About twenty-five minutes North of the Cascade Locks, an easy out-and-back day hike to a spectacular three tiered waterfall awaits you. Falls Creek Falls, just past Carson, WA, in the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest, is a hike that any waterfall-chaser will love.

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.

SRC: You can find complete directions and additional information here: www.theoutbound.com/washington/hiking/hike-to-falls-creek-falls-washington

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