Falls Creek Falls (Summer)

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.

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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.

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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

Difficulty: Moderate

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.

Popular: Yes

Overall: Great hike with a nice trail. Couldn’t ask for a prettier waterfall.

5 thoughts on “Falls Creek Falls (Summer)

  1. Toby Traylor

    We moved here about 8 months ago, and have been averaging two hikes a week since we’ve been here. we have done the majority of the “known” waterfall hikes, and I put this one at the TOP of my list! What’s not mentioned here is that there are two more levels that can be hiked/scrambled to. NOT family friendly but very much worth the extra effort!

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    1. Hikelandia Post author

      We’ve read about those scrambles, we’ll definitely have to check them out the next time we’re at the falls.
      We put this falls at the top of our list too. Top 5 for sure!

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