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Viewing the Twin Falls requires a 3.8-mile round-trip hike.
Viewing the Twin Falls requires a 3.8-mile round-trip hike. Staff writer

Twin Falls

HIKE DESCRIPTION: The 135-foot Twin Falls is a popular destination for hikers in the North Bend area.

From the Homestead Valley Trailhead, follow the Iron Horse Trail west to the intersection with the Twin Falls Trail. The trail descends to the falls through old-growth forest.

Like all good waterfall hikes, you’ll hear your destination before you see it. The South Fork of the Snoqualmie River plummets dramatically over the falls. A bridge about 1.7 miles from the trailhead allows an overhead look. But don’t stop here.

Keep following the path to the closure, then descend the steps to an overlook perfect for taking pictures of the lower falls.

When you’re done taking photos and bemoaning the graffiti left on the handrails, return the way you came. Most of the uphill hiking has been saved for the return trip.

DIRECTIONS: From eastbound Interstate 90, take Exit 38 and turn south on Homestead Valley Road. Take the first right in 0.1 miles and make the short drive on the gravel road to the trailhead.

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (5 is most difficult, 1 is easiest).

MILES ROUND TRIP: 3.8.

ELEVATION GAIN: 1,200 feet.

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR: Year round.

MAP: Green Trails 205S: Snoqualmie Valley.

PASS: $10 per day, $30 per year Discover Pass.

ALSO: The traditional starting point for this hike (the version you’ll see in guide books) is closed until trail repairs can be made. Approaching from the east means a little more uphill hiking. Dogs are permitted on the trail. Stay alert on the Iron Horse Trail. It is popular area for cyclists, some of whom travel quite fast. Horse riders also use the trail. The Iron Horse Trail runs more than 100 miles from the Rattlesnake Lake area to the Columbia River. A geoache is hidden near the trailhead. Hikers are reminded to stay on the trails.

INFO: parks.wa.gov.

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