Falls Creek Falls
Central Gorge, Washington
Falls Creek Falls (photographer: Micheal Drewry)
alert Trail Alert, May 27, 2020: Many trails in the Columbia Gorge are currently closed to the public due to the social distancing measures enacted by local and state health officials in Oregon and Washington. Friends of the Columbia Gorge is urging all members of the to public to stay local and give Gorge trails a break. If you can get to a neighborhood recreation spot by walking or biking, even better. Check the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department or Washington State Parks websites for additional information and breaking updates.

Hike Details
Type:
Out and back
Distance:
3.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
700 feet
Difficulty:
Easy
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
Yes
Restrooms:
Yes
Trailhead Pass:
No
Trail Details
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Beginning at the end of Road 3062, this trail follows Falls Creek, climbing through a 30 to 60 year old forest for about 1 1/2 miles. A cable suspension bridge spans a rock gorge providing spectacular views of the white water of Falls Creek. Continue uphill for 0.7 miles, crossing a creek, to the base of the waterfall. Be prepared to get wet! The creek can be deep in the early seasons.

We recommend coupling this hike with nearby Panther Creek Falls.

Driving Directions

Falls Creek Falls Trailhead: Take I-84 to Exit #44/Cascade Locks. Cross over Bridge of the Gods ($2 toll) and turn right onto WA Hwy 14. In about 5.5 miles turn left/north at the Carson exit/Wind River Road/Hwy 30 (blinking yellow light). Continue just under 15 miles north on this Hwy. Watch speed limits in some sections; it slows to 35 mph. Watch for the Carson Fish Hatchery (2nd one) on your left. After MP 14, you'll come to a Y intersection with Mineral Springs Rd straight ahead. Veer right continuing on Wind River Rd for less than a mile; watch for the sign for Falls Creek trails and Road #3062. Turn right on this gravel road driving two miles taking you directly to the graveled parking lot at the trailhead. Restroom located at the trailhead. Restroom stops: - On the OR side, at the Bridge of the Gods/Dry Creek Falls trailhead. - On the WA side, where Hwy 14 & Bridge of the Gods intersect at Skamania County's Visitor Center (summer only outhouse). - At the Texaco at the far end of Carson across from the lumber mill.