Go hiking Snoqualmie Falls, and bring the whole family. This easy and educational hike is perfect for kids of all ages. Learn about hydroelectric power, native vegetation, and forest growth.
Read all about the family-friendly trail down to Snoqualmie Falls. A short-drive from Seattle, this trail is perfect for hikers of all ages and abilities.
Hiking Snoqualmie Falls
Who was hiking
Our group had 4 adults and 5 kids ranging in age from 1 to 6. So, yes. This is definitely a family-friendly hike. If your littles (I would say even as young as 4-5) have done any hiking or nature walks at all, they can definitely handle this 1/2-mile trail. Well, I it’s 1/2-mile each way. So it’s a 1 mile hike.
How long does it take to hike Snoqualmie Falls?
Like I said, this hike is 1/2-mile each way. And remember, you are hiking down to the bottom of the falls, and then back up. So, bear in mind that the hike back up will be slower going than the hike down.
When you reach the bottom
At the bottom of the trail, there are picnic tables and restrooms. It’s a great place to stop and re-charge for the walk back. Don’t worry, there are plenty of benches along the trail, if little legs need a break.
But you don’t come all this way for a picnic table. You came for the waterfall.
You actually get to cross a bridge over the pipelines to an observation deck at the bottom of the falls – the Lower Falls Viewpoint.
Here we are!
One of the best parts about this hike was the fact that it was so educational. There were plenty of informational signs along the way, providing for learning moments with the older kids.
Learning about Native Vegetation Restoration
We were able to read and learn all about forest diversity, logging, and new growth. As old logs and tree stumps decay, they provide nutrients for new growth to emerge on the forest floor.
Learning about Hydroelectric Power
In a world so “plugged in” to tablets and phones, this hike provided an opportunity to talk about where all of that electricity for our gadgets (and lights, and toasters) comes from. When you’re ready to take a break from hiking, you can read all about how power from moving water is harnessed to create electricity.
If you have more time to spend, you can also visit the highly-reviewed Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Museum, but we had to save that for another trip.
There you have it. Even if you’re not in the Seattle area to go “hiking”, this trail is still worth a visit. My kids did the whole mile in rain boots, so don’t worry about having the right gear (but don’t forget your water bottle) and get out there. Your kiddos will thank you!
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If you’re planning a family trip to Pacific Northwest, be sure check out my Seattle Family Fun Day and Tacoma Family Fun Day itineraries.
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