Local Treasure - Snoqualmie Falls Attracts Over One Million Annually

Over 1.5 million people can't be wrong. Year after year, that many people from across the U.S. and the world travel to see a 268 foot, 82 meter natural wonder on the Snoqualmie River in Washington state called Snoqualmie Falls.

Some have called it Niagara Falls West, but we just call it The Falls because it is unique in its American history, in its place in cult history, and in its physical presentation that lends itself so well for tourists.

Located only 25 miles from Seattle – Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most stunning falls you will visit in the United States. But beyond a thunderous example of mother nature at work, it is also now a major source of naturally generated hydro-electric power for the region.

History tells us that the Snoqualmie River was an important meeting place for native peoples in the Northwest; as trade among them grew to become a regular form of barter, a seasonal rendezvous atmosphere developed. That lead to The Snoqualmie Tribe (a subgroup of the Coast Salish) to establish a camp at the base of Mount Si.

The name “Snoqualmie” is, in fact, the English pronunciation of “sah-KOH-koh” or “Sdob-dwahibbluh,” a Salish word meaning moon. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Native Americans who roamed the valley were known as “people of the moon.” And that Snoqualmie Falls became a sacred place for Native American culture and spirituality.

Which oddly enough, made it an interesting selection to be featured in the iconic mystic cult hit TV series Twin Peaks in 1990. With Showtime planning to broadcast a new Twin Peaks series Spring 2017 we expect the pilgrimage to see Snoqualmie Falls take an upward spike in numbers.

When those visitors come, they will observe the Falls from a convenient park area with a spectacular platform offering 180 degree views of the rushing/falling waters. The Falls are open daily from sunrise to sunset, with free admission and parking.

Your options on getting to The Snoqualmie Falls include:

Interstate 90 Eastbound, then take exit 25, turn left and head North (uphill) through the Snoqualmie Ridge housing development. Continue until you go downhill off the ridge past railroad tracks. At this point the road ends; signs will direct you to turn left on to 202, and in about a half mile you will come upon Snoqualmie Falls park.

Car-Free? From downtown Seattle, take Sound Transit’s Route 554 bus to the Issaquah Transfer Center, then catch Metro’s Route 209 bus toward North Bend. 90 minutes later you will find yourself at Snoqualmie Falls park. The 209 runs hourly Monday-Saturday (sorry, no Sunday service).

Need more travel info? Check out soundtransit.org { http://www.soundtransit.org/schedules/st-express-bus/554 } and metro.kingcounty.gov. { http://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/schedules-maps.aspx}

RV parking is available at Snoqualmie Falls and there is also a hiking trail if you want to make it more than just a daytrip. Dogs on a leash are welcome, drones are not.

For additional information on Snoqualmie Falls go to http://www.snoqualmiefalls.com/