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If anything, this is more of a nature walk than a hike, but well worth it. If you do the round trip, it's about 6 miles, which is a decent calorie burner even without any noticeable elevation gain. But if you were coming here, it wouldn't be for that, it'd be for the wonderful walk or bike ride on a paved trail that parallels the path of Salmon Creek. While you're not directly alongside the river at all times, it's always within earshot and accessed by walking a few yards down one of the dozens of side trails that offshoot from the main trail. You'll walk through forest, field and everything in between. Great way and place to relax amongst the elements. I'll be back.

This is a great, little hike. But be prepared.
There are two sections. The upper section goes to the viewing platform and is a 1-2 minute walk down a moderate hill. That's the part that's super kid and dog friendly.
The second section is very steep and a little tricky. It's not a difficult hike if you are experienced, but you're climbing up/down using root systems and a couple of ropes (left by hikers) as anchors. It requires a lot of focus (so I don't suggest bringing a dog) because a misstep means an injury. Be sure to wear traction boots on the second trail. A woman fell and badly broke her leg whie we were there and had to be rescued.
The falls are definitely worth the effort. Just be sure to take care. Oh, and the two trails aren't marked Upper and Lower, so pay attention and make sure you're where you want to be.

Falls are spectacular but the trail is so hard to find. Once you do it's an easy trail down to the platform. Lots of of shoot trails are closed because of erosion. All but a few respected the boundaries. The parking/pull of is wide and identified by a rocky slope. The trail blends into the forest right from the shoulder of the road across the parking lot.

Pretty waterfall if you just want to go for a photo.

We only completed the loop portion of this trail. Quite beautiful trail itself with only glimpses of views. There were lots of trail runners and other hikers.

Mira, your post is irresponsible. The four people who died in the last two years on this 500 foot long trail were all very careful. It is slippery, steep and very dangerous. We should honor the postings that the area is closed. With that said, the overlook is open and there are some nice photo opportunities at the top.

Almost didn’t go because the reviews said the trail is closed. Yes there is a piece of paper that says something along the lines of “this is not a trail, this is dangerous” but if you ignore that sign and take the very steep and dangerous trail WITH CAUTION, it puts you out at the bottom of the falls and it definitely worth it.

The short trail to the falls overlook is open and the falls are beautiful; the rest of the trail was closed.

walking
22 days ago

Nice evening with the family. We all made it down and back :-)

closed due to bridge reconstruction

TRAIL CLOSED SINCE 7/14/18

Came, but had a difficult time finding the trail. Once we found it, it was closed. It would have helped if the closure had been marked on the app.

I have not been here but felt the need to share. Skamania County just announced that a hiker slipped and fell here and did not survive 7/16/18.
Be careful out there, fellow hikers.

This place is beautiful. If you are looking towards the forest from the parking lot, you can hear the falls. The trail starts back up the road you came to the right, you will see a little opening.

a lot of fun to go to the lower part of the falls!

Great city trail. You can alter it a bit by walking within Parson's Airfield. That was a great alternative to hiking the city street portion of the trail yet maintained the distance. Easy parking near the Fort or on Officer's Row. Bring water for yourself or dog during the hot summer as there is limited shade options other than the historic park specifically.

Wild Cherry is a bit steep but Wildwood and Dogwood sections of the trail are easy.

Best of the best.

One of the best!!

When arriving to the parking area, you will have to back track just a short distance to access the trail to the lookout. Go a little further if you want to access the trail that has the ropes to assist you to the bottom. Both the lookout and the trail to the bottom are well worth the time and effort.
One of the prettiest waterfalls I have ever seen.

hiking
1 month ago

Great paved trail for an afternoon stretch with kids, elderly, wheelchair bound, trail running. There are a lot of side trails to get peeks of the creek. Because of the general east-to-west orientation of the creek the early morning /late afternoon are the most dramatic “golden hours” of shadow and light.

Gorgeous, had a hell of a time finding the trail. Dont go up the steep Rocky mound in front of the parking spots, the trail is across the street and to the left. There's blue marking on the road. Def short, worth it to go down the rope part of the trail to the bottom!!

Hiked on May 29...short but worth the long drive in to see these unique Falls...make sure u hike to bottom and

Too close to people, roads, and such. Tough, it can be fun to meet new friends.

Nice and easy blacktop great for family and elders...

All concrete, nice city views but not very pretty along the trail itself. East side very noisy from freeway traffic

2 months ago

Beautiful falls. Hard to climb to bottom especially with your dog since you have to scathe a Little Rock cliff using a rope. Would be easy without dog, but pups make it difficult.

absolutely stunning.

I discovered that, if you go up Wildwood instead of continuing on Wild Cherry, you can access the top of Alder via NW Leif Erikson Drive (which isn't paved, but a little stretch of gravelly road). If you do that, you can then make an actual loop by crossing over to Alder (which is a more narrow path and mostly uphill, but not too steep) and then go down Alder swing back up Dogwood to the top where it reconnects with Wildwood and take Wildwood all the way back down to where it connects back with Wild Cherry - and then back to the beginning! It's 6.2 miles. Took me a little over 2 hours, but I'm slow. Going up Dog was also uphill, but again not too steep. It was fantastic. Highly recommend this route if you're not up for really steep climbs, but want the extra distance while making a "loop." Lots a pretty wildflowers out right now too!

A nice, family friendly walk around a waterfowly area with nice views of the river and gorge to the southeast. I combined this walk with the Lewis & Clark Discovery Trail, hiking its entire length.

My second visit, walking the loop around Oaks Bottom Lake, this time with Mom. We saw tons of wildlife, and it was a perfect weather day.

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