Hike to Falls Creek Falls, Washington

Trailhead 152

This hike through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest leads to a 220-foot, three tiered waterfall.

The trail to Falls Creek Falls is well maintained with a few short moderately steep areas. The trail hugs the creek for the first mile, and takes you through old growth trees for the second mile. Once the falls are in sight, make sure to stop and look up to see the top tier through the trees. It's not visible otherwise. The trail ends with with an impressive view of the middle and lower tier.

If you're feeling adventurous and don't mind the spray from the falls, scramble to the small ledge below for a different perspective and photo op. Back at the top, you can get to the base of the middle tier, over the giant rocks, under some fallen trees, and up a steep path of loose dirt and exposed roots. It requires a little more skill, but so worth it.

Keep in mind that the road is closed from Dec 1st - April 1st, so if you go during that time, add an extra 4 miles to the hike.

The Falls Creek Falls Trail head #152 is located 15 miles north of Carson, Washington off Wind River Highway.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Hiking boots
  • Trekking poles (optional)
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 800 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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Amazing hike

This was an amazing hike! It’s not very difficult and it’s beautiful every step of the way. When you get to the falls it’s a nice place to chill and have a snack. Take some pictures and then head back. The dense forest is so stunning!

Quick hike to a stunning waterfall

Did this hike with my dad in a little less than 2 hours. There wasn't too much elevation and gain and the trail was well maintained. This was a great autumn hike with plenty of fall colors along the trail. Once you get to the falls, there are a few different viewpoints to see the falls. In terms of crowds, we went on a Friday and maybe saw 10 people along the trail. If you're worried about losing service and navigation, as you head into the forrest on Wind River Rd (from PDX), there will be a sign on the right-hand side pointing to the trailhead. Also, we made the drive in a rental camry, so low clearance is possible, but with how many potholes there are in the last mile, higher clearance would have been nice.

Gorgeous Place

If you guys want to be amazed check this place out.


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