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Lower Falls Creek Trail

Southwest Washington

Location

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA
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Length

3.4 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1410 ft.

Rating

3.80 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

Discover a waterfall utopia with triple the falls and a wonderful place to put down your pack, enjoy some snacks and snap some incredible photos.

Though a busy trail, Lower Falls Creek is less popular than other waterfall hikes in the area, and the triple falls are just incredible. The turnaround point of the trail is a perfect picnicking opportunity, staying cool in the warm summer months.

From the trailhead, step onto Falls Creek Trail 152A. A few hundred feet from the trailhead, arrive at a T intersection and turn right. Left is the way to the longer, more challenging Falls Creek Trail 152.

Head gently uphill along rushing Falls Creek, full of mossy rocks and fallen trees. It’s a short hike, just 1.5 miles to the base of the waterfall. You’ll travel through a young forest, just a handful of decades old, and cross Falls Creek before arriving at a cable suspension bridge spanning a rocky gorge. This provides stunning waterfall views, but be safe on it – no jumping or bouncing, please!

Less than a mile further on, you’ll arrive at the waterfall. Be aware that a creek crossing before the falls can be tricky during early season melts.

The longest, “hardest” part of the hike is just finding the trailhead, but once you get there, the rest of the experience is fun and relatively easy. It doesn’t get more picturesque. And an added bonus; the walk back is mostly a gentle downhill grade.

WTA Pro Tip: The Carson Hot Springs are a great way to relax, soaking in a bath of hot mineral water and then enjoying a relaxing wrap!

 

Lower Falls Creek Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.9080, -121.9475 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

Falls Creek Falls (#152A)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: South Cascades (Mountaineers - Nelson)

Green Trails No. 397 Wind River

Getting There

From White Salmon, drive west on Highway 14 for 17 miles. Turn right onto Hot Springs Avenue and continue for 2 miles, through the town of Carson, to a junction with the Wind River Highway. Turn right onto Wind River Highway and proceed for 8.6 miles to the little community of Stabler and the junction with Forest Road 43, also called Hemlock Road.

Continue straight ahead for another 5.4 miles as the Wind River Highway becomes FR 30. Pass a fish hatchery on the left, a half mile past that, come to a fork in the road.

Turn right, continuing north on FR30 for another 0.8 miles and arrive at another fork. Turn right, onto Forest Road 3062 and follow it another 2.4 miles until you come to a spur off this road on your right numbered FR 057. Turn right onto this spur and follow it a short distance to the parking area and trailhead for this hike.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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