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Falls Creek Trail Loop is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Carson, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 1,079 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

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Getting There

Please note the NFD-25 is still closed right after Iron Creek falls. The gate is closed on the road 3062, so you have to walk 2 miles in to get to the trailhead. Please consult the park's website before visiting.

NW Forest Pass MAY be required between April 1st and December 1st, the USFS currently says "No pass required". Pit toilets.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=31756

The 3062 road is closed for winter through March 31. This makes the total hike 8.6 miles from the gate.

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Reviews (406)
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V Reynaga
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Hiking

Really really crowded! I recommend going left and around instead of straight to the falls.

Andrew Kaylor
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HikingRocky

Hiked on 6/28/20 and the waterfall was even better than expected! The last road into the parking lot is quite bumpy so take a car that is prepared to get dirty and can make it through. The trailhead to the falls on the lower side along the river takes about 1.7 miles and isn’t too hard if you’re in good shape. The trail and waterfall was pretty busy on a weekend but you can find spots away from people if you venture around at the falls.

Bri J
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Hiking

An easy hike to a gorgeous waterfall. The loop wasn’t the best marked loop but we made our way around, and checked out the falls for a bit, in a couple hours. Worth it for sure

Jaime Jeannotte
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Beautiful waterfall!! Went for my first time Saturday. If you are out of shape, the trail is a little rough, but there are plenty of spots to rest and catch your breath. Worth it once you hear the roaring of the falls. The road to the falls is full of potholes. Drive slow and you'll do fine.

Amanda Lamb
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Hiking

Such a nice hike, easy for kiddos not to busy Saturday morning around 9. But coming down there was a line of cars going up.

Derek Peierls
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Hiking

Great spot with an amazing waterfall at the top. Trail is pretty busy these days, but if you hike all the way up to the top of the waterfall there are less folks.

Rich Jansen
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Beautiful waterfall. Easy hike on a good trail. Lots of other hikers even though we went on a Friday morning.

Bronek Grulich
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Great hike!

Matthew H.
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Amazing during the winter!

Trinity Story
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Hiking

One of the best hikes I’ve been on! The road was blocked off which added an extra mile or so each way (this was in early March). It was a super nice day. There isn’t any parts that are super steep which made it pretty easy to do. The majority of it goes along the creek so you can always venture down a little bit and sit by the water. It also is pretty shaded which is nice. The waterfall was gorgeous! I was able to climb up a little bit to see the upper half, however, don’t attempt it unless you’re confident in your balance, have good shoes, and are super careful. The rocks are still a bit slippery from the water and you could easily fall.

Lizzi Berreth
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Hiking

this is a great trail. the waterfall is beautiful. the second half of the trail is kinda overgrown and is mountain bike popular. the little spur off on the map is like straight up but when it levels out it's beautiful and has some dispersed camping. overall a good Thursday trail. bumpy road in but if you go slow you can make it. I drive a carola and I made it.

Shelby Lee
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Hiking

Great trail, I’ve got a medical condition so I had to stop a few time to catch my breath, it overall it was good, the waterfall was beautiful and so worth it. Not too difficult, like other reviews said the road at the end was very bumpy had multiple big potholes. My little Toyota carolla made it ok though

Katherine Fisher
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Hiking

great trail! bumpy road on the way there but nothing too bad. take the right path to get to the falls! got lost going the other trail!

Annemarie Vito
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Hiking

PRO TIPS: If you if you want to make the most out of your hike, head clock wise.

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Sarah Leland
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, always a favorite! The falls are gorgeous and the trail isn't really that difficult. The falls can get crowded, especially on the weekend, so I'd arrive early if you want to enjoy the falls with fewer people.

Dan Gartner
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Hiking

Hiked on 6/6/2020. Great hike. Not too much elevation and it’s pretty gradual when it happens. Amazing view of the falls. We didn’t find the upper trail overly special but it was a lot more quiet to come back that way. Very shaded hike all around. Like other reviews said - last 2-3 miles of road before the trailhead are very rough.

Bronek Grulich
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I love this waterfall. Beautiful forest, we went on a rainy day- not many people. I definitely recommend.

Rebecca Silva
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Hiking

Beautiful, easy going trail; Elevation gained gradually. A quick win for Waterfall Chasers. Go early to beat the crowds. The drive to the TH ends with a stretch down a long gravel/dirt road; lots of potholes and barely wide enough for opposing traffic. The parking lot has a restroom.

Dolores Perez
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Hiking

6/3 Beautiful waterfall! Great hike. Passed about 4-5 groups of people while there. The last two miles of road is terrible, lots of potholes!

Sara Schraufnagel
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HikingMuddy

Nice trail, and open! Beautiful views. The road is horrible to get there- two miles of potholes.

Anne Palm
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Hiking

Great hike, family friendly and well shaded. Is a perfect hot day hike

Joshua Hall
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Hiking

The hike was absolutely perfect yesterday! No mud, few bugs, a couple of cowardly snakes! If you are using the directions through this app, at least on Waze, it guides you to the wrong trailhead. You need to look for the sign to lower falls creek trail and not just follow the GPS. Other than that, excellent.

Royalle Ashley Asprec
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Hiking

The trail itself was really nice. It was pretty easy of a hike but there are quite a bit of uphills throughout but nothing too crazy. Family friendly. The only issue is keep an eye on your dogs! I discovered he had a tick the day after going on this hike. I’ve heard ticks have been out everywhere lately so be cautious please!

Vincent Ferraris
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HikingBugs

Amazing trail! Just amazing! If you do all the sites, it’s closer to 10 miles.

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Christian Lamas
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HikingMuddy

Short and easy hike but very rewarding!! Road was a bit rough with a few areas with potholes. The trail itself is well maintained and only a bit muddy at times. The waterfalls are just incredible. When you reach the waterfall you can climb up and around to the left of the falls to reach the upper falls for even better views. Highly recommend!!

Molly Monahan
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Trail is open, not too busy and beautiful!

Marc Shumaker
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Hiking

This trail is actually a tad over 6 miles, strange that it shows up as 5! Nice and mostly shaded.

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Stephanie F
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Hiking

Parking at the trailhead is open. There are a lot of potholes on the stretch of road leading up to the trailhead but it was easily accessible for a car w/o AWD. We chose to hike to the base of the waterfall first, which was beautiful! And then went back to follow the loop around to the top of the waterfall. Very nice, moderate hike that took us about 3 hours.

Monique Jones
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Hiking

Gate is open and always a lovely hike :)

Laura Russell
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The most gorgeous, meditative hike along the creek. As of 5/20/20, the gate is open and you can park at the trailhead. Highly recommend.

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