Hike to Falls Creek Falls, Washington

Washington Trailhead 152

Added by Angela Service

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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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

800 Feet



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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2 months ago

Gorgeous Place

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

2 months ago

2 months ago

Easy hike, big reward

The trail to Falls Creek Falls was an easy hike that required little effort - perfect for every age and skill level. The falls are just stunning. I could have sat there for hours watching the water flow over the two tiers. The trail was fairly busy on a Sunday afternoon, but never felt too crowded. Highly recommend!

2 months ago

5 months ago


This is just as incredible as Panther Creek Falls, and the thundering roar of the falls is awesome! The pictures don't do justice of just how big it really is, definitely one of my new favorite falls. The hike in was extremely beautiful as well full of massive trees and interesting small scenes.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Fabulous Hike!

I'm a native of the PNW and just finally did this hike today- my only regret is not doing it sooner! This is such a wonderful hike to do with family and/or friends, and especially with anyone visiting from out of town. Beautiful views and scenery the entire way to the Falls, lots of photo opps. The Falls are so impressive, recommend over many of the popular falls on the Oregon side. We brought some food to enjoy at the picnic table at the end of the hike back. Can't recommend this one enough!

6 months ago

7 months ago

Must See!

Great trail, long walk if the gate is closed, but worth it for sure. If you don't want to walk an addition 3+ miles each way, be sure to go in the summer when the gate is open. If not, this is a great winter hike with a unique falls.

7 months ago

about 1 year ago

A great hike to take with a friend. The tip about the third tier is true, can't see it except from the trail. Furry friends welcome but please keep on a leash. Great write up and photos!

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Amazing hike!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Great trail. As described. Cool on a hot day. We plan to do it in other seasons.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Well shaded, numerous swimming holes (although none at the falls), and overall a great beginner trail to do in the early afternoon. Several large boulders at the falls make for a great place to rest and to have a snack while enjoying the falls

over 1 year ago

Added by Angela Service


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