Lower Falls Creek Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews

Lower Falls Creek Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Carson, WA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles 865 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

From the 4-way stop in Carson, drive 13.4 miles north on Wind River Road. Turn right onto County Road 30 (Meadow Creek Road) and drive 0.8 miles to Forest Road 3062. Turn right (east), and drive 1.8 miles to the trailhead. The 3062 road is closed from December 1 to April 1 making the total hike 8.6 miles from the gate.

hiking
18 days ago

wasn't expecting much but oh my this was an amazing hike. nothing strenuous but such a gorgeous trail. looks like an enchanted forest. so nice to have the creek the entire way leading to the ultimate sight! the lower creek falls even has boulders to sit and enjoy the view.

3 months ago

Incredible pay off for such a short hike.

4 months ago

Trail was a bit difficult in some areas. Glad I use trekking poles. Waterfall is stunning.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful falls. Our 4 year old walked the entire trail. Gradual incline. Great for families.

hiking
5 months ago

this hike is worth hiking in to see the falls, very beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike with a hidden gem of a falls. Nice hike for someone just starting out or not in shape.

1 year ago

Amazing!

hiking
1 year ago

I've completed this hike a couple of times--once in summer and once in late November (a week or two before the road gets gated off). Great trail, easy to do with dogs or kids. Going in late fall was amazing--there had recently been a cold snap so there was a lot of ice surrounding the falls. Just be aware of the change in temperature, from home (Western end of the Gorge, elv1000ft) up to the trailhead the temp fell 10+ degrees.

hiking
1 year ago

Amazingly beautiful follows the river all the way wasn't crowded!! Loved it!!

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Nice hike, with some good views of the creek along the way. The waterfall at the end makes the journey well worth it. The last two miles of road to get to the parking lot are mud and loose rocks, but other than that it was awesome.

hiking
1 year ago

Visited with a big group of friends today...we all loved it! Gorgeous forest and breathtaking waterfall, complete with natural air conditioning. :)

hiking
1 year ago

Super easy to get to and short, especially when caring a 30lbs toddler on your back! Recommended for families! And the parking is not actually closed during that time, we hiked it beginning of February and had no problem parking at the trail-head.

hiking
1 year ago

Easy hike with an unexpectedly spectacular waterfall at the end. I mean, even though you've seen the photos and it's called Falls Creek, it's still totally awesome. The road is closed Dec 1 to Apr 1 which makes it close to 9 miles but if you can park in the parking lot it's only 3.8 miles round trip

hiking
1 year ago

Took advantage of the awesome unseasonably warm weather to do this hike again. I completed it back in December of 2013 when it was frozen and loved it then. This year the little frozen trickle streams were flowing strong. Weather was perfect and the falls were amazing.

When you head out on Windy River road you will come to a point at about 12.5mi where you can go straight or bank right...bank right and go a couple more miles up. You will see rd 3062 on the right with a sign that says falls creek.

hiking
2 years ago

A friend of mine and I hiked Falls Creek Falls Trail 152A from the parking lot to the end of the trail which ends at the lower falls. We were not disappointed. Both avid photographers, we took several hours to climb the 1.7 miles or so because there was so much we felt was worthy of photographing on the way up to the falls themselves. The trail traverses several bridges which provide great viewpoints of Falls Creek and additionally, several flat, almost-campground-like plateaus also exist along the trail where we stopped to mull over our photographs and take short snack breaks. The trail itself goes through tall grass fields, several low-grade rocky areas, and through thick old growth forest. The wide variety of scenery makes this a photographer's paradise.

The falls themselves are also fantastic. We had thought due to the late season, the falls might be a little weak, but like I said, we were not disappointed.

2 years ago

Easy morning hike!! We brought our puppy and had a great time at the waterfall.

hiking
2 years ago

Lovely short trail with magnificent waterfall as your prize. We spotted a river otter in the bottom pool swimming and diving. Easy kid hike (5+?) go on a hot day and jump in the clear cold river pools!

mountain biking
2 years ago

The directions on this website are wrong. Here are more accurate directions for driving:
Driving Directions:

From Carson, drive 15 miles north on Wind River Road. Turn right onto County Road 30(Meadow Creek Road) and drive to Forest Road 3062. Turn right (east), and drive 1.8 miles to the trailhead.

hiking
2 years ago

Great hike!! Hope to be able to do it again soon. Not only were the falls fantastic, there were many different places along the way to enjoy Mother Nature!!

Hiker beware: The Forest Service road is actually 3062 and it is 15 miles north of Carson, not 9!! (We spent one whole day searching for the trailhead!!)