Lewis River Falls Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cougar, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Possible to make a 7-mile loop hike, out and back along this 3.5-mile long trail touring the three colossal waterfalls on this trail. Park by the restrooms. A gravel trail sets off; after 100 years, take a right-hand fork to heard to an overlook of Lower Falls. Continue on the riverbank upstream, ignore all left-hand forks, after half a mile the gravel path turns to duff. After another mile, cross a footbridge; you can take a left here for a half-mile loop to Copper Creek's other waterfall, which you may save for the return trip. Continue along the Lewis River past Middle Falls to Upper Falls; the final 0.7 mile of the Lewis River Trail passes humble Taitnapum Falls and follows Quartz Creek to a bridge on Road 90.
One of my favorites! You hike through the forest and along the river, so it's shady and, at times, very steep. Definitely keep close tabs on your kiddos on this trail, and definitely bring swim clothes! The water is irresistible and there's plenty of access points at lower falls. And watch out for mountain bikers! Pit toilets with no sinks. A few pick nick tables at lower falls. Dog friendly.
Beautiful trail through the woods and along the river. Spectacular waterfall views! The trail from lower falls to the middle falls parking lot is moderate, with the end a bit doggy as you hike up a loose rock pile. The stretch from there to Middle Falls is steeper and slower. We didn't make it to Upper Falls because the trail was muddy or covered by debris in places. The entire experience was gorgeous and I'll definitely return. My biggest regret: I didn't pack a bathing suit. You must go swimming at Lower Falls!
One bad ass spot to swim jump or go floating down the river pretty clean park Good camping spots the hike is nothing lower falls is right next to the parking lot I would recommend getting there by 930 am its 1 hr 50 min from Vancouver if not you'll have no spot to park or sit the park fills up fast Middle falls has a quarter mile hike and smaller parking lot which detours the crowds but its a way better spot than lower falls again show up early it fills up fast
the best hike to the best waterfalls
Terrific hike with plenty of spots to jump in the water! Highly recommend!
Lee and Laura T.
Relaxing, something for everyone
Spent last weekend at the lower campground - loved hearing the falls all night long in the camper. Saturday we hiked all the way to the horse camp and enjoyed the many sights along the way. The road is a bit rough in a few spots but slow down and it is worth it once you get there. Saw many wildlife, the falls are amazing and the campground was cool. Cant wait to go again
The road near the trailhead has a few unmarked undulations that are at times fairly severe, so be mindful and keep an eye out. Easy hike with a few rolling hills, but beautiful views of the river and multiple waterfalls. This was a bit of a drive from Portland for a relatively short day hike, but I'd like to return and camp nearby to see a few additional trails. The main trail has a detour near Middle Falls due to slide, but the detour is brief. Upper Falls is spectacular and if you're up for a short scramble, offers a chilly swim. Dog-friendly.
Tried to do this hike on 05/07/2016 coming down from the north side on FR25 THE ROAD IS CLOSED AND WASHED OUT. Could not hike it this weekend, really disappointed. Will try again soon, just wanted others to know about the road.