Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most popular attractions in the Seattle area, with a heart-pounding cataract that plummets 268 feet, carrying an average of 285 cubic feet of water per second—and often much more. It is considered to be one of the most powerful waterfalls in North America. You might recognize it as the waterfall that eerily opens each episode of David Lynch’s television series Twin Peaks. Local Native Americans, the Snoqualmie tribe of the Coast Salish, revered the falls as a powerful and sacred place, believing that all of humanity sprang from these waters.
You won’t find all of humanity here, and you won’t find solitude either. But the spectacle of Snoqualmie is unforgettable. A relatively easy one-mile round-trip trail to the bottom of the falls will introduce you to the classic flora of the Northwest (including their native names) and along a boardwalk to the powerhouse. Not all of the water flowing to the falls from the Snoqualmie River spills over the cataract. In 1899, the world’s first underground power-generating facility was constructed here, diverting much of the flow to generate electricity for Seattle.
After enjoying the spectacle of the falls from a viewing platform at the top of the falls, we’ll take a leisurely hike to the bottom and return for a lunch or refreshments at Salish Lodge’s cozy Attic dining room, where you can enjoy further views of the falls as you dine.
Hiker Level: 1 2 3 4
Round-trip travel time: 1 hour
Hiking time: 3 hours
Total time: 5 hours
Best season: Year round
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