Lower falls parking closed. I parked at Middle Falls and hiked down to lower falls. This was the most calming and relaxing hike. The trail was so well kept and perfectly situated next to the river. I would love to come back to the campground and hike the entire trail!

Great hike. Clocked in at only 4.1 to the lake. Option to go a bit more, but we just decided to stop and eat after crossing the bridge after the old ranger station. Simple hike, easy to follow the trail. Some fallen trees added for some obstacles, but nothing really obstructing access along the way. Some muddy spots from rains the day before. Definitely will return during warmer times for a quick dip before heading back.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
3 days ago

Alright this is my first review ever. First of all, a very beautiful drive to the part. The lower falls parking is closed, so simply drive to the middle falls and park. If full, well, park somewhere on the road where allowed. If possible park on the middle, as I found that to be a perfect starting point for most regular folk who hike every now and then. I went to the lower falls, a small area of rocky path, but if you go carefully, really not a problem. The lower falls were very beautiful and so majestic. Then walk back up to the middle falls and do some more of the whole “I need a selfie, oh my god” scene. Then proceed to the upper falls that has a beautiful view, a huge log to sit on and enjoy the scene. Before going down to the water, there is a path that continue and you will end up pretty much on top of the upper falls. The hike to that is a bit steep, but it’s not to long of a path, but totally worth it. I felt that going to lower, taking a break, then middle, taking a break, and then upper, and taking a break was the best way to balance the hike. It was not a hard hike, but it’s all personal fitness level. I feel everyone can do this hike and truly will not deter people from hiking if this one was their first. Did I mention I really loved the falls? Honestly, totally worth going. For those campers or glampers, there is spots for camping and what not throughout the park, but please inquire with the parks and recreation or whatever Washington has. Anyways, I hope you will truly embrace the beauty the PNW brings, and this is one of those spots.

Amazing hike! I did this yesterday with my dog. The lower falls parking area is closed so I parked at the upper falls (just an extra 5-10 min down the road) and did the whole loop (about 6 miles). Only saw 3 other groups of people so easy to social distance (I was there from about 9 am to 12 pm). Most of the hike is shady and you can access the water from multiple areas, so it was a great for a hot day.

hiking
closed
5 days ago

We decided to take a drive and see what Lewis River Falls was about. Lower part is closed but middle and high part is open. You could still walk about 2 miles to get from middle fall to the lower fall. We decided to just take the middle fall trail. The trail is nice but a little dangerous for the little ones. Gotta make sure they dont slip. The middle fall was beautiful but cant get in the water from that area since it will drag you. We did ask around and a family did mention that the walk to the lower fall wasnt bad. I will have to drive back once the Lower part is open and check the river fall.

hiking
6 days ago

Great day to be out on the trail. Saw a handful of people both on the way in and out. There are trees down over the trail but nothing difficult at all. Honestly, USFS should leave them to keep people out. I can see this place being a madhouse in the summer and that would be anything but fun.

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muddy
rocky
6 days ago

The hike was really beautiful, only downside was the fallen trees over the path. You can access the lake through bike or ATV (through the lower trail) or hike on the upper trail.

Can you still go in the water and hang out at that gorgeous looking waterfall?

Can you still go in the water and hang out at that gorgeous looking waterfall?

a great easy hike to some amazing waterfalls. it looks like something from deep jungle central america...but, its NOT! it's our PNW.

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muddy
7 days ago

Great trail. Lots of fallen trees and a bit muddy today due to rain yesterday. But, only 10 cars in lot and the trail was not super busy. Beautiful trek and a Great Lake view. Lake is about 4.2 miles away, so can be an 8.4 mile RT hike.

backpacking
muddy
off trail
8 days ago

Great trip! Busier than I'd ever seen it. The big lot was full, cars parked way down the road when I left. Luckily I go farther than most people, and didnt see anyone once I reached my lakeside spot Thursday. Fish were active!

Went 5.24.20 and couldn’t make it b/c snow on road ~2 miles before trail head. I saw some raised jeeps make their way into the snow but if you don’t have a raised car it’s not accessible right now

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blowdown
muddy
10 days ago

hiking
muddy
10 days ago

Great trail! not for a beginner though for sure! Bring a sweater it gets pretty cold.

hiking
muddy
10 days ago

This was a great trail. Make sure to wear proper shoes because you run into a lot of mud along the way, there are quite a few fallen trees to climb over as well (not difficult though.) It was definitely a moderate trail so if you're a beginner or this is your first hike, I wouldn't start here. The lake was absolutely beautiful. It was really crowded however. The trail is narrow so you find your self stepping aside a lot to let people pass. Go as early as possible to beat the crowd. I showed up yesterday around 1:30 so not the best time to start the hike.

Started from the Lower Falls Recreation area, so i enjoyed long stretches without any crowding. Water is crystal clear beautiful, filled my bottle & drank it with my Lifestraw, just refreshing. Would love to trail run or xc bike here someday. Good elevation changes & scenery to keep things interesting. Can't wait to come back!

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail but much more crowded than I anticipated

hiking
blowdown
12 days ago

Trail is relatively easy, didn’t really notice the slight changes in elevation. On the way to the lake there were quiet a few trees down, nothing we (my dog and I) couldn’t pass. The lake was beautiful! Hiking to come back another day when it’s less cloudy/rainy to get a better view of the surrounding mountains. As we were coming back to the trailhead, about a mile from it, a large section of tree had fallen onto the trail (it was not there when we started) and it was hard to navigate past it. Super sketchy because the trail was narrow with a drop off ledge on one side. Had a great time!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
13 days ago

Great trail but there are multiple trees down on the trail to climb over/under, very pretty

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail! Pretty easy hike and the drive up to the trailhead was easy. There are some trail blocks but super fun to run as well.

Great trail. Did it on a Tuesday from 1pm-4pm. Only a few people here and there. Lower Falls parking lot closed, but middle and upper lot opened. We parked alongside the road, and took a lower starting point below the lower falls. The nature walk to lower falls from this point was gorgeous, all along the Lewis river. You can also easily avoid the 5.9 mile hike by just driving in each parking lot, the lower or middle and do short walk to the falls if you just want a sightseeing experience. Roads to the trail open, construction on places but open. Unpaved road before the trail. We camped in cabins in Cougar RV Trailer park and tents to lessen the impact of the drive. Enjoy!

hiking
closed
17 days ago

I guess this is a popular trail in regular times but when we went yesterday we had the whole place to ourselves for 5 hours. We did see multiple cars parked at the trailheads. The website didn’t say it was closed specifically until after we left for the trip. It is now specifically saying this area is closed. There are no closed signs at any of the roads or trailheads but please be advised it’s closed.

blowdown
rocky
18 days ago

The trail is open! Road to trail is paved and had zero issue getting to the trailhead. You do NOT need to purchase a forest pass if you are just walking the trail there and back. I would consider this hike more on the easy side. No discovery pass needed either. Trees were down but nothing you couldn't crawl under or walk over. Closer to the lake was a few patches of snow but not anything you couldn't get by in hiking boots. If you wear tennis shoes, you're feet might get a little wet though. On our way back around 130pm, the trail was starting to get crowded. The lake was beautiful and definitely worth checking out.

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