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As I first take in the view of Snoqualmie Falls, I would describe this as a place where beauty and nature collide. At 270 feet high with a width ranging from 50 to 150 feet (depending on water levels), the falls are certainly impressive in every season of the year. This is a beautiful gem right in Woodinville’s backyard.
We arrived at the falls about lunchtime, and it was difficult to find a parking spot in either the lot adjacent to the falls or across the street. Considering over 1.5 million visitors come to Snoqualmie Falls each year, that isn’t surprising. Thankfully, there is a gravel lot just down the street (overflow parking) that has an easy to navigate path leading to the falls.
There are a couple of paths that lead to the observation decks with magnificent views. We had to wait our turn to get a good spot, but it was worth it. You can also follow the nature trail to the river below which is accessible from the observation platform. The trail is short and scenic and leads to the base of the falls.
Following our stop at the falls, we visited the iconic Salish Lodge for lunch. Although I had visited the lodge in the past, I had forgotten what a wonderful place it is.
Built in 1916 as a rest stop for travelers, it was originally known as the Snoqualmie Falls Lodge and only had eight rooms. It was famous for its country breakfasts that nourished visitors before they traveled over the mountain pass.
In 1988, the lodge was completely remodeled and reopened with 84 rooms, two restaurants, and a spa and became known as the Salish Lodge & Spa. The facility is owned by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. The lodge became famous as the setting for Twin Peaks™, the David Lynch TV mystery series produced in the early 90’s.
We enjoyed a delicious casual lunch in The Attic at a table with great views of the river below.
For more information, visit www.snoqualmiefalls.com and www.salishlodge.com.