Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

60 mile an hour winds at the ridge made it pretty difficult to go the entire distance but it was absolutely gorgeous with all the fall colors.

Today I was going to do Cape Horn, but when I drove up the colors had not changed enough to be worth it. Instead I came to this old favorite. A beautiful day for a hike up and trail run back! It was worth it the colors had just changed enough. You can tell it’s been a dry year two on the main side creeks were completely dry, but the main Falls is as beautiful as ever. Not as crowded as normal. The road is much better than it has been in the past, but there are some pot holes. I have an all-wheel drive RAV4 and only had to slow down in one spot to put in perspective.

We were enjoying the fall foliage colors on the drive up so much that we missed the “Falls Creek Falls” trailhead sign and accidentally drove up another 10 miles. We turned around and found a nice local who told us where the trailhead sign was - I really think there’s only 1 sign marking this turnoff, which is on a blind corner. So watch for mile marker #15 and the access road is just around the corner on the right {if you are coming from Carson}. If you cross a short bride named Moore Bridge, you just missed the access road. Access road to trailhead had just a couple small potholes, which are totally avoidable.. it was a pretty smooth dirt road, though I’m sure it gets rutted up once the rain starts. Hike to the falls are 1.7 in with a slight incline as you get closer to the falls. We were short on time, so we came back down the same trail instead of doing the longer loop. Beautiful rich fall foliage colors are happening right now {Oct 13th}

This was by far my favorite hike of 2018. Challenging, beautiful, fun and plenty to see. Went of trail to get behind and underneath some waterfalls, but nothing too crazy!

Don't believe the negative reviews, there are plenty of signs and I believe only two pot holes that I can remember. The road is well maintained and you can easily get to the trail head in a car (I did) and there is a large parking lot with a bathroom. It was absolutely beautiful, the fall foliage is incredible right now. I did however almost hit a heard of Elk so be watchful on the main highway!

Beautiful trail to backpack in the fall. The leaves are vibrant and less people on the trail!

This is a really beautiful and easy hike up to the falls. They're spectacular when you reach them. Saw lots of other people and dogs. The road to the trailhead was okay for my sedan. I was a little worried about the potholes but there were only one or two small ones and nothing too serious.

Great Trail..

Beautiful falls from the base and very nice hike, but the signage is terrible, as is the road to get to the parking lot. We took a turn that we thought would loop around to parking, as described, and ended up turning an easy 6 mile hike into a 12 mile excursion filled with frustration. Download the map ahead of time...lesson learned!

lots of people but great entry level backpacking

Great hike, fairly easy. Will have to take the trail to get to the top of the falls next time!

There is a stretch of unpacked road with deep potholes, just drive slow and try to avoid them. A Honda Civic and a Prius made it to the trailhead. Dog friendly with trash can and a bathroom at the trailhead.

7/22/18 - Trail is well groomed, road is good except for a small gravel portion, which was not bad. Expect for people to drive really slow specially if it's a small vehicle or minivan. A bit of advice - Never go on a Sunday, specially if it's a hot day. Lower Lewis was packed cars parked on both sides of the road with more behind us. We decided to skip Lower and went to Middle then went up to Upper, there was no more then 20 people at either. Happy travels!

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1 month ago

Been up there twice in the last month. Did the short trail the first time, the long trail the second time.

Worth every step, and the rough forest service road to the trail head.

Very nice loop trail, all though the Falls Creek Trail #152 is more of a Mt. Bike trail and the rest of the loop is more for hiking. Falls Creek Falls Water Fall is very refreshing and great for pictures and videos. Cool camp grounds and swimming area up at the top.

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1 month ago

it was a very nice and beautiful hike. There are lots of potholes but not as bad as some roads we've seen in Washington. The signs were minimal but that's why we have the All trails app and map. The trail was mostly soft and shady. The lower view of the falls was an oh my God moment. the upper falls and views looking down were nice of the valley but you can't see much of the lower falls. A short hike further is the small falls by a camp site.

hiking
1 month ago

Small waterfalls and bridge near beginning of hike. VERY dusty in August. We took a large family group with adults and kids of all ages. We did a 2.5 out and back. Went to stream area where the spring comes out of the ground at about 1.25 into hike. This is not far off the trail to the right. There are a lot of fallen logs in this area and a fairly worn trail that leads off main trail to stream.

The hike was amazing and especially the top of mountain view is awesome. You can see all mountains around. Road to trailhead some places is too difficult for passenger cars. Better if you drive SUV.

Beautiful falls but due to poor signage and lack of signage it is very easy to get lost. The road up to the parking lot is absolutely terrible so I wouldn’t recommend going unless you have an off-road vehicle.

Falls Creek Falls. Easy hike with some good inclination to make your heart beat a bit. While studying this hike before I went everyone said “be aware of the potholes” and it deterred me from going. I finally went and if you just drive under 10 mph there shouldn’t be a problem!

I've been in the lower falls..
no words can describe how beautiful it is... Amazing...

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail but too crowded. The waterfall is worth it!

Quite a drive up to the start of the trail, about 18 washouts on the gravel road. We got up in our Toyota Corolla going slow. Beautiful forest with flowers and mushrooms to investigate. The trail is used by dirt bikers as well and makes a deep U shape in parts. The view was breathtaking!!

8/6/18
Hiked windy ridge to abraham flats (this trail is very narrow for the most part on slippery sand and on a ridge. Watch your footing. The stairs were the scariest part for me going both up and down, they are really steep and slippery...the sand will just fall from under your feet. pretty trail with a lot of interesting bugs I've never seen before and the grass hoppers are super loud here! couple of steep parts when your crossing dry creeks in the hills before you get to the plains.) to loowit trail (I thought I could get to the falls this way instead of having to go back down abraham trail, but it was a no go... the loowit trail is basically non existant when you get to the last lava field at the base of the mountain. I could see trail markers at every lava field except the last one. I attempted what i thought was the trail from the se side and feared I would get hurt, so I scrambled back down. I would not recommend doing the loop. I then backtracked. this trail connects with june lake and ape canyon. Make sure your wearing good gripping hiking boots or shoes. the sand is very slick and this trail can have some really steep parts. Started this hike at 6am and saw no one else on the trail till my descent back down around 10am and they were on the windy ridge trail.

great hike. Wife is a beginner but had great time. Lush wood made for cool hiking

Beautiful!

might as well just walk along side the highway it's so close to it...

Awesome!

Beautiful place

Went off hours, late afternoon on a weekday, and had the place almost to myself. Can get packed on weekends.

One of our favorite hikes in the gorge. Well maintained, easy to moderate shaded ~3.5 Mile out and back with ~800’ vertical (according to my gps). Good for families and dogs. The falls are amazing with a great viewing area. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy!

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