This is another hike on the Washington side of the Gorge and it’s definitely worth the extra time crossing the river.
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)
The hike starts from the Falls Creek Falls Lower Trailhead. The well maintained trail winds through a Douglas Fir forest and follows along Falls Creek. After about 3/4 mile you will cross over a suspension bridge. There are a few moderately steep areas after this but they are short and give you great views of the creek.
Around the two mile mark you will cross a foot bridge and head around a large bend. Here is where you will start to hear the roar of Falls Creek Falls. The trail then drops down to a perfect viewing area of the three-tier, 207 foot waterfall. This is a great area to take pictures, eat lunch and relax. This is an out-and-back trail, so head back the way you came in.
If you are sure footed and have done scrambles before we recommend that you take the not very clear boot path thats off to the left of the waterfall. It climbs up the side of the hill (somewhat steeply) and drops you off at the middle tier of the waterfall. It’s absolutely gorgeous up there. The “trail” is very narrow and you must climb over and under fallen trees. Parts of the trail you are just shimmying along a very narrow and almost washed out path, while holding onto roots and rocks. It’s definitely not the hardest scramble we’ve ever done but it should only be done with extreme caution, as it can be dangerous.
Distance: 4 miles
Elevation: 600 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: Most ages. Some areas are fairly steep and may not be best for all ages.
Bathrooms: Yes at the parking area.
Parking Fee: None
Seasons: Snow gates are closed from late fall to early spring.
Overall: Great hike with a nice trail. Couldn’t ask for a prettier waterfall.