Lewis River Falls

Kelso, Washington 98626

Lewis River Falls

Lewis River Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"With six waterfalls of consequence along the route, this hike along the Lewis River is a must- do for any self- respecting waterfall lover. The three major cascades of the outing, Upper, Middle, and Lower Lewis River Falls, are all unique and truly headliners in their own right. The lower falls are one of the most accessible, photogenic, and visited falls in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. And justifiably so.

Begin by making your way down to the water. There are a number of trails that depart from this area. Some official, some unofficial. Pick one and head down to the water. Once you join the main path paralleling the river, make a right and quickly arrive at Lower Lewis River Falls. There are a couple of viewpoints along this stretch that offer good views of the very photogenic cascade. Back on the main path, begin hiking upriver."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press)
Paul Gerald
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"From the trailhead in the picnic area, follow a trail that starts just left of the restrooms. In 100 yards, turn right to reach several viewpoints above Lower Falls, one of the most dramatic falls around. The water looks like it’s spilling off a shelf, and in fact it is— this is the edge of an ancient lava flow. Over the next stretch of trail, you’re walking around the campground, so there are a lot of trails. Turning left will send you into the campground, but turning right will offer several opportunities to get down to the river. Once you’re safely above the falls, you’ll find some nice swimming spots." Read more
Hiking Washington's Goat Rocks Country (Falcon Guides)
Fred Barstad
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"Hike along the crystal-clear Lewis River through magnificent old-growth forest, passing three large and spectacular waterfalls. Old growth Douglas fir, western red cedar, and western hemlock line the path as you hike along, close to Quartz Creek. Children need to be monitored closely near all of the waterfall and cliff areas." Read more

Lewis River Falls Reviews

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I advise that you start at the North Trailhead on Germantown Road as it is does not draw anywhere near the crowd that hikes near Pittock Mansion. The different types of trees and flowers makes this the best city hike in America. It is hard to believe you are within walking distance of downtown. Everyone shuld walk this trail.
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A fun trail for the short distance (15 mins) to the trailhead. Several people on the trails and an easy hike makes it a good hike for rec. use. Plenty of different trails that go anywhere from a few miles to a 27-mile hike from the trailhead on the furthest Western point, all the way to the Oregon Zoo.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-4 hours
Swimming, Camping
Additional Use
Waterfalls, Views
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt. St. Helens Ranger District, Amboy, WA; www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=32340; (360) 449-7800
Local Contacts
DeLorme Washington Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 88 D4
Local Maps

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Dec 2018