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Snoqualmie, S. Fork    2. Lower Canyon (aka Franky's)™ ©
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   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from SF SNOQUALMIE RIVER AB ALICE at 7/15/2020 3:18:35 PM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
SF SNOQUALMIE RIVER AB ALICE n/a 10.82  105 cfs  USGS - NWIS 07-15-2020 14:15:00
Minimum Recomended Level:  400 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  1000 cfs 

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   Run Description

There are two back-to-back waterfalls downstream of Franklin Falls that are a worthy addition to a trip to Fall-in-the-Wall. The first is around fifteen feet and requires a right-to-left move. The second is a very straightforward twenty-footer that is best run on the right. I would call this one of the best park-and-hucks in the area. A short distance downstream of the two falls there is a logjam that renders the next section of the canyon unrunnable (June 2011). Scout where you are going to climb out before committing!
500 cfs on the gauge was a good, filled-in flow for the two waterfalls. They would be runnable with more water but the hole at the base of the first could become more of an issue.
The best way to scout this section is from the trail that follows the canyon on river left. It can be accessed from the Denny Creek Campground (one mile downstream of Franklin Falls) or about half a mile upstream of the campground where the road gets very close to the trail. This a short distance downstream on the road that is the normal FITW putin/takeout.
Park at the turnout where the trail meets the road, hike a short distance up the trail, and scramble down to scout the falls. The easiest put-in is at Franklin Falls. There are a few manky drops before you get to the waterfalls. Hike out almost immediately after you run the falls. Downstream is the log-choke, a tall waterfall that lands on rocks, a manky looking ten-footer, and then a rapid leading to the campground.
If you are running FITW and want to continue downstream to this section, simply walk through the forest on river left from the base of the drop directly above Franklin Falls. After a bit you can hike down and you’ll hit the trail that leads to Franklin Falls.


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