Buck Creek Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews

Buck Creek Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near White Salmon, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until June.

4.0 miles
439 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers


3 months ago

nice lil hike, lovely waterfall for a nice swim, love the old trees, nice shade for hiking in august and well established trail.
they other guy clearly needs to do some hiking elsewhere in the pacific NW

Sunday, March 03, 2013

The 1 star is for the waterfall, which is pretty despite being 15 feet tall. The rest of the hike is underwhelming (to put it lightly). To make matters worse, the understory is mostly small downed trees and there are no highlights at all on the hike of any kind other than the waterfall. The road in to the trailhead is narrow and muddy this time of year as well. And to top matters off, this is a Discovery Pass site despite the unstocked bathroom and empty registration card box.

The trail begins higher and drops down to follow a mud / dirt track that parallels road B 1000. You don't approach the creek until you near the falls, and then the trail crosses the creek just 0.2 mile later. The return route also parallels the road, but you should instead just follow the road. It isn't busy, is much closer to Buck Creek than the trail, and has taller trees than you see along the trail.

Do not hike unless you live nearby or really like waterfalls - and even then, you should do it once and never go back.