Explore the most popular trails in Charles L Pack Experimental Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
7 days ago

This was a great and easy hike for the population we were serving.

This was a nice hike for a casual outing w/ beautiful waterfalls. I actually reccomend this hike to ppl all the time. I measured it 5 miles from parking back to parking lot. If your just looking for an easy day hike or your new to hiking this is perfect.

Nice walk. The falls were pretty cool. Nice easy trail down to the falls, the rest was just a gravel road .

nice Falls at the end of the hike but most of the hike is on a Logging Road which isn't my favorite type of hike

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muddy
10 days ago

Easy marked parking with porta john. Sign pointing to trail (dirt road) is far back. Just walk around the wood line by the parking lot and turn left uphill. The trail is a dirt road for 2 miles, decent canopy for most of it then opens up to some nice view of Rainier (when its visible) super easy portion. The turn off for the falls is easy to miss. Follow the blue markings and it quickly becomes a moderate down hill until you hear the falls and it's a bit steep and muddy slippery going down to I think the lower falls. Not a lot of space for many groups. 12 people can make it seem crowded.

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muddy
12 days ago

5-27-19, clear and sunny. Got really steep, with deep "steps" about 1/2 mile before falls. VERY slippery where it was still wet! And super narrow, steep, muddy trail at middle falls down to the rocks (lunch break and cool down in the shade). We got a late start, it was really crowded. Some teens were swimming at the upper falls, not warm enough for adults, lol. Long gravel road boring walk back to the car was not the greatest end, but the falls were worth it, it was pretty neat. I'd go back.

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rocky
21 days ago

Magnificent!! I wouldn’t consider this a hike. It’s more of a walk on a dirt road most of the way. You can go behind one of the falls. Super cool!!

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27 days ago

Not really easy once you get to falls. Steep. Muddy. Slick.

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rocky
27 days ago

Surprisingly fun trail once you make it off the main road. Slippery rocks, make sure you go to the middle falls!

It was a long hike in on a gravel trail. Pretty boring until you get about a half mile from the falls. Then the trail gets pretty steep in some places. The recent rain has made the end of the trail muddy and slippery. The views of the waterfalls are amazing and totally worth it. We went behind the waterfall with our kids (the middle falls). They loved that part. Overall we ended up hiking about 6 miles. Be prepared.

I’ve done this hike many times with my kids but never reviewed coming in from either side so last week on 9/11, I took myself, two coworkers and we had a 3 & a 4 year old in tow also. Coming in from this side via Eatonville, you start out for about a mile or two walk along a pretty gravel side road that’s has a few bridges and views of Mashel River. It feels like you are in someone’s back yard for a brief second along this spot but then you take a left onto a small forest trail. At this point you reach your elevation which was a little steep at spots but our littles did it just fine on their own. We chose to go to middle/lower falls and the littles also did great. This is a pretty steep but short slope down to the falls but then there are spots to sit and relax. Wonderful views. I’ve done this many times solo and feel safe on this trail as I grew up in eatonville area. Great time of year before trails get too muddy but when falls are flowing fast in late fall, it’s gorgeous as well and just wear boots.

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30 days ago

Great short little hike if you come from the top (the pullout at Alder Cutoff Rd) instead of where this map starts, otherwise it's a lot of gravel road. :/ The falls have a lovely little watering hole where you can swim and have a generally good time in the Summer!

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bugs
1 month ago

I did this as my first ever solo hike. It was a Sunday afternoon and pouring rain and didn’t see a soul insight for hours. Only saw 5 people on my way back to my car. It was so beautiful and peaceful. The middle falls were gorgeous. Some steep parts when you get closer to the falls but manageable. Will do again.

Great trip for kids and families. my best experiences are in the shoulder seasons when the crowds are light but the weather is nice enough the kids can play in the water.

It was great. Pretty steep, we went over the train tracks to find the service road to get to the Falls trail. We had all the kiddos with I’m 26 and my hubby 40 Our kids- 7, 5, 3, and almost 2

The trail itself is nothing special but the little falls are beautiful and great for swimming and climbing

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1 month ago

beautiful hike, trail is well maintained. gorgeous day and hardly anybody on the trail today. nice spot to enjoy lunch at the very top , 0.15 further newer trail and nice viewpoint , really enjoyed it.

This was a fun hike in and out. We had a picnic at the middle falls and it was great for my 7 year old. We will probably do this again and go to the upper falls next time

Beautiful hike that is easy enough for a family but offers three great waterfalls. My friend and I got to the trailhead at about 10 am, and we only saw one other person in the first hour. Get there early, we went to the lower falls first and after we went to the others we saw 20 people hiking in or at the falls. The first 1.5 mile or so is on a wide gravel path near the road and a couple houses, it’s more of a walk than a hike. You then turn onto an actual hiking path towards all three falls. Lower Falls: It’s a steep hike down, but definitely worth it. Not too difficult but gets you breathing hard on the way back up to the main trail. The falls are really beautiful. Middle Falls: The easiest one to get to, slight downhill down to the falls, a little steep at the end. Beautiful, I tried to go behind the falls but I slipped and fell, so a warning for those a little more adventurous than me. Upper Falls: This part of the trail is not maintained, so it is a little overgrown and there are no markers, making it hard to know where to go. My friend and I followed a trail above the river to the falls, and then walked along/in the river until we got back to the trail, I wouldn’t recommend that though. The falls were a little underwhelming considering the effort we put in to get there and the fact that it was smaller than the other two, but still pretty. I’d suggest doing that first or not at all.

must see the upper falls! so worth it

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bugs
off trail
1 month ago

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