Purcell Falls Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Packwood, WA that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and camping. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
posted CAUTION notice "The Purcell Falls Trail is steep and narrow. The upper portion is "way trail" and not a formal trail and not maintained. Approaches to the stream may be steep, loose, and slick. Streambed is often solid rock and slick. Staying on trail is recommended."
So this hike is a series of little "water falls " that follows the path that the river has carved out. Really neat area, but be careful it can get very slippery! Great little area to explore, you can do as littlest as much at you want, also if you are staying in La Wis wis, it's right there so you have easy access to the trailhead. Thank.
My family and I went exploring while camping at La Wis Wis, and stumbled upon this trail! It had such beautiful scenery! The waterfall was breathtaking!! The kids played in a tide pool at the base of one of the waterfall spots, and we found a big frog! I'd reccomend this trail to anyone camping at La Wis Wis, it made the experience that much more memorable!
This is a very cool trail to explore while camping at La Wis Wis. While one portion of the trail was washed out, you can still walk along the creek bed (if you don't mind very cold water and climbing over fallen trees) and the in tact trail up to the falls is worth the uphill hike. I went on a dry day following a week of dry weather do the side trails down to the water in a few places was not so bad, but I do recommend not taking younger kids on the upper portion of this trail. I took my pregnant wife and younger kids along the creek bed all while carrying a 2 y/o in a back pack. Not always easy, but the kids loved it.