Ended up way off course due to very little markings, even with a paper map both myself and a ranger ended up taking a four mile detour to find the falls, very pretty end result, muddy so stabilize yourself!

Beautiful trail. Not very well marked... It was quite the fun adventure though. One tip would be to go back out the same way you come in... We made the mistake of going a different way out. Oops

Cool little place to visit. Not marked very well though.

Took my two kids ages 11 and 8 and they had a ton of fun! They completed it easily. A little muddy in spots but the trail is well maintained.

Not very well marked. We walked way more than we should have and everybody on the trail we met was there for the first time. But we found the falls eventually. it was a long hike overall but worth it.

One of my favorite waterfall hikes so far !! Seriuosly breathtaking . Very few hikers today, made it even more peaceful & beautiful . Little muddy & slippery in spots . Totally worth it though . Recommend wearing hiking boots until it dries out .

We must not have read the description fully before taking this hike, because we were shocked when we got to the end. The falls are much larger than we thought and so beautiful. We even missed the biggest one of the three, Little Mashel Falls, by accident. We saw Lower Little Mashel and the upper falls. We spent most of our time at the lower falls, which I believe is the one further into the canyon. The way the falls cascade down a series of boulders is just awesome, and makes for great photography. We saw a handful of people in sneakers and regular clothing. I would suggest you wear a good pair of hiking boots for the mud and slippery conditions closer to the falls, and a few layers of hiking clothes for the cold. Most of the trail we took was a dirt road that ascends just slightly. Eventually, you'll end up taking a regular trail down into the canyon which is where you will get the most elevation gain on the way back. Use the app to follow along as there are a few unmarked turnoffs. It's super easy to get here...no crazy forest roads with potholes or anything... have fun!

Amazing hike we hiked to the upper falls, middle falls and lower falls. The trail was a bit confusing to follow but we used the all trails app to try to stay on path. The middle falls was by far my favorite it’s a trail that splits to the left of the sign of the upper falls. There was a bit of snow on the ground and icy in some spots so use caution. Saw plenty of dogs as well. Such a great hike!

Easy hike, however obviously due to the season very muddy and slippery in areas so use caution! I love bringing my dogs here as it’s usually not too crowded on weekdays and we can play fetch as we venture down to the falls.

Very beautiful! Went with my husband and 3 boys. It was the perfect family hike and the falls were so pretty!! One of our favorite hikes!

This is a great little walk. I wouldn’t call it a hike, it’s more of a pleasant long stroll on a gravel road. The waterfall is awesome, my dogs loved it, very pretty, but but if you’re looking for exercise this is not the place. More of a family type walk

This is a nice hike. Although not marked well, I was able to ask fellow hikers for directions.

Most of the hike is on an old logging road. When you get to a clearing, bear left and walk at least 1/4 mile until you reach a rock that is painted “Falls”. The trail splits again and bear right. The trail down to the falls is steep and it was slippery. Poles are recommended.

This trail has beautiful waterfalls. It's well worth going. I recommend hiking shoes, and waterproof ones at that as there is a lot of mud. Little Mashel and Upper Mashel falls are close to each other, right at the spit in the trail to Little Mashel Falls, by the entrance. One way in the split takes you to Little Mashel, and the other to Upper Mashel Falls.

Very nice hike, though most of it is on a gravel road. You’ll walk on the road until you see a big clearing and a cement square structure. Take a left there at the fork. You will find a rock painted with “falls” and an arrow to the trail. Once on that trail you have a few options. Lower falls or upper falls.
You can even walk past the painted rock instead of turning and go down to the train tracks and the bridge as well. Love this spot.

