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Lewis River Falls Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily 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.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,013 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

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Forest

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As of June 01, 2020, users have reported that the recreation center and lower falls parking area is closed, but you might be able to find parking at the upper falls (just an extra 5-10 min down the road). Please check conditions on park website to see up-to-date road and trail closures. There is a permanent detour around Middle Falls, the trail slid and is impassable between Lower and Middle Falls. All of the trail behind the detour is closed to all uses. Detour routes thru Middle Falls parking area. 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 there.

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Shefaali D.
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Hiking

Really fun hike, 4 waterfalls, swimming holes for people and dogs. Lower falls parking closed, middle parking full, had to park above the upper falls. Really clear water.

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Katie Bernal
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HikingGreat!

Worth the drive from Seattle! I would rate this as easy, not moderate as the trail was generally very flat. The upper and lower falls were definitely my favorite! Like others have stated, the lower falls parking is closed, so we parked at the middle falls parking lot.

Ryen Newby
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Long drive from western Washington but the water falls on and off Lewis river trail no. 31 were nothing short of breathtaking. Wow. Parking at middle falls worked great for me since the lower Lewis falls recreation is still closed. Stayed in the town of Cougar and absolutely loved my first visit to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Jerry Yin
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HikingScramble
Joshua Friedlein
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HikingMuddyScramble

This was a great trail. The Lower Falls parking area is closed, so we parked at the Middle Falls access point. We hiked down to the Lower Falls Falls first, which was a well maintained and beautiful trail. It was easy to maintain social distance throughout the trail because there were not very many people out and about (we arrived about 11:30am on a weekday.) The Lower Falls was breathtaking. The trail from the Middle Falls access point to the Upper Falls was a lot tougher than the trail to the Lower Falls. There were some logs to scramble over, a lot of mud, and a couple narrow portions along a cliff face, but the payoff was well worth it when we arrived at the Upper Falls. Highly recommend. One of the most beautiful hikes we have been on in a long while.

Lance Haun
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HikingMuddy

Parked right across the bridge, a mile west of the lower falls campground since it was closed for day use. Look for the parking sign since I saw many ticket vehicles on the side of the road not in spots. Went from there up to upper falls and back. Some mud between middle and upper falls, and moderate traffic at lower and middle falls. Perfect little Father’s Day bike.

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Jose Ruvalcaba
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Went on June 20th at about 10-11ish. Recreation center was closed and blocked by Rangers. We did the short trail (little over a mile according to the ranger). This one starts right past the little bridge which is where we parked. Be sure to only park until where the signs say. Rangers were in full force. Easy trail with kids and great view of the falls from high/across. Only 4 stars because I would have liked to see the falls up close but there was not a clear path.

Nia Ruvalcaba
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Hiking

The main parking to the falls was closed, but we parked before the camping by the bridge, and hiked #31. it was a little over mile hike. Rained the entire hiking trip. Kid friendly, only one muddy iffy area but pretty easy.

ronald russell
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Hiking

Awesome place and want to go again. my kids loved it too. the lower trail head is only access for campers. We parked at the Middle falls and hiked down to the lower falls. Absolutley beautiful.

Anna-Maria Hartner
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HikingMuddy
Three Ricks
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Hiking

Exceeded our expectations.

Ashley Croughan
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Beautiful hike!

Warren Mccarty
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Hiking

Great day hike along the Lewis River. Can’t miss with this one!

Amanda Goucher
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HikingClosed

Lower Lewis falls is closed however if you drive past lower falls to middle falls, you can park there and follow trail #31 to all view points of the falls.

Devika Agrawal
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I really enjoyed this hike because it was picturesque and pleasant without being too exerting. The trail is very soft and well maintained. The air is very fresh and the forest is the perfect getaway. The waterfalls were stunning and make sure to walk down to each viewpoint.

Christine Morrow
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Hiking

Lower falls parking closed. I parked at Middle Falls and hiked down to lower falls. This was the most calming and relaxing hike. The trail was so well kept and perfectly situated next to the river. I would love to come back to the campground and hike the entire trail!

