Covel Creek Falls and Angel Falls Trail

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Covel Creek Falls and Angel Falls Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Randle, 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.6 miElevation gain964 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeBridge out
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A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Primary Forest Route 23: Travel south to Cispus Learning Center.

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Matthew Wilson
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This is one of the best hikes we’ve done in a while, the reward at the end was incredible and we had it all to ourselves at 12:30pm on a Saturday. We parked across from the Covel Creek 238 sign and literally used the yellow rope as a guide to get to the right place. There were several downed trees but nothing too crazy. The bridges are nonexistent now so you’ll need to cross using said logs. Just take it slow and you’ll be fine.

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Zoey Pitts
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no bridges across the creek but easily passable, just don’t trust every log and fall in like i did :))

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Daniel A
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Great hike!!!!! 3/14/21...some snow on the back end of the rock (if going clockwise). Definitely doable! Have fun n be safe!!!

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jonathan thier
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Very small pull out area for parking across the street. Maybe 8 cars can fit. Took us around 2 miles to get to the first real falls (passing a lot of little ones along the way). The first real falls, about 30-40 ft high, is at the Junction in the trail. We walked behind the falls to the right to do the loop counter clockwise. Switchbacks heak up the hill and maybe at 3 miles in we reached the second falls. The second was taller (maybe 60 feet?) but cascaded down rocks the whole way. Continuing counter clockwise we encountered about 100-200 yards of packed snow on the road he back side. We brought spikes but never took them out and we were fine. There was a sharp junction where we turned left to stay on the trail. Heading clockwise there was a sign (where we were coming from), but headed counter clockwise was less clear. We chose correctly, and spent maybe a half mile walking along the base of these massive rock walls! At the end of the rock walls we were back at the Junction, looking at the first waterfall again! All in all we clocked 5 miles, but did some exploring around each place for the best photo angle :). Took us 2.5 hours. Definitely download the map because there were a couple of turns that seemed unclear. I think some good citizens also tied some ribbon on branches helping you out at intersections as well.

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Leigh Mallonee
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2/28/21 - Great hike! Parked outside the gate to Cispus Environmental Center. Did the lollipop counterclockwise. Microspikes recommended - especially on the steep sections after Covel Falls. For less aggressive elevation gain, an option is to view Covel Creek falls, then go back to the intersection and hike up to Angel Falls. Regardless of your direction, there will be 3 creek crossings. Not deep and easily crossed but does require balancing on logs and hopping on rocks. Quite a few downed trees across the trail but easily climbed over.

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Kaylene Breeding
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Expect snow and Ice about 3/4 of the way up. Only saw two people on the trail. Decent conditions with some down trees.

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Simone Priest
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HikingBridge outGreat!Muddy

We arrived at the trail around 9:30am. There was one car parked in the very limited parking area. He was just leaving so we had the trail to ourselves for the first part of our hike. Hike starts out flat. Lots of branches in the beginning on trail but nothing too hard to pass. Few downed trees. You follow Covel creek and it’s such a pleasant hike. Lots of waterfalls from Covel creek. Two bridges were out put so you have to hop over stones and logs to cross. Second crossing is a bit deeper. I used my trekking poles on both crossings. The trail gets little steeper as you make your way to Angel Falls. I was blown away how beautiful it was. You can walk under the waterfall and we had it all to ourselves. We didn’t see a single soul till our way back. The lot was full of cars when we got back to the truck. Overall a wonderful easy hike. We found it be accident cause our plan A hike got interrupted by a stuck truck in the road so we had to turn around.

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Maggie Miller
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I know everyone said the bridge was out and I went anyway thinking I’m a country girl and I can cross this creek. Nope too cold to do that. I did drive up F28 and found the trail marker and checked out the parking situation. Why don’t trail details include more road and parking info? Parking is premium in this area for sure and the there is really only one space for a vehicle across the trailhead. Overall the short hike was good for just needing to get out and be in the woods. Few places by the creek where the trail is starting to erode, but still passable. Also, if your new to hiking the short version from Cispus is a great starter hike.

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Natalie Gaston
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Bridges were gone. Made it past the first crossing but not the second. Hard to follow trail. Take a map for sure

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Jim Christian
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Morgan Cupcakington
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Make sure you download a map.

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Ewoks A. Lot
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Dude. No. I was on the right path twice - despite thinking I must have missed the loop cut off - the lack of signage here is ridiculous. I had planned to just follow the AT map, but my phone decided to restart and its an area with no service... lesson here: Download the map, or memorize the route. Beautiful area I remember from my childhood at the Cispus Center. All the amphibious critters where out in the rain today, the falls were great, the caves and recesses wonderful... Just print the dang map! lol.

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Ewoks A. Lot
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Debi Besser
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Lovely hike from Cispus - known well by Western Washington 5th graders - through the woods and over dry creeks to a lovely waterfall. We just went to the first falls since we read Angel Falls was not flowing.

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Geetha Beauchamp
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ben enfield
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hiked on 9/5/2020. Trail is not marked well, especially at the start near Cispus Center. When walking through the campground/mobile home park? I was having doubts but it got better. A map is recommended. Hiked with a 1 year old (in carrier), 3 year old and 5 year old. 5 year old hiked the whole loop (about 4 miles), but I had to carry the 3 year old a few miles. It was a workout. Waterfalls were awesome, and tall rock faces were impressive.

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james kelleher
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Jake N Kristin Pool
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Trickle only at angel falls Cove falls great!

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Dean Saxe
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HikingBridge outGreat!

Nice trail. Too many hikers without masks on the trail to Covel Creek Falls and back. The loop to Angel Falls was empty - we only saw one other party out there.

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Anastasia Bekris
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Hiked the trail at 10am 8/27/20 and didn’t see anyone else on the trail until the very end. Trail isn’t well marked, but we used a free downloaded Avenza Maps app that gave us a basic idea of which way to go. Two bridges were removed, but the river was completely dried up so crossing both parts was no big deal. Waterfalls were gorgeous- they were what we came for! So pretty. The photos on here do not do them justice. Spiderwebs were abundant and it appeared we had been the only people taking the trail for at least 24 hours. We cleared the webs from the trail the whole way. Big garter snake slithered across our path on the switchbacks and headed down the mountain, definitely making us jump! Amazing views and felt small hiking next to giant walls of rock around the loop at the top. Definitely would recommend, but wish it had been marked better.

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Fares Alshabanat
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It was gorgeous I highly recommend going to see it. the problem is that it's not clearly mark. we got little lost before we end up finding it.

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Beth Walker
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The app definitely helped to stay on course! Waterfall was fantastic! We did not do the loop. Just to the walk behind waterfall and back. Logged at 4 miles total.

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Brandi Howell
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great trail with pretty water falls. the start of the trail can be confusing and glad we had the app so we could follow the trail since the start has a bunch of spurs. the 2 bridges were gone but one creek was dry and the other had a log to cross. small water falls all the way up to covel falls. from covel falls we walked behind the water fall and continued to Angel falls. this is the steepest secton with a narrow trail and cliff on the other side it's very doable though and we did it with 7 kids. Angel falls didn't have a ton of water but still fun to stand under. going to go again in spring to check it out. from Angel falls you continue around to finish the loop. this part is a gradual decline around a huge rock. there is one spot you can continue straight but you need to veer off and go down hill. again having the downloaded map helped. the loop puts you back at covel falls and you then go back the way you started.

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