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1 day ago

I loved this easy Fall season hike with my kids and friends with kids. I was very stressed when I got to the falls and my girls were near the edge. I’m not afraid of heights unless my kids are around. Every bit of the hike was beautiful and I’ll definitely do it again! Take the trail to the left to head down below the falls.

hiking
5 days ago

Fantastic double waterfall a little over one mile in over easy terrain. A little past that it gets a little tougher with a few switchbacks up to another waterfall. At this point the trail continues on meandering through the woods before finally ending at the river. A nice 9 miles in and out with enough elevation gain to make it a workout. No bugs this time of year. Not too crowded; easy parking 11am on a sunny Sunday.

Super easy trail, you can shorten the trip by leaving from the picnic area. Plenty of exploring options once you reach the caves and leave the trail, but apparently that's frowned upon due to all of the injuries. In early October you can safely walk up pretty far from the trail and still be well enough away from the caves. Many people were going inside the cave but it really is a bad idea. This trail is well worth the effort. I want to go back in winter. Be aware that the lack of difficulty also means MANY people in troves. Id suggest off season or weekday.

Would’ve been a terrific sunset with some wine.... maybe next time

Awesome experience! I’ve never done a subterranean hike and this was absolutely amazing. It wasn’t too crowded today. I went al the way back on the lower trail until I belly crawled to a point where my brain said enough! I did a small portion of the upper trail as I soon realized my knee injury didn’t approve. I will return and finish that tho. Again. Amazing! But please please please bring a headlamp or flashlight. Saw a few iPhone users and it just didn’t cut it.

This trail was absolutely beautiful. The trail was well maintained and clearly marked. It rained the night before so some of the trail had standing water but it was easy to go around it. The hike to the falls was slightly challenging with some incline and stairs but not grueling. This is a heavily trafficked trail with plenty of parking. Really loved the scenery on this trail.

Steep up and steep down. Definitely need to watch your footing. Several extra “trail blazer” trails but easy enough to stay on the main trail. Beautiful Fall colors and plants. Fresh deer prints (it rained before we got here). Traffic and train noice didn’t bother me. It was fun and will definitely come back and do it again.

Easy hike with great views.

Lots of mushroom :)
Easy in most parts. Just before the waterfalls is a narrow slippery part of 10-15 meters.
Don’t forget to bring 5 dollars for parking.

Nice

amazing cool day. easy walking. beatiful waterfall.

Kids had a blast. My kids are younger so we stuck with the lower caves. But, I would love to come back at some point for the upper section. Definitely worth while for everyone to explore. Bring good lights and back ups.

hiking
19 days ago

This trail is very easy in the beginning, first half of the trail is very rewarding with two waterfalls on the right side; but I don’t recommend to walk further than second waterfall. It was muddy, small path and once you arrived in the campground or the river , it is very standard!! and a lot of bugs :(
If I come back; I’ll just do first half

Good casual hike

Beautiful hike and waterfall at the end. Easy for myself and 11 year old daughter.

Pretty easy and nice!

hiking
21 days ago

The road up is long and bumpy, lots of washboard and potholes. Beautiful fall colors on the mountainside on the drive up. Maybe 15 cars at the trailhead on a Friday afternoon, but only saw 2 other groups on the trail on the way in. Many other trails and destinations that use this same start point. The trail is more of a walk than a hike, mostly flat with mild inclines. Forest and greenery along the trail, few fall colors. Several stream crossings. Lake is stunning with lots of sandy spots. Saw many parties coming in while I was leaving that looked like they were planning to stay overnight. By far one of my favorite hikes for a quick trip in to a beautiful lake.

You can just go rogue in the caves with a headlamp it was absolutely sick

Went with my sister and 3.5yr old son. Loved it!!! The views at the falls are gorgeous. You need the Northwest Forest Pass or $5 to use this trail!

hiking
24 days ago

great hike

hiking
25 days ago

Lots of beauty here. Thimble berries still out. Fleabane daisy in bloom. It's possible to get wet in the lake water is warmer than expected. Trail is in great shape. No one was staying at the lake everyone was headed further up to alpine lakes. Great easy day hike for a picnic. The 10 mile dirt road is in fair condition with beautiful fall colors coming into view on the mt. sides. Love this place in Sept. NO bugs at this time. Frost in the morning at 31 degrees.

on Palouse Falls Trail

27 days ago

Beautiful! We did not go all the way down to bottom of falls, but was pretty where ever you chose to go.. lots of warnings about falling to your death tho.. which puts you on alert!

Very easy hike with stunning views of the mountains. It’s like you’re in a little basin cove and the ice caves are beautiful! Took two dogs there and we loved all the waterfalls.

Gorgeous Seattle woods. Easy trail, lovely waterfall

Pretty falls.. There seemed to be an inordinate amount of signs saying 'beware falling' though. It was interesting seeing the lands carved by ice age floods with your own eyes.

Requires Discover Pass. Of all the accessible areas around here, I was super surprised. Husband and I wanted to do a quick little hike but arrived to find that we needed the Discover. We were pretty annoyed. Guess we’ll be purchasing one.

hiking
1 month ago

The falls were amazing. Short hike, steep in some places. Definitely worth the trek. Use caution navigating the trails. Very steep and loose rocks. Very narrow.

Cash or Check only unless you have the discover pass.

Fun short hike! Brought my puppy to explore the outdoors and socialize him with kids! It was good to see so many kids out with parents!

Beautiful trail enjoyed while I carried a two month old and my husband carried our two year old. Flat in the beginning on a gravel trail/boardwalk, several bridges over streams. Fairly easy hike up with about 200’ gain and beautiful view of the mountain, waterfall, and caves once you reach the top. The rangers at the top were very nice and available to answer questions. On the way back down stopped to let the toddler throw some rocks in the river. We will be back! Note that you need a NW Forest pass to park and the kiosk at the trailhead is not currently operational so stop at the Verlot ranger station on the way for a pass.

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