Explore the most popular fishing trails in Gifford Pinchot National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Couldn’t get to the trail as there was still a lot of icy snow.

Holy cow that was amazing!! Definitely worth makeing it to the upper falls

A beautiful hike! Easy trail to follow and not hard at all. Beautiful views of Lower, Middle, & Upper Falls. Be careful by the overhanging rock face part of the trail as it seems rocks fall often in this area. Other than that the trail is very safe.

Loved the falls in the spring the water is running. Great time awesome Falls.

Trail was well maintained and absolutely gorgeous. I’m new to hiking, and really out of shape but with breaks on the hills i managed to middle falls and back. Couple muddy spots but no issue getting through/around them. Absolutely worth the hard work to get there!

Beautiful falls. Trail was nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Could not get to trailhead, roads are still covered in 5+ ft of snow above 3000'

Looking forward to visiting again in after June.

Beautiful!!!

Beautiful old forest

Fun trail to walk, and great view!

AMAZING HIKE!! I wouldn’t call it a moderate trail unless it’s referring to just the distance. Nice general grade for the most part but well worth it. Will go back in the warmer months for some swimming, there are some great pools I’d love to jump into.

By far the best hike I have ever been on, hands down!! Some of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls around. I will recommend this hike to everyone from now on! Amazing!!!

Waterfall payoffs every couple miles plus a birch forest, lots of forest to explore and very quiet in January. Will be back.

camping
7 months ago

The climb up was a little steep and you have to cross the waterfall at two different spots. The lake was super worth it though. Man, what a view. Unfortunately someone left a torn up tent filled with trash at the top. I packed it up and took it out with me. Also, there aren’t any signs that say Cora Lake Trail or anything like that anymore. Now its just a normal sign that says trail 252.

Looks beautiful from pictures; unfortunately the forest service had it shut down for logging so didn’t get to enjoy it.

Loved this hike.

It is a drive to get there but it was worth it. Hornets nest 1/4 of the way in. I got stung a few times on the way out. Beautiful mountain forest. Rugged trail. The lake is amazing.

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous day on the trail. Very dog friendly with plenty of cool off opportunities for everyone. We went to the upper falls from lower falls, around 5-6 miles in total. Worth the drive off of I-5!

camping
8 months ago

camp sites well taken care of. Only bad thing is the outhouse toilets smell horrible. Other than that the trails and waterfalls are absolutely beautiful. Will definitely come back next summer.

Beautiful! The way up was steep but very manageable even with a dog. You get some sneaky views of Mt. Rainier through the trees on the way up. You cross the waterfall twice and come up to an incredible view of the lake. The water is really clear and everything is peaceful up here. A fairly easy and quick hike (1.5 hours-ish at medium pace) and a must do if you're in the area!

Omg I cannot express my level of disappointment in so few words. Alltrails, you need to UPDATE this trails' stats ASAP.

I chose this trail for me and my dogs because of the distance, the difficulty level AND most of all because it claims to be LIGHT TRAFFIC. I don't know what you consider "light" traffic... but I tried four days in a row, and ALL FOUR days the parking area was over flowing with hiking people, for this one trail. I even asked two groups of people if all of the cars were hikers and they said "YES." And proceeded to tell me that it is a "POPULAR TRAIL."

One of my dogs is situationally reactive. And I was really looking forward to the seclusion that this trail overview seems to suggest. But Im going to be frank... There were cars FULL of people, with KIDS, multiple DOGS, and I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of them.

This description needs to be updated. I ended up taking a different trail, that was actually a motorcycle trail, but there were no other dogs or hikers. That was Wright Meadow Trail No. 8. Its pretty steep straight up, but its good for seclusion, and there is plenty of room to step off for the bikers to pass.

hiking
9 months ago

amazing views and fairly easy trail to maneuver

Beautiful falls. The middle falls and the swimming holes are definitely worth some time spent. The lower falls is huge but not very much parking at the lower river falls lot.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike water falls were amazing

really good place to go didn't have to hike here cuz they got the Road open park has reserved spot

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous! My favorite was the middle falls, you could get right down on the water on a giant slab of rock with your toes in the water and right in front of the raging water. We went right during a thunder storm and the sounds were amazing. The water hitting the plants and the thunder rumbling through the valley.

PERFECT place to take my two high schoolers. Just the 3 of us, nice day, good exercise, loved running back up the trail racing them until I could barely breathe. Then one would pass me.... you get the pic. We will definitely be going on more hikes together.

camping
11 months ago

Definitely advise going late July to mid August, went early June and there was still snow on the ground which made the trail that much harder. It rained the entire time we were there so we didn't stay long but it was a beautiful lake, originally planned on fishing but didn't get to it. Definitely pack light, easy going down but a good work out going up, I'll say my pack was about a good 80 lbs. The road up is really rough, a 4x4 rig would be advised, I had to use my winch on my Wrangler to get through some of the snow but even the clear roads were rough. Overall definitely worth it, will be going there again when it's warmer for sure.

We camped at Lower Falls over the weekend. The swim/beach area at lower falls was closed due to the fast currents. The bridge bringing you to middle Falls is closed right now as well so we had to start our hike at middle falls. All of the falls were an amazing sight. The traffic was light on the trails and there was plenty of awesome photo ops. Highly recommend for all. We even saw a stroller up at the upper falls.

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Tried to get to here, drove all the way from JBLM but there was tons of snow and a huge tree fell down blocking the rest of the way :( kids were bummed but will try again sometime in the summer! It was a beautiful drive though

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