Chenuis Falls Trail

moderate 69 reviews
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Chenuis Falls Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Buckley, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until November.

Distance: 7.6 miles Elevation Gain: 419 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips


bird watching


partially paved



wild flowers


no dogs

Fee: $25 per vehicle. Only accept check or cash.

bridge out
washed out
26 days ago

Bridge out further down. Rainy and a little muddy in some spots

bridge out
2 months ago

Bridge is out.

3 months ago

Log bridges to cross the Carbon River to Chenuis Falls are washed out.

4 months ago

$30 day pass fee, FYI.This was a fairly mellow trail with very little incline. A nice walk to get to the falls. The last 0.5 miles of the hike are the best. The first bridge to get over the water is a little scary, so go one at a time if in a group. The falls at the end was worth the trip up. Not a lot of people early in the morning, we arrived at 7A and the lot was full but we didn't see a single person until our way back down.

4 months ago

one of my favorites! big beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike. I know later towards the end of the year the bridge gets washed out, so make sure it isn't! easy flat trail to get there, make sure to have a national pass. bathrooms at entrance.

5 months ago

A pleasant walk along a forest road, a precarious crossing of the Carbon river with a reward of a beautiful waterfall!

6 months ago

beautiful hike. we were visiting from california and couldnt make it over to Hoh. this was a beautiful rainforest. very secluded and peaceful. waterful was beautiful.

over grown
9 months ago

We rode in to the trailhead and set off from there. The trail to the falls (which you can see from the bridge right before the trailhead) was only about .2 miles. The rest of the trail is marked as 0.9 miles, but either that is way off or we ended up on a closed, unmarked trail. We turned around after the 3.7 mile mark. It’s a beautiful hike, but the trail past the waterfall is completely unmaintained. We climbed over at least 10 (large) trees that had fallen over the trail.

9 months ago

Nice and easy trail. Family friendly. The crossing of the carbon river is a bit tricky but not bad. I tried going up past the falls, the trail is steep and starts getting overgrown so I didn’t go all the way. Still an amazing day. A very busy trail as there are several destinations along this route!

bridge out
11 months ago

Good first hike of the year. Quite a bit of snow towards the end, especially across the riverbed. The first bridge to cross the water was washed-out, so we used a downed tree instead.

Mon Jan 28 2019

Amazing day! The Chenuis Falls bridge is still out, so we hiked up to the Ranger Falls. Beautiful!! The trail is clear except for right at the top. You’ll have to navigate around a downed tree and some branches. The fee for parking is $30 or a Mt. Rainier pass is required. There is some parking outside the park area. We did just over 11 miles.

Sun Sep 09 2018

Clocks out to be closer to 9 miles RT from the parking lot, but an easy hike with no noticeable elevation gain. Definitely kid friendly.

Sun Aug 12 2018

This trail was a really easy one, it’s a simple walk down a forest service road. But being along side the river was beautiful. The falls were remarkable, and the waster felt amazing on such a warm day. We hiked up further than the falls, and got a gorgeous view of the river after climbing about 1,300 feet over about 2.4 miles. If you go further up, the trail is very overgrown and there are multiple large trees down over the trail that you have to climb over.

Wed Aug 01 2018

Great stop after Green Lake trail. the pool at the base of the falls was the much needed retreat after a day on the trails.

Thu Jul 05 2018

This was an amazing hike! Went on July 4, 2018. Not a lot of people so parking along the road was easy. You start off following a paved then gravel flat road for about 3.5 miles. The scenery is beautiful and the trees that have uprooted are enormous. You finally get to the sign for Chenuis Falls and it takes you to a kinda scary log bridge going over a pretty fast river. Then follow the rock formations and other log bridges that take you to a forest area. The trail takes you to Chenuis Falls. The pool below is clear and blue. We then followed the trail back and to the trailhead for Ranger Falls and Green Lake. This is where the hike gets harder with about 1,600 feet of elevation gain but it’s worth it because about a mile up you run into two different viewing points of upper and lower Ranger Falls. Then we kept following the trail another .8 miles to Green lake which was far from disappointing. Our whole route was 13.7 miles with 1,778 elevation gain but it was well worth it. Definitely recommend

Sun Jun 17 2018

A nice little side hike.

Tue Jun 12 2018

Once you got to the end of the road, the hike was great. Crossing the (safe) logs and rocks to get to the falls was very fun, but the long service road you take, although beautiful, was not very pleasing the second time around. The falls were amazing to see, and worth the trip.

Sat Apr 15 2017

The river has shifted so there isn't a log bridge across the river so you can't reach the falls. Once the trail maintenance crew comes out this spring they will replace the foot bridge and you will be able to cross again.

Sun Jul 24 2016

Dogs are NOT allowed. drove here and the ranger said no dogs. We will try again but it's a beautiful area. 4 stars since I didn't get to go on the hike. FYI-They want $25 per vehicle fee check or cash no cards.

Sun Apr 17 2016

As of 4/16/16 the bridge was out so you are unable to see the waterfalls. Otherwise a fairly easy hike. But expect to hike approximately 8-9 miles. Beautiful views!

Thu Jan 14 2016

Moderate climb, great hike!

Sat Aug 22 2015

GREAT trail, went with my friend yesterday later when the sun was setting and it was absolutely gorgeous.

Wed Jun 24 2015

Walking the road is a bummer but the short side trip for this beaitiful water fall is worth wading through the river. I used water socks so I don't slip and they barely add any weight to my pack. Score for me!

Mon May 25 2015

great short hike if you're on a bike.if you're really adventurous. Get a bike,,,hike to the carbon glacier,,, see ipsut falls and chenius fall all in a day,,,,,,

Mon May 25 2015

Beautiful hike! Worth the 3.5 mile hike to get to the trail! Scary crossing over the river though.

Sun Apr 19 2015

trail closed as of 4 -15,,,bridge out,,,

Wed Oct 08 2014

Was not impressed with the logging road all the way to the trail but the actual trail itself was nice the waterfall was a wonderful view

Mon Jun 23 2014

Great little side trail off of the washed out Ipsut Creek Road. Definitely worth the extra walk.

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