Hiking to Franklin Falls – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Just a relatively short drive east of Seattle on Interstate 90, up into the Cascades and past North Bend, Washington is Franklin Falls. Hiking the trail to Franklin Falls is a relatively easy day hike. The entire trail is 2 miles round trip with an elevation gain of only 400 ft. The trail follows the south fork of the Snoqualmie River just below Snoqualmie Pass. As the trail skirts the river canyon, you are treated to beautiful views of the river below with its mountain stream pools and rapids. As you reach the falls, the trail cuts out of the woods and descends into the canyon. The falls are located at the high end of a box canyon. There are actually three falls dropping a total of 135 feet with the last fall (the only one visible from the trail) comprising 70 feet of that total. The first shot gives you a good perspective of the last waterfall dropping into the canyon.

Franklin Falls 1

Franklin Falls 1

This second shot focuses on the waterfall itself…

Franklin Falls 2

Franklin Falls 2

…and this last shot was taken by just turning around from the prior capture and looking down the rugged river canyon. You can tell it’s a popular spot with the number of people enjoying this incredible display of nature’s beauty.

Franklin Falls 3

Franklin Falls 3


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24 thoughts on “Hiking to Franklin Falls – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

  1. Dan Antion

    Beautiful photos, Kirt. I think I have pictures of these falls from when my wife and I were on our honeymoon. She was behind the camera. I’ll have to dig that album out later. In any case, it’s a nice memory. I love the ride up into the Cascades. Which pass didn’t matter, it was just so peaceful.

  2. Sue Slaght

    The waterfall is gorgeous Kirt but what really strikes me is how the inclusion of people makes the photo better. I wouldn’t often thinks so but in this case I think it really gives perspective.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Interesting that you picked up on that Sue…I was thinking the same thing. I usually avoid the “people” aspect unless it is the main aspect of the shot. With nature shots…I tend to make sure the focus is on the natural aspect, but the feeling you get when you hike down the canyon to the falls is the “people” enjoying the natural setting and beauty of the falls. They seemed as much a part of the picture…..thanks for the feedback!

  3. Teagan Geneviene

    I’m glad you included the first one, with the people. It really adds perspective to the size of the falls. In my limited experience, the roar of a rushing waterfall shuts out the sounds of humanity, allowing me to get lost in its magic. So even though it is probably better in many ways to include more than the falls, I like the magic of the shots that are just the falls.
    Still — a well rounded and lovely collection. Mega hugs.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much for your feedback Teagan….what doesn’t show in the shots and made it difficult to get too close with a camera was all of the spray and mist in the air….not heavy but enough for a camera freak like myself to protect the lens from getting peppered with water!! As always thanks for stopping by!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      It was an easy hike….we had a short slightly over weight dog along so tried to pick a trail he could handle 🙂 When we got back from the hike he conked out fell asleep:)

  4. reocochran

    This is a gorgeous series of photographs with the waterfalls. I loved your sharing Franklin Falls with us, Kirt. 🙂
    A “There is Peace in Trees” poem post back awhile ago got reposted on the 100 poems of peace. Your blog I had incorporated since you have faith included in your special gallery of artwork. Marie may enjoy your going to visit her as well as maybe you could send a link of a poster or art which includes Peace. 🙂


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