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Falls Creek Falls (Autumn)

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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Elevation: 700 feet

Difficulty: 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.

Popular: Yes

Overall: We definitely recommend this hike, the waterfall is amazing.

Spring Hikes

Hope everyone is enjoying the new season! Here are some of our favorite spring-time hikes 🙂

 

If you’re looking for flowers:

Pittock Mansion

Rowena Crest & Tom McCall Nature Preserve

Lacamas Creek (Camas Lily Field)

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

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Hikes that open in spring or that should be done before it gets too hot:

Larch Mountain

Painted Hills

Smith Rock

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Waterfalls!:

Tunnel Falls

Fairy Falls

Dry Creek Falls

Pool Of The Winds

Falls Creek Falls

Mist Falls

 

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Spring kayaking:

Columbia River Slough

Sturgeon Lake

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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.