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Skamania County, Washington

Hike to Falls Creek Falls, Washington

4 Miles Total - 800 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally 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.

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
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Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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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!

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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.

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!

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