Deception Falls Interpretive Trail

EASY 53 reviews

Deception Falls Interpretive Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Skykomish, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.6 miles
72 feet

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers

Deception Falls picnic area will remain closed until further notice. Call the Skykomish Ranger Distirct for more information at 360-677-2414. The parking area is closed, but there is room for a couple of cars to park near the gate. This .75mile interpretive trail takes you underneath the highway to a viewing platform of Deception Creek Falls, then continues along Deception Creek to meet the Tyee River. From there, the trail loops through an old growth forest to return to the parking lot.

1 day ago

Must see, beautiful trail and well maintained, along with informational posts around the loop. Several raging waterfalls just add to the tranquil setting. Another hike adjoining this trail to add extra walking/hiking..Family friendly, along with parking and bathroom facilities (however, closed up when went yesterday 4/23)

2 months ago

Cute little trail and waterfall. There is a loop that follows into the forest and along the river.

6 months ago

Easy access to falls

7 months ago

oh man I loved this trail! We stopped here on our way home from leavenworth, and it was seriously one of my favorite trails. It was so easy, which was perfect for us because we were very tired from our trip, but we love hiking, so we decided to stop real quick, and I'm so glad we did. There are some stairs, but very easy, no steep cliffs or anything. we brought our 9 year old and our dog and they both loved it. Very short distance and I would say there are atleast 5 spots to play in the river water or take pics. Choose to either take the short loop trail, (highly recommend) or go down some stairs and see the falls. must see forsure. we were there for about an hour, but we played in the water and climbed on the rocks alot.

8 months ago

Great little hike easy to see and get to the falls

8 months ago

A great, unexpected area! The trail is a nice stroll and has several view points. You can climb down to the river at several parts, go wading, and hang out. It is not closed, and parking is free. If you are driving through the area, it is a must see!

8 months ago

A fun, short accessible trail!

9 months ago

very easy hike, GORGEOUS views!

9 months ago

a nice, short walk along the water's edge. great for little ones

10 months ago

Fun quick stroll in a gorgeous forest. Almost nobody there on a nice saturday! Not difficult by any means but very pretty spot.

10 months ago

A pleasant hike. Our 5-yr old loves every last step. The falls are blasting right now. It is a sight to behold.

11 months ago

I've lived in Washington my entire life and I've never been anywhere so beautiful! the waterfall is breathtaking and the hike is lovely. highly recommend!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Lovely hike-we were here in spring and the trails are not cleared yet but the falls are spectacular! We will be back!

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

A little muddy but always a great nature walk. Tons of mushrooms and beautiful scenery! Easy but a good place to stretch your legs on the drive over the pass.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Beautiful views without the sweat-breaking workout. Friendly for anyone of any age.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Beautiful area, not much of a hike-loved it, though!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Beautiful short trail! A must see if you are in the area!

Friday, September 09, 2016

great short hike! went with my friend today and had a great time very pretty worth going to see ❤

Monday, August 22, 2016

great easy mini hike.

Monday, August 15, 2016

This little trail is right off of US HWY 2. It's easy, well maintained, and fun with a great view of the falls.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Well maintained trail and good informational plaques. It's not very long but there are plenty of places to sneak down into the falls themselves and get your feet wet! Had never seen a stream take hard 90 degree turn to the right before! Would definitely take friends to go visit in the future.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Great stop on our cascade loop trip. Definitely agree going left first

Monday, April 11, 2016

Perfect stop for amazing scenery.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Nice little trail.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Beautiful old growth Forrest and waterfalls! Great way to stretch your legs while driving across the state.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fantastic, being from Florida we are blown away by waterfalls, massive trees, and beautiful views. Glad we stopped the car and did a u-turn to hike the trail.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Great Interpretive Trail, We did this in October 2014 great views of the falls love the log bidge

Monday, July 21, 2014

The interpretive trail is no longer washed out like previous reviews have stated. This was a very enjoyable stroll for my girlfriend and I, along with our pup. The trail runs for just over 0.5 miles along various small creeks and the river before coming to Deception Falls. This is a beautiful (smaller) waterfall. As a photographer this waterfall is relatively hard to shoot due to the extremely fast and misty flow. Go during a weekday if you can because it seems to be very popular during travel weekends.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Thursday 6-19-2014: We stopped at Deception Falls on our way to Leavenworth. The parking lot was open, but part of the loop trail was washed out and impassable unless you don't mind getting your feet wet. The upper fall was impressive with a lot of water from melting snow.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Snowmelt is in full flow. Falls are spectacular, part of the interpretive trail is washed out.

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