Falls Creek Falls Trail 152a

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Distance1.5mi
Elevation Gain1,027ft
Trailhead Elevation1,413ft
Top2,088ft
Elevation Min/Max1413/2088ft
Elevation Start/End1413/1413ft

Falls Creek Falls Trail 152a

Falls Creek Falls Trail 152a is a hiking trail in Skamania County, Washington. It is within Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 1,413 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,027 feet. The trail ends near the Falls Creek Falls cliff. This trail connects with the following: 152 - 152a Connector and Falls Creek Trail 152b.

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Hiking Washington's Mount Adams Country (Falcon Guides)
Fred Barstad
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"Hike a lowland canyon to one of the best waterfalls to be found. This trail is open to mountain bikes as well as hikers. GPS units seem to have a hard time receiving in this canyon. Soon the trace traverses below short cliffs to reach the viewpoint near the base of the beautiful, three-stage Falls Creek Falls. The elevation at the viewpoint is about 2,000 feet, and you are 1.7 miles from the Falls Creek Falls trailhead. There is some exposure at the viewpoint so if you have children with you, watch them closely. Moss-covered rocks line the falls, behind the mist, and maidenhair ferns grow from the cracks." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press)
Paul Gerald
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"The trail starts out flat through forest that’s less than 60 years old, passing among huckle berry, Oregon grape, and Douglas-fir. Not much to see here, but at least you don’t have to work hard. A hundred yards in, ignore Trail #152 on the left and continue up Trail #152A. (If you’re doing the loop to the top of the falls, you’ll see #152 later.) After 0.5 mile, you’ll traverse meadows with a view of an interesting rock formation to the left. In this area you will also find western larch, which normally grows east of the mountains. You won’t notice this unless you visit in October, when its needles turn a dramatic gold. Soon after this, you’ll cross Falls Creek on a suspension bridge over a narrow gorge; look for some cool round, water-formed rock faces." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"A superb three-tiered waterfall lures the hiker at the end of a riverside trail. Listen. The sound of the creek from below the trail, beside it, and above it will cue your family to the nearness of the rapids and the waterfall. Have the kids listen carefully and guess how close they are to the cataract." Read more

Falls Creek Falls Trail 152a Reviews

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10/6/2013
The trail guide is mildly misleading about the roads; 1 sign was knocked down, and "left" really meant "right". So be open to that and just pay attention - you'll get there. And the drive and back roads are well worth it, but maybe not in a low-rider (lots of four-wheel worthy potholes). Trail parallels Fall Creek, and at top of the trail great views! Not an unknown trail for sure, for bikes and hikers alike. Highly recommended.
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10/1/2012
Beautiful secluded hike along a creek with an amazing waterfall at the end. Best waterfall I've ever seen! The trail is easy, as a beginner hiker in my late forties, I had no problem completing the hike. The trail is a gorgeous walk along the creek under a canopy of trees. Bring a picnic, there are many places to stop along the trail, by the creek and even a spot by the waterfall. I wish I lived closer, I would hike this trail every weekend.
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6/25/2011
A very beautiful river hike culminating at the spectacular Big Creek Falls. Falls were VERY busy, but the trail wasn't crowded (nor was the "upper" trailhead, which is actually downstream of the "lower trailhead").
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7/7/2010
Absolutely beautiful. It is a short hike, only about 1.8 miles in, and the 650 foot gain in elevation may make it difficult for smaller children, but it is awesome. There is a nice river that runs along the trail most of the way and the forrest offers nice cover on a warm day. And the falls, I read that they look like something out of The Lord of the Rings and it really is true. They are great. I highly recommend this hike to anyone in the Portland area.
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8/22/2009
This was my third time hiking this trail once each season, winter, spring, and fall. And it was very drastic the difference from the winter/spring to end of summer. It is still amazing anytime so scenic and enormous trees any visiting family will be impressed. But I felt it was way more impressive during the Winter and then secondly during the spring, just due to the amount of water and output of the waterfalls, and just all the other minature streams and stuff that just wasnt even there during the end of the summer. The falls were weaker and less impressive after seeing them during the winter when they were exploding with power.
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5/28/2009
I have done this trip several times. We usually stay at one of those campgrounds just prior to Tunnel Falls. No matter who I bring, they are always impressed beyond belief with the beauty of the whole hike.
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8/26/2008
My wife and I hit this trail to kick off our new backpacking hobby. Neither of us have much hiking experience but found this trail both beautiful and a little challenging. We packed about 25-30 lbs each and camped at about 7 miles in. It took us about 2 hours. (I realize now that we carried too much). The trail provided amazing views of Eagle Creek sometimes from 80 foot cliffs. Not for those with a fear of heights. The falls were beautiful and the trees were mossy. I was a surprised at how many people were there on a Tuesday though. We passed another party roughly every 10 minutes. We spoke with one hiker who came from the lake (14 or so miles in). I'd like to go back and see if we can make it that far in.
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6/24/2007
One of my first and one of my favorite Oregon hikes. If it is mossy green goodness you seek then look no longer. In Spring the canyon walls are dripping wet. The waterfalls range from serene to raging and the waters are crystal clear.
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9/23/2006
If there is a trail "masterpiece," this would be it. I did a quick solo backpack up Eagle Creek Trail over a couple of days in late September 2006. It has been about 9 years since I've hiked here and it's still a spectacular trail. The views are fantastic. The trail is very well designed and maintained. Eagle Creek should be a required visit for those who design future trails, cause they got this one right when it was build back around 1910. All the things a backpack wants are there. Eagle Creek trail has never ending beauty, excellent camp areas, water is almost always near. My first camp (Friday) was near the Wy East area, about 4.5 miles in. The next day I hiked the short distance to 7 1/2 mile camp and just spend a day in the forest. Exploring Eagle Creek, next to my camp, was very cool! There are at least 5 great campsites at this location. I noticed 6-8 other backpacking parties along the trail as I hiked out early Sunday morning. Much is said about the big crowds here, but most of the crowd is dayhikers who hike only to Punchbowl viewpoint, which is about 2 miles in. I highly recommend you see Tunnel Falls, 6 miles in. This area is the most beautiful I've ever seen on a trail!
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6/19/2006
My family was not prepared for the beauty of these falls - really much more impressive than any of the falls on the busy Gorge trails. Though rated "moderate" for children, my preschooler and school-aged child had not problems hiking into the falls and back out. Highly recommended!
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Trail Information

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Nearby City
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Camping
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
Features
Mount Adams Ranger District, 509-395-3400, www.fs.usda.gov/giffordpinchot
Local Contacts
Green Trails Map 397 (Wind River).
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018