Falls Creek Falls
Central Gorge, Washington
Falls Creek Falls (photographer: Micheal Drewry)
Trail Description Driving Directions
Trail Alert, Nov 28, 2018: From December 1 - March 31 the gate will be closed (which is two miles from the trailhead) for winter wildlife protection.
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.
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- Type: Out and back
- Distance: 3.4 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain: 700 feet
- Difficulty: Easy
- Family Friendly: Yes
- Restrooms: Yes
- Trailhead Pass: No
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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.
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