Two popular trails — Franklin Falls and Denny Creek — are closing by May 30 as the Snoqualmie District of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest will restrict access to Forest Service Road 58 in order to kick off construction for its parking lot expansion project.
For Denny Creek, this closure includes both the campground and the trailhead, while the Franklin Falls Trailhead, the Franklin Falls Trail, and the Wagon Road Trail will also be shut down. The closure is expected to last through the fall with the area expected to be open by December as well as the following summer.
“The closures are necessary to protect the health and safety of the workers and the public,” saidSnoqualmie District Ranger Heather Randall Wilder in a prepared statement. “Although having these popular areas and trails closed for the summer is disappointing, the improvements will make the area more enjoyable for years to come.”
The project will increase parking capacity by 72 spaces and construct a loop road that will help alleviate traffic congestion concerns. This project, funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), was enacted in 2020 as GAOA seeks to invest in infrastructure, recreation facilities, public lands access, and land and water conservation.
Franklin Falls — which can currently hold just 30 cars in its lot — is an approximately 1-mile hike that leads to the Franklin Waterfall. It became a popular snowshoe destination in the wintertime.
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