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.
This second shot focuses on the waterfall itself…
…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.
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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.
It is a beautiful area Dan…..glad it brought back memories!!
Wonderful photos and reminders Kirt. I lived in Portland for 1 year and miss the beauty and lushness of the northwest.
You can imagine how we feel when we go up there coming from the desert….it is such a beautiful area of the country. Thanks for stopping by Brad!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Oh! I didn’t think about that. I guess sometimes the mist goes farther than others. They are great shots regardless. More hugs.
The Franklin Falls is gorgeous. It always gives a great satisfaction when you trek to such places, and, the elevation gain was low, so, it was easy and fun, I think… 🙂
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:)
Aww…poor thing…. 🙂
I know…we really pooped the poor little guy out!!
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. 🙂
Thanks for the heads up Robin….I appreciate your support as always and will check it out!!
You are most welcome and will head over to see if their were receptive responses, Kirt! Happy August! 🙂
OOOO! Look at the size of it! 😀
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Gorgeous waterfall. I am a huge fan of hiking to waterfalls and jumping in the usually icy refreshing waters.
I’m with you Peta…thanks for stopping by!!
Very beautiful picture of the waterfall! I’m always amazed how water just keeps coming and coming.
It really is amazing when you think about it! Thanks for stopping by Wanda!
I love waterfalls! Your photos are gorgeous, Kirt! Thank you so much for sharing and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. 🙂
Thank you for your kind words and thanks for stopping by!!