J’s sister and her family came to visit for a week this summer, and we were so excited to show them our favorite places in Seattle! It also had an extra challenge because we had to come up with plenty of kid-friendly activities for his niece and nephew, ages 6 and 8. We were hoping to do some hiking with them, but since they’ve never hiked before, we weren’t sure how much they’d be up for. So we decided to start out with Snoqualmie Falls, which ended up being the best first hike for them that we could’ve imagined!
The main viewing area at Snoqualmie Falls is right next to the road and extremely accessible for everyone. I love this about Snoqualmie because it’s such an impressive sight for not much effort, meaning anyone is able to enjoy the beauty! We stopped at the main viewpoint over the falls and oohed and ahhed for a while.
This was as far as I’d ever been at Snoqualmie, but there’s actually a trail down to the river where you can see the falls from another viewpoint! In this sense it’s a little bit of a backwards hike – usually you do the climbing FIRST to get up to a viewpoint, and then the way back is downhill! But in this case we hiked just under a mile down to the river first and then had to climb back up on our way back.
There’s a short boardwalk at the bottom that takes you out to another overlook to see the falls. I loved getting to see the Falls from another angle, and we had lots of fun doing it with the kids!
If you’re lucky, you may even get to see a rainbow, too!
We walked along the boardwalk and then ended up spending some time down by the river, which was a great time, too.