Buck Creek Trail

MODERATE 14 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles
439 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips





wild flowers


15 days ago


trail running
16 days ago

Solid run with a lot of inclines. A small waterfall is located quite close to the AT trail head as listed on their map. Mostly shaded trail with no scenic views along the way.

Unfortunately no rattlesnakes. Was looking out for them after reading previous reviews.

5 months ago

Overgrown in spots but easy enough for the grandson to hike

5 months ago

Good hike, nice inclines, definitely got the heart rate up in a few spots. Trail was very sparsely populated; we only saw 2 other people on our whole hike. Waterfall is off to the left within your first quarter mile or so, careful you don’t miss it!

6 months ago

A little rocky and uncertain at first but good exercise, wide trail, and protected from the elements. Trailhead #2 starts with a small bridge and then a switchback into a rocky path (take care of your ankles). Waterfall is super close to trailhead (look for small path down to the falls and whirlpool on the left side of trail). If you make it to the end of buck creek trail there is a narrow addition built by a local Boy Scout troop from White Salmon.

Overall, not much for gorge views but a nice walk along the creek.

I certainly felt like I got a workout from the up and down of the trail and would recommend shoes that you can walk over the watershed as crosses the trail to make its way down to the creek.

7 months ago

(1/14-18) After seeing no photos and reading only two reviews, we decided to give it a try and even brought the poodle! It was a lovely wooded hike. You do need a Discovery Pass though!

Turns out there are three different trail heads as well. The one on AllTrails has you going all the way to the tiny camp ground that has a toilet. Before you get there though, you’ll see two different signs for the trail. You could do any one of them, really.

The falls were closest to the location where AllTrails has you parked. They’re about 20ft Tall and empty into what looks like a whirlpool. It’s beautiful! Definitely go. It’s easy and worth it.

7 months ago

it was a nice easy walk in the woods, my dogs loved it, along the river the whole time and a pretty waterfall that looks good for swimming in the summer. I'd agree, I wouldn't travel far for this hike specifically, but I live nearby and enjoyed it. Was a little confused by the signage, after a couple miles it points you towards the other trailhead or the loop, I went for the loop but it just took me right to the road and I couldn't see where it continued so I turned around and went back the same way I came.

11 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.

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