Directions: Directions: Take I-84 East to exit 44 (Cascade Locks). Cross the Bridge Of The Gods ($2 toll) and take a right towards Stevenson. Drive for about 6 miles on Highway 14 and take a left on a road signed for Carson (Wind River Road). Take Wind River Road for a little over 14 miles and stay right at the fork in the road. About a half mile later take a right onto FR 3062 for Falls Creek Falls. Follow the dirt road for a little over 2 miles to the trailhead (there are signs for Falls Creek Trails)
We did this hike during the summer- click here to check out the post.
From the parking area follow the trail which starts out fairly wide and runs along the creek. You gradually start heading uphill as the trail narrows a bit and you come to a suspension bridge. You get great views down into the gorge below. Continuing on the creek will now be on your right and there are a few spots that you can get right down next to the creek.
Autumn is of course a rainy season for Washington so the trail was pretty muddy in spots. There were also a lot more seasonal streams that ran across the trail.
You soon start to gain elevation, some parts are pretty steep but it’s not that long. You do have to cross a fairly decent runoff area, but there were plenty of rocks to hop, and no wet feet. Soon you will cross another bridge that takes you over another seasonal stream. This one is very pretty as it flows through moss covered rocks.
Keep following the trail and just a short distance later you will start to hear the roar of Falls Creek Falls. The trail drops down right in front of the waterfall. There are a lot of big rocks here that would be a good place for lunch if you bring a tarp, otherwise they are too wet to sit on. Falls Creek Falls is massive year round but it’s just something else during the rainy seasons. It’s very loud, very full, and VERY impressive!
There is a scramble that we did back in the summer that takes you to the middle tier. We decided to skip it this time because the ground was quite soggy and the rocks and logs were slippery.
The fall colors that were on display was great, just icing on the cake for this great hike.
Distance: 4 miles (easy)
Elevation: 700 feet (moderate)
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: Most ages. There are some steep sections that may be difficult for some.
Bathrooms: Yes at the parking area.
Parking Fee: None
Seasons: The snow gate closes late fall and opens in early spring.