Chenuis Falls Trail

MODERATE 60 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 birding 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.

20 days 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
3 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.

3 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
5 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.

7 months ago

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.

Sunday, September 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.

Sunday, August 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.

Wednesday, August 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.

Thursday, July 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

Sunday, June 17, 2018

A nice little side hike.

Tuesday, June 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.

Saturday, April 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.

Sunday, July 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.

Sunday, April 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!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Moderate climb, great hike!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

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

Wednesday, June 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!

Monday, 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,,,,,,

Monday, May 25, 2015

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

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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

Wednesday, October 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

Monday, June 23, 2014

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

Thursday, June 12, 2014

First time hiking this trail, and was worth every step. The trail is the old carbon river road. Seen a few other hikers and mountain bikers. We also took a side trip to the old mine. It gets a little steep but also worth it. We did a total of 9.7 miles on this hike. I can say that pretty good for someone who smoked for 28 years and hasn't had a smoke in a year. Oh how I missed the outdoors!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

This trail was amazing! The falls themselves are worth the trip but you get to walk through the Carbon River bed and see the Northern Crags as well. It is a truly rewarding experience. However, it was slightly confusing to get here. So here are some better instructions, when you enter the parking area you proceed to the Carbon River Trail, which you will follow for 3.7 miles until the Chenuis Falls trail begins. There is a slight incline throughout the trail but nothing too difficult. Again this hike is close to 4 miles one way so be prepared and head out early for this 8 mile round trip.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Great trail with minimal elevation gain. There are many other trails that branch off of this main trail (old washed out road) as well. It's a nice stroll along the Carbon River. We ride our bikes to the Chenuis trailhead and walk from there. There is a place to chain bikes up and also a picnic table at the trail head. It's a quick walk to the falls, over a footbridge (if its not washed out) and soon after you're at the falls. It's a perfect little spot and it's mellow enough that it seems it'd be the perfect swimming hole. I believe the trail is much further than 3 miles total though. :)

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Beautiful & not very difficult! It is barely inclined... Has well-labeled trails.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beautiful day for a stroll up the Carbon River. Wife and I did this trail and then some. Thinking there was a trail to the top of the falls we continued up the switch backs. This does NOT go to the top of the falls. Once you cross the river take your first left to the pool at the base of the falls. Enjoy the view, swim in the pool, relax and take photos to remember the trip.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I have done this a couple times as a mountain bike/hike combo. Trail a little rough for bikes in places, but managable....We rode our bikes to the trailhead and hiked to the falls from there. It looks like a huge waterslide with a pool at the base of it......very pretty falls.....not crowded at all

Monday, September 05, 2011

This was a nice day hike with great views. I was able to take some nice pictures of the mountain.

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