Snoqualmie Waterfalls Hike With Young Toddler!
My Hiking Experience
The hike wasn’t a walk in the park for sure. Little Gwen wanted to nurse constantly (probably because it was chilly) so I babywore her in a front carrier and I really struggled on the hike, especially for the ascent on the return leg!
I eventually passed her over to Le Husband who put her on his shoulders and she really liked the thrill and the view (though he kept walking her into low-lying branches lol so often that passing hikers would regularly call out, “watch out!”)
What I Love About the Trail
I love that the trail has many informative signages that point out the various berries and plants growing there, and their medicinal/health benefits. It keeps the hike interesting as we have stuff to look out for and point out to Gwen constantly.
The waterfall could only be viewed from a distance from a rather narrow part of the boardwalk so the impact of this nature’s wonder couldn’t be felt very strongly. It also felt like a pity that there were so many people milling about to catch a photo of the waterfall so we couldn’t stand there to admire the view for long. I did see children leisurely playing and adults fishing at the lower falls below the boardwalk so I guess that’s an option to enjoy the falls at your own pace and time (but not sure if it’s allowed/legal.)
I probably would not try this hike with Gwen anytime soon till she can get around on her own two feet since it probably felt like another ordinary hike for her since the waterfall was really quite far away for impact to be felt. I would however consider the Bridal Veils hike in Chiliwack, British Columbia, Canada to see the waterfall. Read here for my experience there.
- In the shaded foresty area of the park, there is a significant drop in temperature vs the open so be sure to bring more outerwear esp for young children who can't regulate their body temperatures that well
- Bring snacks esp for children to keep their energy up for the hike
- Be prepared to walk a fair bit, with vertical ascension
- Try to visit during off peak timings and days so you get more time to admire the waterfall without feeling bad for “hogging” the sight when you take pictures
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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.