Explore the most popular river 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.


Beautiful, wish there was a better path to the lower level.

Beautiful hike, lots of people!

trail to middle and upper falls were closed today. Bummer. But the lower falls is so beautiful.

Does anybody know if this trail is open yet?

Always a good not too difficult hike in this summer, but if you do go around now expect about a 20 minute walk to the trailhead because of snow. The trail itself is only a bit washed out. However, you might have to get wet to cross the 2 waterfall crossings, the water levels are higher than normal.

CLIMB TO THE BOTTOM!! The overlook is ok, but off to the side is a small rope that will help you climb down to the base of the waterfalls. Be careful, and make sure you can make it back up before you go down. We only saw 2 other groups of people in the 3 hours we were there.

I did about 9 miles of this trail (out and back) and it was amazing! Lots of waterfalls, lots of places to climb around the waterfalls and lots of little swimming holes if it's warm enough. The trail was not very hard at all just kinda meanders with no crazy elevation gains. Will definitely take people back here.

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

5 days ago

Started at the Horseshoe Bend Rd trailhead. Followed from there for about 3.5 miles. The trail will take you through some “interesting” sections with private property on both sides, before gradually turning back to nature again. Avoid the parsley looking plants growing everywhere along and in the path, it is often full of ticks. Have a dog? I would avoid this trail (area) unless your idea of bonding with your animal is tick removal. The following day we hit the same trail, further down, starting at the Harms Rd trailhead, for more of a great desert canyon stretch of trail. Both sections are flat, as they used to have train tracks running there. Still a beautiful walk. Again, be prepared for ticks, people aren’t making that up.

Beautiful, crystal clear water!

Fun hike! Chinook Creek Falls was a beauty!

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

Beautiful hike, pretty easy. I would suggest the completing the loop. You will not be right on the river for half of it if you do but the forest is beautiful!

Such a beautiful hike!!!

It's a teeny bit scary but definitely use the ropes to get to the bottom--100% worth it!!!! Hardly anybody there, so so beautiful and close to the road.

Trail is beautiful, incline after Covel Falls is where it becomes hard, but Angel Falls is totally worth the incline! Some trail signs are missing, but they are working on replacing them. Over all a great trail and the waterfalls are worth it!

Great hike. We're first timers and though there are a couple steep areas (right near the parking lot, killer on the way back) it was a fantastic experience. Great camp areas; though most of them are at the end there are a few in the first 1-2 miles and some nicely hidden ones at the bottom of the first major waterfall if you take the trail downhill.

Road is paved all the way up but there are fairly regular washouts and bulges that will hit you hard if you don't watch out. Our Outback did great but anything too low might be dicey.

Overall amazing, just amazing!

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.

About 10 miles round-trip. With only a light backpack, and stops for photos on the way, the hike was 2-2.5 hours up, and 1-1.5 down. Except for one or two steep parts that aren't exceedingly long, the hike is a gradual uphill that most won't struggle with. If you're thinking of turning back early, don't. The views get better and better until you're actually at the Observatory. Highly recommend.

This is an amazing hike! Can’t recommend it enough :)

a hard hike but so worth it.

When is it open??? I tried many times to come here but its always closed

Wonderfully beautiful hike! The waterfall is incredibly majestic and powerful. Follows a creek and there are a few bridges.

Breathtakingly beautiful waterfall

Great uphill hike with an awesome view of the falls at the top! Lots of dogs and happy people on the trail. Highly recommended!

Beautiful hike and pretty easy

What a great hike! The falls were beautiful and I was the only person on the trail.

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