully walked a tightrope over the falls.

In 1890, Charlie Anderson was less fortunate. He parachuted into the canyon from a hot-air balloon, but when he opened the chute a strong air current pushed him toward the falls. As the crowd watched in horror, another gust pulled him in another direction and dropped him on a large boulder; he died that night. 

Courtesy Seattle PI – Thursday, February 6, 2003

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/getaways/107345_hikebar06.shtml

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Reviewed by
mcruz0317

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
July 21, 2014

The view is amazing. The trail that lead to the base of the waterfall just opened in the spring of 2014 so you're able go wa

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LauraMcMullin

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 4, 2016

I love it hear. It's beautiful. Our dog loved greeting all the others on the trail. Only reason for four stars is the amount of bathrooms up at top of falls the ladies room had three stalls and there was a line of 10 or so on a weekday at 11 am so I can only imagine what it would be like on weekends

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Diana Fein

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 30, 2016

Very nice falls with a view from above and below. Lots of signs to teach you about the area as well! Coffee in the gift shop is great too!

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Reviewed by
beattiefamily

  • 9 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 1, 2015

Beautiful Falls! Very easy to get to, park and walk to see. Also wheelchair accessible. We did not have time to spend in the town of Snoqualmie, but would have loved to explore. VERY cute looking town with small restaurants and shops.

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Reviewed by
deniceanderson

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
December 27, 2014

Absolutely B-e-a-utiful!! Park, right away you can see the waterfall from an upper view, no hiking. You can also hike , from the upper view (1 mile) down to go even closer to the falls ( or you can park at the end of the hike ). Where the trail ends isn't as close as you would like it but you can hop the fence (waist height).and get closer. I've did it and many other and its absolutely breath taking.
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kristiod16

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 27, 2014

Very hard to take a picture of my little ones with the waterfall showing.

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saraward26

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May 22, 2013

Sherry Swelfer

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Reviewed by
chelsealove32

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  • 0 Helpful
October 24, 2016

Easy to get to from the road, several observation decks. Got to see this wonder after lots of heavy rainfall. A great little stop around Seattle.

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SummerGaleVanWagoner

  • 18 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
October 10, 2016

We were worried the falls would be more of a trickle in mid-September, but it was going strong. Easy walk to the upper observation deck from parking. Safe for kids.

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KarenPomeroy

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August 10, 2016

We stumbled across this attraction while on a 5500 mile journey out West. We took video of it and watch it often. Well worth seeing!

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Snoqualmie Falls

6501 Railroad Ave SE
Snoqualmie, Washington
98024 USA

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Open now until 7:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Private Parking
  • Free Parking

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