Snoqualmie Falls


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Fans of the Twin Peaks television series will recognize this picture of the Salish Lodge above Snoqualmie Falls. The towns of Snoqualmie and nearby North Bend were the primary shooting locations for the show, and the Salish Lodge appears in the opening credits as the fictional Great Northern Hotel.

The town of Snoqualmie is only a 40-minute drive from Seattle and makes an easy afternoon outing from our downtown apartment. The spectacular flow and their proximity to Seattle draws many visitors. Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington State, with about 1.5 million visitors per year. After spending time at the falls, we capped off the afternoon with a delicious tasting flight at Snoqualmie Falls Brewery.

Below are highlights from February 11th, 2022. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a map with our most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps.

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Bellevue
View to downtown Bellevue with the Cascade Mountains beyond, as we cross the I-90 bridge on a short trip to visit Snoqualmie Falls. We lived in Belleuve before moving aboard. The city has really grown since we left, with still more new buildings under construction.
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Snoqualmie Falls
Spectacular 268-ft (82m) Snoqualmie Falls viewed from one of the upper observation decks.
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Old and New
A new tree growing on an old stump along the trail to the Snoqualmie falls lower observation deck. The trail is steep, but short and scenic.
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Turbine
Power generation first began at Snoqualmie Falls in 1899. This Francis-style turbine, manufactured by Voith Hydro, was used in the second plant that was completed in 1910. The design is ideally suited to the net head conditions (vertical distance between the intake and the turbine) at Snoqualmie.
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Penstock
This second penstock was constructed at Snoqualmie Falls in 1957 to meet increased demand. At this point, the plant could generate 44.4 MW. After additional upgrades in 2010, the plant currently has a capacity of 53.9 MW.
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Falls from Bottom
The view to Snoqualmie Falls from the lower observation deck.
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Snoqualmie River
The 45-mile (72 km) long Snoqualmie River drains from the western Cascade Mountains through Snoqualmie Falls and eventually flows into the Puget Sound near Everett as a tributary of the Snohomish River.
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Salish Lodge
Fans of the Twin Peaks television series will recognize this scene of the Salish Lodge above Snoqualmie Falls. The towns of Snoqualmie and nearby North Bend were the primary shooting locations for the show, and the Salish Lodge appears in the opening credits as the fictional Great Northern Hotel.
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Snoqualmie Falls Brewery
A delicious tasting flight enjoyed along the balcony at Snoqualmie Falls Brewery.
Show locations on map Click the travel log icon on the left to see these locations on a map. And a map of our most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps.

 
 


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