2 comments on “Franklin Falls and Snoqualmie Pass Wagon Road

  1. I’m totally frustrated at this point in my life as I have non-diabetes peripheral neuropathy and have balance issues. My goal is to find some hikes that are walker friendly. I purposely bought a walker with 8 inch wheels in order to get off the beaten path. At almost 72 and I am a life member of Girl Scouts and used to hike anywhere I wanted. I hate to face the fact I won’t be able to hike anymore. I love wildflowers, geology, creeks, ponds, wild critters, birding, trees, mushrooms and just being in the forest environment. Do you know of any hiking paths that I could manage with a walker?

    • Ms. Munger ~

      I’m sorry to hear of your current difficulties. I certainly understand the need to get out and enjoy nature. While only you can determine whether a given trail is right for you, you may be in luck. After reading your comment, I recalled reading an article by the Washington Trails Association that identified ten ADA-accessible trails. You can find it at http://www.wta.org/go-outside/basics/ada-accessible-hikes. While many of the trails it lists are short and scattered across the state, it is a start. Another WTA article that identifies additional variously accessible trails can be found at http://www.wta.org/news/magazine/magazine/WA_TRAILS_07_09_FEATURE_ACCESSIBLE.pdf. I was remiss in not including links to those articles on my “References” page — an oversight I have now rectified, thanks to you. You may also want to try to locate a copy of the WTA’s “Accessible Trails in Washington’s Backcountry: A Guide to 85 Outings,” which is apparently only available in hardcopy.

      Of trails I’ve hiked myself, the Gold Creek Pond Trail near Snoqualmie Pass came first to mind, as it is ADA-accessible and yet deep enough in the wilderness to afford mountain views beyond its woodland and wetland wayside. Although it is quite short (approximately 0.25 miles/0.40 km), the Creekside Loop at the base of Mount Si is barrier free and lovely when the mossy forest is draped in spring and summer greenery. The first photo on my profile of the Mount Si Trail was taken on the Creekside Loop. The Carbon River Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park was formerly a road and now offers several miles of wide, flat tread through tranquil old-growth rainforest. However, because the river sometimes jumps its banks and erodes the trail, be sure to check trip reports for trail conditions before you go. Out on the Olympic Peninsula, the Moments in Time trails at Lake Crescent Lodge may also work for you (as well as provide an excuse to enjoy a meal or overnight stay at the lodge, which is one of my favorite destinations), although the trails can be muddy during the wetter parts of the year. Trails designated as “nature trails” are generally well developed and suitable for people with a broad range of abilities, but may still vary in accessibility. It might be worthwhile to search the WTA website for “nature trails” and read through trip reports to identify some that might be best for you.

      I hope this information gives you some ideas for places to continue enjoying nature. If you find any additional helpful resources, please let me know. Best of luck!

      ~ HesperosFlown


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