Hiking through Snoqualmie Falls Washington

Snoqualmie Falls

Breathtaking beauty awaits you in Western Washington at Snoqualmie Falls.

Years ago I had the pleasure of living in the Seattle area. While there one of my most favorite places to go hiking on a day trip would be Snoqualmie Falls. There were usually a group of us that would pack a lunch, our cameras and head to the falls early in the morning and make a day out of it. The drive there was so beautiful as you made your way to the falls.

If you ever watched the TV show Twin Peaks, you have seen Snoqualmie as it did appear in the show.

Panoramic View of Snoqualmie Falls
Panoramic View of Snoqualmie Falls | Source
Snoqualmie Falls in Winter
Snoqualmie Falls in Winter | Source
My friend Donna taking a picture while at the falls one day. We would spend many Saturdays here at the falls.
My friend Donna taking a picture while at the falls one day. We would spend many Saturdays here at the falls. | Source

Snoqualmie Falls

One of Washington’s popular tourist attractions is located on the Snoqualmie River between Snoqualmie and Fall City in King County. The yearly average for visitors here is 1.5 million people. The falls are a 268-foot X 100 feet wide waterfall.

History of Snoqualmie

The name Snoqualmie interpreted means ferocious people, which are referring to the Snoqualmie tribe, which was one of the largest tribes in the Puget Sound region in 1855. This tribe has lived in the Snoqualmie Valley for centuries and has said that the mists rising from the waterfall are to serve to connect Heaven and Earth.

In 1851 Samuel Hancock went up-river with the Snoqualmie tribe in search of coal, this being the first record of exploration in the valley. The river around 1877 had 12 logging operations that provided lumber to the entire Seattle region. In the 1890’s the first power plant was built at the falls by Charles Baker and one of his original generators are still being used by Puget Sound Energy owner of the falls today. Snoqualmie Falls became incorporated as a city in 1903.

Salish Lodge Resort And Spa

If you would like to stay at one of the absolutely magnificent resorts in Washington, Salish Lodge and Spa, originally built in 1919 is perched above Snoqualmie Falls.

Relax in a mineral pool with amazing views while meditating to the sounds of the water rushing down the falls.

Have a meal in The Attic for casual dining that features flavorful smoked salmon with the freshest ingredients or an American Kobe beef burger. For fine dining there is a gorgeous restaurant with an extraordinary view of the falls with a menu full of mouth-watering delectable seafood dishes and more.

The lodge has 89 rooms with over-sized jetted tubs and wood-burning fireplaces.

There is no better place to stay after a day hiking the trails at the falls or skiing at nearby ski resorts. From Seattle it is a thirty-minute drive.

Salish Lodge

Salish Lodge at the falls.
Salish Lodge at the falls. | Source

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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Paul, Thanks for pointing me to your hub. Absolutely beautiful pictures. I keep my eye out for your trip to Crescent Lake.

Happy Easter.


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wsupaul88 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

Gotta love the Pacific Northwest area!

Great Hub! I recently took a trip to the Columbia River Gorge area to take waterfall photos & wrote a Hub about it, check it out:

http://hubpages.com/travel/Exploring-the-Oneonta-G...

This weekend I'll be traveling to Crescent Lake and the Washington Coast to take photos. I'll be posting new pics of my trip on Hubpages and paulweeksphotos.com soon!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi molometer, I believe that the Lloyd Wright house is located in Pennsylvania.


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molometer 5 years ago

Hi Susan, is that where that famous Lloyd Wright house is built along from the waterfall?


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You will love it prasetio and thanks for stopping by.

Mike there are so many beautiful places to visit all up and down the West coast. I feel fortunate to have been able to live there. So many great memories.


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Mike's Corner 5 years ago from Maryland

Great hub Susan, it looks like a beautiful place, so lucky that you lived a day trip away!

I've always wanted to visit the Pacific Northwest but haven't had the opportunity to get there yet -- now Snoqualmie Falls will definitely be on my list of things to see when I do get there.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

This is so beautiful. I never heard about this waterfall before. Thanks Susan for posting this. I have to to see this in person and put Snoqualmie Falls on my travel list. Thank you very much. Vote up as usual.

Blessing and hugs,


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks ahorseback.


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Beautifuuly written. Love the pictures !


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hillrider 5 years ago from Mid-west United States

Great news, Thanks Susan. I have an aunt and uncle in Mississauga, another set in Hamilton and a number of cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. Maybe that's why I enjoyed it so much seems like a good portion of the Canadian clan are located in or around the city. Will keep my eyes peeled ...


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Nancy thank you for your comments. I too miss Washington and the falls but mainly seeing the Mountains!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Well hillrider it would be a pleasure as I live about a two hour drive away from downtown Toronto and I lived in Mississauga before moving here.


Nancy 5 years ago

Yes, I love Snoqualmie Falls. When I first moved there, I wanted to go there primarily because I have heard that the falls was shown in opening scene of Twin Peaks tv show. During my 8 years in Seattle, I would bring my out of town guests there. I have since moved out of WA, I do miss the falls.


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hillrider 5 years ago from Mid-west United States

One of my favorite places to visit is Toronto, I love the city and if I decided to cash in on my dual citizenship this is where I would live. (mom was born in Capreol,Ont.)I haven't been in years and the last visit to the Eaton Center and the Hockey Hall of Fame was too long ago. We stayed at the Crown Plaza Hotel right on the bay and had a spectacular view of the CN Tower. If you would like to do a hub and show the rest of your readers this city too I'd be like a pig in slop...LOL


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much katrinasui.

hillrider thanks so much. I'll be your travel guide where would you like to go lol.


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hillrider 5 years ago from Mid-west United States

Wanna be my Travel guide Susan ? lol All your hubs like this are top notch. Glad to have decided to follow you, I get a mini "vaca" every few days...


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katrinasui 5 years ago

What a beautiful hub with fantastic pictures. Well done Susan:)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you Pamela.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Great hub, so beautiful. I just love the pictures. Rated up.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much clean life.


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

Susan what a wonderful Hub and so educational. Those falls are so beautiful and the video was excellent.

Thanks for writing this one. I learned a lot here :)

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