Lewis River Falls Trail

MODERATE 101 reviews

Lewis River Falls Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cougar, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1053 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Possible to make a 7-mile loop hike, out and back along this 3.5-mile long trail touring the three colossal waterfalls on this trail. Park by the restrooms. A gravel trail sets off; take a right-hand fork to heard to an overlook of Lower Falls. Continue on the riverbank upstream, ignore all left-hand forks, after half a mile the gravel path turns to duff. After another mile, cross a footbridge; you can take a left here for a half-mile loop to Copper Creek's other waterfall, which you may save for the return trip. Continue along the Lewis River past Middle Falls to Upper Falls; the final 0.7 mile of the Lewis River Trail passes humble Taitnapum Falls and follows Quartz Creek to a bridge on Road 90. This is a section of trail no. 31 that starts at the lower falls recreation area. there is no cell service.

4 days ago

Amazing place!!! All trails open however ROAD 25 to trailhead was closed. Take ROAD 23 to 90 if coming from east!!
Lower falls are the most impressive but don’t miss on upper falls. Definitely worth a hike

hiking
27 days ago

trail to middle and upper falls were closed today. Bummer. But the lower falls is so beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Holy cow that was amazing!! Definitely worth makeing it to the upper falls

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful hike! Easy trail to follow and not hard at all. Beautiful views of Lower, Middle, & Upper Falls. Be careful by the overhanging rock face part of the trail as it seems rocks fall often in this area. Other than that the trail is very safe.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the falls in the spring the water is running. Great time awesome Falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was well maintained and absolutely gorgeous. I’m new to hiking, and really out of shape but with breaks on the hills i managed to middle falls and back. Couple muddy spots but no issue getting through/around them. Absolutely worth the hard work to get there!

2 months ago

Beautiful falls. Trail was nice.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful old forest

walking
2 months ago

Fun trail to walk, and great view!

hiking
2 months ago

AMAZING HIKE!! I wouldn’t call it a moderate trail unless it’s referring to just the distance. Nice general grade for the most part but well worth it. Will go back in the warmer months for some swimming, there are some great pools I’d love to jump into.

hiking
2 months ago

By far the best hike I have ever been on, hands down!! Some of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls around. I will recommend this hike to everyone from now on! Amazing!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Waterfall payoffs every couple miles plus a birch forest, lots of forest to explore and very quiet in January. Will be back.

8 months ago

Loved this hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous day on the trail. Very dog friendly with plenty of cool off opportunities for everyone. We went to the upper falls from lower falls, around 5-6 miles in total. Worth the drive off of I-5!

camping
9 months ago

camp sites well taken care of. Only bad thing is the outhouse toilets smell horrible. Other than that the trails and waterfalls are absolutely beautiful. Will definitely come back next summer.

hiking
10 months ago

amazing views and fairly easy trail to maneuver

10 months ago

Beautiful falls. The middle falls and the swimming holes are definitely worth some time spent. The lower falls is huge but not very much parking at the lower river falls lot.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike water falls were amazing

11 months ago

really good place to go didn't have to hike here cuz they got the Road open park has reserved spot

hiking
11 months ago

Gorgeous! My favorite was the middle falls, you could get right down on the water on a giant slab of rock with your toes in the water and right in front of the raging water. We went right during a thunder storm and the sounds were amazing. The water hitting the plants and the thunder rumbling through the valley.

hiking
11 months ago

PERFECT place to take my two high schoolers. Just the 3 of us, nice day, good exercise, loved running back up the trail racing them until I could barely breathe. Then one would pass me.... you get the pic. We will definitely be going on more hikes together.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

We camped at Lower Falls over the weekend. The swim/beach area at lower falls was closed due to the fast currents. The bridge bringing you to middle Falls is closed right now as well so we had to start our hike at middle falls. All of the falls were an amazing sight. The traffic was light on the trails and there was plenty of awesome photo ops. Highly recommend for all. We even saw a stroller up at the upper falls.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The road is closed about a mile from the trail head, coming from Cougar. Parts of the trail are blocked by trees and fallen rock but still able to hike the whole stretch. Beautiful hike!

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Beautiful Waterfall!

Friday, September 30, 2016

One of my favorites! You hike through the forest and along the river, so it's shady and, at times, very steep. Definitely keep close tabs on your kiddos on this trail, and definitely bring swim clothes! The water is irresistible and there's plenty of access points at lower falls. And watch out for mountain bikers! Pit toilets with no sinks. A few pick nick tables at lower falls. Dog friendly.

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

Beautiful trail through the woods and along the river. Spectacular waterfall views! The trail from lower falls to the middle falls parking lot is moderate, with the end a bit doggy as you hike up a loose rock pile. The stretch from there to Middle Falls is steeper and slower. We didn't make it to Upper Falls because the trail was muddy or covered by debris in places. The entire experience was gorgeous and I'll definitely return. My biggest regret: I didn't pack a bathing suit. You must go swimming at Lower Falls!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

One bad ass spot to swim jump or go floating down the river pretty clean park Good camping spots the hike is nothing lower falls is right next to the parking lot I would recommend getting there by 930 am its 1 hr 50 min from Vancouver if not you'll have no spot to park or sit the park fills up fast Middle falls has a quarter mile hike and smaller parking lot which detours the crowds but its a way better spot than lower falls again show up early it fills up fast

backpacking
Monday, August 08, 2016

the best hike to the best waterfalls

hiking
Friday, July 01, 2016

Terrific hike with plenty of spots to jump in the water! Highly recommend!

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