Lower Falls Creek Trail

Stabler, Washington

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One-hundred-foot Upper Falls may be this hike’s key attraction, but it’s by no means the only one. The thick forest along the lower half of the trail shelters plump huckleberries in the autumn and clumps of beargrass in the early summer. The waterfall comes into view about 2 miles into the hike, and you find a wide, deep pool of crystal-clear water just above the falls. Local populations of white-tailed deer and elk frequent this 50-foot-wide pool, and there is a beaver den along the shore—don’t be surprised if the big wood eaters make themselves scarce, but you might hear them slipping into the water and signaling their family with a loud ker-splashing slap of the tail. Lounge around the pool, admire the thundering falls, and explore the surrounding area before returning the way you came.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

One-hundred-foot Upper Falls may be this hike’s key attraction, but it’s by no means the only one. The thick forest along the lower half of the trail shelters plump huckleberries in the autumn and clumps of beargrass in the early summer. The waterfall comes into view about 2 miles into the hike, and you find a wide, deep pool of crystal-clear water just above the falls.

Local populations of white-tailed deer and elk frequent this 50-foot-wide pool, and there is a beaver den along the shore—don’t be surprised if the big wood eaters make themselves scarce, but you might hear them slipping into the water and signaling their family with a loud ker-splashing slap of the tail. Lounge around the pool, admire the thundering falls, and explore the surrounding area before returning the way you came.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stabler
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Late May-November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,400 feet
Top Elevation: 2,200 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 397 Wind River
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Falls Creek Trail

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