2017 Hike to Franklin Falls

Saturday, October 7 9am-2pm

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 Join us for a fun hike to Franklin Falls!

9am Houghton Park & Ride

We will meet at the Houghton Park and Ride at 9am and carpool to the trailhead. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at Franklin Falls—if you don’t have one, please make arrangements to get one beforehand or carpool with another family that has one!


We will be headed out rain or shine, but let’s hope for a little sunshine and some beautiful fall foliage! Make sure you go over any hiking requirements your scout may be able to accomplish on this hike. Bring plenty of water and pack a lunch! 

Franklin Falls is a beautiful two mile hike, roundtrip with only 400ft of elevation gain suitable to kids of all ages. The forest service has been doing a ton of work to this trail making it very accessible and family friendly.

A Northwest Forest Pass is required for the parking lot at the Franklin Falls trailhead. If you don’t have one, please carpool with someone who does have one! There has been a lot of work done to this trail in recent years and there is plenty of parking. There is a large parking area past the bridge that marks the trailhead for Franklin Falls that can hold 30 cars. If that one is full, head up to the larger parking lot, a half mile past the bridge and trailhead, where there is more parking available. There are no garbage receptacles at the trailhead so be sure to pack it out!

Driving Directions: From Seattle, head east on I-90 to exit 47 Denny Creek/Tinkham Road. At the top of the exit ramp, turn left and cross over the freeway. Go 0.2 miles and turn right at the stop sign onto Forest Road 58. The road crosses under the freeway, after driving 0.2 miles, turn left.

Continue straight on for 2.9 miles and about a half mile past the Denny Creek Campground there is a large paved parking lot on the right that can accommodate about 60 cars.

The trailhead can be accessed via a trail that begins near the bulletin board in the parking lot.