Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state’s most popular scenic attractions. The Falls ranks second, just behind Mount Rainier, as the most visited tourist attraction in Washington State. 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 feet (100 feet higher than Niagara Falls) waterfall. The park and free viewing area are open from dawn until dusk. This beautiful two-acre park is landscaped with native trees and shrubs and comes alive with floral color in the spring. On the paths through the park, you will find several secluded benches and picnic tables for you to further enjoy the serene atmosphere the park offers. It is the perfect environment for a romantic picnic with a loved one. The distance between the free parking lot and the viewing platform is approximately 200 feet and is wheelchair accessible.
For a more up close and personal view, you can hike down the half mile River Trail towards the base of the falls. It is a scenic hike that takes leads you right by an old power plant built in 1910. Just be aware that the grade is very steep, so good walking shoes are recommended.
HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION:
Snoqualmie is the English translation and spelling of the Salish "sah-KOH-koh" or "Sdob-dwahibbluh", meaning Moon. The falls were first seen by non-native Washington Hall in 1848 and became a well known tourist destination by 1865. The hydroelectric facility was installed beneath the falls in 1899 and continues operation today, and the Snoqualmie Falls Lodge (now the Salish Lodge) was opened in 1919 after the Sunset Highway was constructed.
Being just 25 miles east of Seattle, Snoqualmie Falls Park is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This is a great place to stop for photos and get drenched in the powerful mist of the falls. It is a place of beauty with its exquisite views and breathtaking waterfall. It is a place that has been sacred for generations to the native people of Snoqualmie Valley. It is a place definitely worth checking out.
Tourists also can hop aboard a Snoqualmie Valley Railroad coach for a 10-mile scenic ride to the top of the falls. The line operates between Snoqualmie and North Bend. The train runs Saturdays and Sundays from April to October, plus Memorial Day, Labor Day and other select weekdays. Train departs multiple times a day throughout the afternoon for the 70-minute excursion.