This is a easy out and back trail to Franklin Falls in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Franklin falls is 70 feet tall and has the highest flow rate in late spring - early summer as the mountain snow melts. Waterfalls are fun anytime but Franklin falls is widely known for being frozen with ice at the peak of winter. In mid-February to early March watch trip reports to see if it has become frozen yet and make a fun snow hike or snow shoe to the falls, you might even get lucky and see some ice climbers. The one detractor from this hike is that the road is nearby so you constantly hear the cars, even over the sound of the waterfall.
Park at the Franklin falls trail head with a valid Northwest Forest Pass.
The trail starts off very wide and narrows the further you get. There is minimal elevation gain, so this is a good choice for the whole family. The trail is easy and gentle. As you near the waterfall there will be one tricky rock section to cross as it can become slick with water and/or ice but as long as you're careful everyone in your group should have no problems. After that you are treated to a beautiful up close view of Franklin falls.
See the Washington Trails Association web page here for more information.
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