7 Interesting Facts about Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie FallsSnoqualmie Falls is a majestic waterfall located in the State of Washington. The waterfall measures 268 feet in length from top to bottom and often blinds anyone that dares to come too close with its overpowering spray.

Here are 7 interesting facts about Snoqualmie Falls:

1. Since appearing on Twin Peaks, one of the most popular television shows during the 1990s, tourists have marked this particular spot as one of the best places to visit in Washington State.

2. Snoqualmie Falls received over 1.5 million visitors until 2011. Most use this chance to snag a few pictures, but others, especially international tourists flock to the observation deck to gaze at the 2 acre park where the falls is centered.

3. Snoqualmie Falls is the center of the residents’ culture because of the burial site and the story of the original man and woman of creation. It is a highly spiritual place for those in the know and they believe that this is a place where they can pray and have them carried to the great Creator through the mist created by the extremely powerful water flow.

4. Snoqualmie Falls lodge was an historic place of wonder. It overlooked the falls and was built back in 1919. In the early days, they provided exceptional, personal care to each visitor. However, since 1988, things have changed. The former owners did not have the chance to renew their lease and the lodge was redeveloped. Today, the Salish Lodge and Spa sits on this location. But, it still remains quite famous, again, thanks to Twin Peaks. This building was shot in several episodes as the infamous Great Northern Hotel.

5. Since hiking is one of the fun things to do around Seattle, many flock here since the waterfall is only 100 yards or less from visitors parking. They can easily find a number of trials including one that has views of the falls along with a rainforest and scant wildlife. Unfortunately, because of the constant tourists, it is rare to see many animals.

6. The falls actually flow over an extinct volcano more than 20 million years old. A team of geologists recently located volcanic rock that was tested and proved. Previously, most believed the volcanic rock was attributed to Mount Persis, but they now know differently.

7. Tourism dropped 35% starting in 2011 because of the redevelopment project, which is not scheduled to end until 2013. However, there are still wonderful views if you travel to the observation platform, located in Snoqualmie Falls Park.