NoHikes4Life .
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Hiking

Alright this is my first review ever. First of all, a very beautiful drive to the part. The lower falls parking is closed, so simply drive to the middle falls and park. If full, well, park somewhere on the road where allowed. If possible park on the middle, as I found that to be a perfect starting point for most regular folk who hike every now and then. I went to the lower falls, a small area of rocky path, but if you go carefully, really not a problem. The lower falls were very beautiful and so majestic. Then walk back up to the middle falls and do some more of the whole “I need a selfie, oh my god” scene. Then proceed to the upper falls that has a beautiful view, a huge log to sit on and enjoy the scene. Before going down to the water, there is a path that continue and you will end up pretty much on top of the upper falls. The hike to that is a bit steep, but it’s not to long of a path, but totally worth it. I felt that going to lower, taking a break, then middle, taking a break, and then upper, and taking a break was the best way to balance the hike. It was not a hard hike, but it’s all personal fitness level. I feel everyone can do this hike and truly will not deter people from hiking if this one was their first. Did I mention I really loved the falls? Honestly, totally worth going. For those campers or glampers, there is spots for camping and what not throughout the park, but please inquire with the parks and recreation or whatever Washington has. Anyways, I hope you will truly embrace the beauty the PNW brings, and this is one of those spots.

Katie Ford
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri May 29 2020
Hiking

Amazing hike! I did this yesterday with my dog. The lower falls parking area is closed so I parked at the upper falls (just an extra 5-10 min down the road) and did the whole loop (about 6 miles). Only saw 3 other groups of people so easy to social distance (I was there from about 9 am to 12 pm). Most of the hike is shady and you can access the water from multiple areas, so it was a great for a hot day.

Melissa Saucedo
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HikingClosed

We decided to take a drive and see what Lewis River Falls was about. Lower part is closed but middle and high part is open. You could still walk about 2 miles to get from middle fall to the lower fall. We decided to just take the middle fall trail. The trail is nice but a little dangerous for the little ones. Gotta make sure they dont slip. The middle fall was beautiful but cant get in the water from that area since it will drag you. We did ask around and a family did mention that the walk to the lower fall wasnt bad. I will have to drive back once the Lower part is open and check the river fall.

Alisha Strand
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Hiking

Can you still go in the water and hang out at that gorgeous looking waterfall?

Alisha Strand
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Hiking

Can you still go in the water and hang out at that gorgeous looking waterfall?

ruben mendez
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a great easy hike to some amazing waterfalls. it looks like something from deep jungle central america...but, its NOT! it's our PNW.

Candace Moon
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Hiking

Started from the Lower Falls Recreation area, so i enjoyed long stretches without any crowding. Water is crystal clear beautiful, filled my bottle & drank it with my Lifestraw, just refreshing. Would love to trail run or xc bike here someday. Good elevation changes & scenery to keep things interesting. Can't wait to come back!

Beta Schmilski
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Hiking

Great trail. Did it on a Tuesday from 1pm-4pm. Only a few people here and there. Lower Falls parking lot closed, but middle and upper lot opened. We parked alongside the road, and took a lower starting point below the lower falls. The nature walk to lower falls from this point was gorgeous, all along the Lewis river. You can also easily avoid the 5.9 mile hike by just driving in each parking lot, the lower or middle and do short walk to the falls if you just want a sightseeing experience. Roads to the trail open, construction on places but open. Unpaved road before the trail. We camped in cabins in Cougar RV Trailer park and tents to lessen the impact of the drive. Enjoy!

Kavi Rana
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I guess this is a popular trail in regular times but when we went yesterday we had the whole place to ourselves for 5 hours. We did see multiple cars parked at the trailheads. The website didn’t say it was closed specifically until after we left for the trip. It is now specifically saying this area is closed. There are no closed signs at any of the roads or trailheads but please be advised it’s closed.

Jennifer Cudnik
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Hiking

Really enjoyed this hike but to do it in this day and age you really got to want it. Only take FS90 in. The other roads are closed. There is construction and signs that say “closed ahead for snow” don’t listen it’s a trap. You can get to the recreation area but it is closed off so you need to park at the trailhead just across from the bridge on the right. It adds about an extra mile each way but don’t park anywhere else as money will be leaving your pocket in the form of tickets from rangers. The upper falls were quite nice to stay and look at.

Jessie Romero
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Hiking

Amazing Hike!! Beautiful views!! Well worth the drive and walk!!

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