Lewis River Falls

Kelso, Washington 98626

Lewis River Falls

Lewis River Falls Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Lewis River Falls Professional Reviews and Guides

"Here’s a pleasant, mostly flat stroll along a beautiful river with three dramatic waterfalls. Chances are they’re unlike most falls you’ve ever seen. The long drive to the trailhead is worth it, especially if you get a campsite at the Lower Lewis River Falls Recreation Area and make a night of it."

"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."

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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

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Trail Type
Skill Level
2-4 hours
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
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