Granite Falls

Granite Falls in Washington is not only a town name but also the name of a waterfall along the South Fork Stillguamish River in Snohomish County. It got its name because of the abundance of granite in the gorge. The tallest drop of the waterfalls is only 25 feet while the total height is 40 feet. The Granite Falls is about 45 miles Northeast of Seattle making it an hour and 10 minute drive. Since we live only 14 miles away from Granite Falls, we decided to drive up there after lunch. Granite Falls is easily accessible which is great for beginner hikers.

When getting to Granite Falls, there’s are two small parking areas on both sides of the road. Access to Granite falls, you will need to follow a short trail and paved stairs. The trail is surrounded by tall trees, blackberry & raspberry bushes & ferns. You will also see a walkway along the falls and the world’s longest vertical-slot salmon fish ladder. Migrating adult salmon & steelhead have the ability to access over 57 miles of spawning & rearing habitat because of the fish-way. Heading to the top of the falls, if you look above you, you will see a huge tree being held up by cables. It was quite frightening to look at due to the angle of the tree, but yet a relaxing feeling looking at all the green surrounding it. Do you enjoy fishing? You also have a chance to go fishing here throughout the year. Depending on the time of year you come here to fish, you’ll see the different species that swim through. Check out their migration dates below:

  • Mid July – January: Coho

  • Mid October – Mid December: Chum

  • Mid April – Mid October: Chinook

  • Mid July – October: Pink

  • Winter (December – April) & Summer (April – October): Steelhead

What we enjoyed most about visiting the Granite Falls was how peaceful the walk and falls were. It was not your typical tourist spot with a lot of traffic. Which in turn makes it a relaxing visit to the falls. It is a great place to rejuvenate and calm your mind. The next time we go there, we will be bringing Hennessy with us for a relaxing stroll along the river and to get another glimpse of the Granite Falls.

20 thoughts on “Granite Falls”

    1. Thank you for dropping by to check out the post. It is really beautiful. It’s not a hard and long hike, but the sound of the small waterfalls was very peaceful.

  1. hahaha, I love how sometimes some small, almost random places far away from my homecountry catch my eye! I love the sound and pics of it, but honestly, would you say its a must see for someone from Europe who has never been to the US and comes to Washington?

    1. I don’t think it’s a must see place to go to. But if you love hiking (there are plenty of other trails nearby) it would be a great quick stop to check out.

    1. Thank you. This was actually my first time taking photos of waterfalls. They were small waterfalls but a great way to test out my photography skills.

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