Hike to Shadow and Fern Falls

Fern Falls and Shadow Falls Parking Area - Search Nearby - Added by Rachel Christiansen

Hike through a beautiful inland temperate rainforest in the Coeur d'Alene National Forest. Enjoy gorgeous, picturesque waterfalls. Want to make this an overnight adventure? There's a nearby campground is peaceful and isolated.

See both Fern Falls, just 0.2 mile from the parking lot, and Shadow Falls (20-25 ft tall), a beautiful cascade among moss-covered rocks. A footbridge takes you behind the falls, as well.

These waterfalls are best photographed in the early morning hours or at dusk and twilight, before the sun has seeped above the mountains. This is especially relevant if you want to photograph with an extended shutter speed.

The road to the falls is not the easiest to find, so follow the signs and pay close attention to forest road numbers. Also note that the road to the falls is fairly rough, but fun if you like driving high into the mountains.

There is plenty of camping, fishing, rock climbing, and hiking in the area. Historic Wallace, right off the interstate, is a great place to eat and talk to the locals. The Fainting Goat is recommended for dinner and a fine glass of wine, or there is a local brewery, as well.

Come back in the winter for snowboarding/skiing at Lookout Pass, Silver Mountain, or Schweitzer. Northern Idaho is a great place to play.

Distance

1.2 Miles RT

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Scenic
Waterfall

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Great Spring Runoff Action

Beautiful hike, even if there was a still a little snow on the ground we weren't prepared for. The road is slightly overgrown, not suitable for a rig you wouldn't want a little Idaho pinstriping down the side. Our three kids made it up and back with plenty of energy to spare.

Pretty

We went during the end of April and there was too much snow over the path to drive. So we walked about 4.6 miles to the falls and back. It was super pretty, but the waterfall wasn't as big as expected.

Pristine

A place that'll entertain the kiddos and inspire all adults. Nice walk in, not tough.... lots of scenery to take in.

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