I went here on 1/11/18 happened to be the most rain all week. Made a huge loop, couldn't say how long it was, but we were out there for a few hours total. couldn't find the path for the falls for a while so we just wondered and enjoyed the beauty for the trees. Finally found it though and WOW it was worth all the walking. When walking back, we took another way and it was just a gravel road really. But the back way to where I packed, when we got closer to car there was more wonderful sites.

awesome views definitely work out foe those of us that are out of shape. bring plenty of water and a walking stick. wear good hiking boots

Honestly the hike to the falls was a little lackluster BUT the payoff made it all worth it. A nice easy hike to do with the family!

good trail. nice short walk . dog injoyed

2 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful curves once you get about 300 yards in. Good incline slightly challenging and definitely very beautiful in the snow. Enjoyed this hike.

our first hike in the pnw! we enjoyed the falls that were flowing very fast. the trails we thought were marked fairly but it rained this morning so it was muddy! supper awesome hike!

2 months ago

lower and middle falls were flowing really good..beautiful and peaceful

I really enjoyed this hike! The hike was easy and the waterfalls were awesome to walk around and explore.

4 months ago

TO GET TO THIS TRAIL YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE PACK FOREST MT. RAINER INSTITUTE. Drive the road up till you see the forest headquarters and turn left. You will see a parking lot and the trail is behind the parking lot on gravel road. Also if you haven’t done Hugo Peak it’s in the vicinity of the institute give it a whirl.

Disclaimer!!!! I did mailbox peak yesterday so this one was fairly easy which I needed. If you are going just for the falls then I recommend it. If you are expecting to see sights along the way, you will be disappointed. I tried to capture it with my pictures the sights. Most of the hike is on a gravel road that people drive on. Until you get to the painted rock with the sign saying falls (in my pictures) does it turn into a trail. Going down is easy can be slippery with the rocks but coming up is def a workout. The falls are really nice and peaceful I probably sat there for about 15 minutes and just listened to the water. This is not a go on a hike for the sights. Again if you are going for the falls then you won’t be disappointed.

Follow the gravel road until about mile 1.8 where you turn left. You will walk straight until you see the painted rock and you will find your way to the lower fall sign as well. Quite honestly if you just follow your recording as you are walking the route, you can not get lost.

4 months ago

Not clearly marked, so we definitely needed directions to find it. The falls were great.

5 months ago

The walk up to the falls is not too inspiring but it's quiet and steady on the feet.
Turn left at 1.8miles and left at around 2.1 miles when you come to spray painted rock for the falls. Keep left once you head down the trail at a fork and the trail to the water will be your next right.
the steps and rocks are slippery but my 3 year old was fine with a little caution.

Liked the trail. Was disappointed at the peak. No look out on top. Was expecting to see mount Rainier

Oh. I lost my eye glasses on the way up. I believe around 1/2 way when I was getting warm and removed my coat If you find them please email me
jcagruber@me.com. Thanks. Yes they are brown with a hint of green on the edge. Thanks

This was a great, very flat hike. The Falls were beautiful, but the signage starting the trail, and along is very poor. When entering the local park, follow the signs that say “Trails” on them. Soon you’ll see a sign on your left that says trail info. From here, you can park and head up the gravel road until you get to a gate, and continue through it. There’s many turnoffs to the left and right, but after about 2 miles along the gravel road, there’s a large clearing and a big fork. On the right fork, partially tucked back in the trees is a rusted metal structure. This is the fork you want to take a LEFT at. Soon you’ll see a rock that has “Falls” painted on it, and shortly after you’ll have arrived at your destination.

5 months ago

This hike was not bad. Enough elevation to give you a workout and coming down was faster of course. I would def recommend hike boots for this one. The view half way was pretty cool and there was a rainbow there as well. I didn’t get many pictures because I was with a co worker and we were just talking about random stuff but I would def recommend this trail. There is actual a Model forest trail right next to the start of Hugo so I may come back to do that one too. The top view is not too dandy there are way to many trees blocking the view but this was not too bad I would do it again if I was just getting out the house to hike.

This is one time where it is about the destination not the journey

I agree, the first part is very boring, but the falls definitely make it worth while. It was beautiful!

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