Day Hike - Franklin Falls


Day Hike - Franklin Falls

Casual-paced day hike to the beautiful & icy Franklin Falls

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft

12:30pm start time.  Please be on-time and ready to go. The road to the trailhead (Denny Creek) is closed for the winter, so we will park at the base of the road and walk in the snow up to the trailhead. We will then take the trail to Franklin Falls. To get to the meeting location, take exit 47 off I-90. If heading eastbound, stop at the end of the exit, take a left back over the highway and when that road comes to a "T" (NF 9034), turn right. The road will meander under the highway and shortly after that, the closed road will be on the left. Find a place to park around here. We will meet at the beginning of the closed road.

This will be a casual-paced, social hike to the stunningly beautiful, frozen Franklin Falls. Although not a lot of elevation gain, walking in the snow up any type of hill can be exhausting, so a good base fitness level is required as well as microspikes (or similar quality traction devices) for the boots, 2 trekking poles with baskets (leave the rubber tips at home), extra set of gloves, and the 10 essentials. No traction devices = no go.  Be sure to dress in layers (not cotton) with good quality wool socks.  Bring a warm coat and warm hat to wear at the falls.  We will be taking quick stops for photos and when we get to the falls, we will only stay long enough (around 15 or 20 minutes) to shoot photos and eat some snacks before anyone gets too cold.  An email will go out the evening before the hike if anyone wishes to carpool.


Franklin Falls

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Trekking poles with baskets
  12. Microspikes or similar quality traction devices
  13. Extra pair of gloves
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