Franklin Ghost Town Hike

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Franklin Ghost Town Hike

May 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT


Franklin Ghost Town Hike
Sunday, May 12th, 2024 ~ 11am – 1pm
(Mother’s Day)

Activity Lead:
Taylor Richards / (206).741.4513 / [email protected]

Meeting Location:
Franklin Ghost Town (Paradise River Access)
33317 SE Green River Gorge Rd
Black Diamond, WA 98010

Parking is $5 on a Private Field.
(See Special Instructions Below for Directions)

Hike Description:
Come along on a family friendly Mother’s Day hike to Franklin Ghost Town! Now nearly 100 years later, some remnants of Franklin’s past can still be found. Your journey to the town site begins by following a gentle, old railroad grade along the Green River near Black Diamond. It’s an easy walk up to a large coal cart bearing the town’s name. Towards the cemetery you can see the mineshaft, now safely sealed with a grate to prevent you from falling over 1,000 feet to the bottom. Follow the narrow footpath beyond to discover the powerhouse foundation, and cemetery.

Hike Details:
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Highest Point: 800 feet
Required for Parking: $5

Special Instructions: 

! Please be aware there is little to no cell reception at the parking lot or trailhead

! Any communication with the Activity Lead should be done at least 60 minutes in advance of the start time.

! Bring water and snacks as needed — this is a short and gentle hike but practice preparation and good habits.

! 10 Essentials — Get in the good practice of packing your 10 Essentials for all hikes

! Listed Directions:

  • From Seattle, drive I-90 East to exit 25 for Highway 18.
  • Turn right on Highway 18.
  • Take exit SE 231st Street toward WA-169/Maple Valley.
  • Turn south on SE 231st Street.
  • Turn right onto WA-169 S / Maple Valley – Black Diamond Road SE.
  • Follow for about 6.5 miles.
  • Turn left on Lawson Street.
  • Follow the road as its name changes to Franklin Howard Rd then SE Green River Gorge Road.
  • Parking is $5 on a private field on the right side just before the Green River Gorge Bridge.
  • The trailhead is on the far side of the field with a yellow vehicle gate.


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Learn More at Washington Trail Association


Need a ride?
Please contact the Activity Lead at least 72 hours prior to the event
or ask for a ride on our Recovery Beyond Community FB Group page!

Email: [email protected]
Call: (253)  778 – 6161


May 12
11:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
Event Category:


Recovery Beyond


Franklin Ghost Town
33317 SE Green River Gorge Rd.
Black Diamond, 98010 United States
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