Little Mashel Falls Trail

MODERATE 255 reviews

Little Mashel Falls Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Eatonville, 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.3 miles
692 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers




over grown


NOTE: DO NOT try to access the falls from the Alder Cutoff - people die each year slipping on rocks from trails on that side. The recommended way to see the falls is by entering from Highway 7. Follow the yellow diamonds on the trees, and there are 2 brown signs (1 for lower and 1 pointing up the trail for the upper). Muddy areas, due to recent rains, can make this trail slippery at times, so beware and be careful at all times. The trail takes you through a set of three waterfalls. Two are medium sized and the third is very large. About 125 ft drop. Access is a little tricky but well worth it. DO NOT bring children or adults that are not in good physical condition to the third waterfall. The name of this waterfall should not be construed as a descriptive in any way, shape or form. The little in the name stems from the river, and is actually quite the opposite of the waterfall itself. The largest of the three major waterfalls in the gorge, the Little Mashel River drops over a small punchbowl before sliding down a smooth concave lip and veiling 125 feet into a pile of large boulders in the gorge below. If you are fortunate enough to visit the falls in the spring when the river it at it's peak, you'll encounter a spectacular wall of water and spray. In the late summer, the falls become much more placid and tame, and actually provide an opportunity to walk behind the falling water. All three waterfalls along the river here are popular locations for the locals to come and hang around and the level of trash in the area reflects this.

38 minutes ago

Very poorly marked trail. If it wasn't for other people walking the trail we would have never found the falls.

You park, then walk down a gravel road until you get to a gate that says do not enter hike in only. This sign is small and vauge. Walk around the barricade, and continue walking down this loggging gravel road for several miles until you get to another fork in the road (again not marked) go left. About another mile, you'll see a rock on the ground that has spray paint written on it "falls" , take a left at that rock.....

This is where the trail actually begins, and it gets UGLY! IT IS EXTREMELY STEEP.... and they have brought lots and lots of loose gravel out to this site to make it even more fun to navigate.

As an added bonus there are little signs posted everywhere saying "In 2016 two people have died on this site. Please stay on the path" REALLY?? How about install some rails or some switchbacks instead of all this loose gravel? crazy!

Be really careful if you decide to try this one and wear good ankle supportive shoes for all the gravel!

The water fall itself is beautiful but once you get down there there is so many people all down there at once, it makes it very difficult to enjoy it. I

2 hours ago

5 hours ago

I liked having the easy gravel road for the couple miles in and out. The hikes down to the falls once you get near them are pretty tiring if you're not an avid hiker. So, the easy route back out after you're a little tired was nice. Definitely worth the walk! Really enjoyed it.

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1 day ago

nice trail. different ways to go and get to different parts of the water.

2 days ago

4 days ago

favorite place to hike!

5 days ago

7 days ago

7 days ago

Overall a good hike. If you don't want to do the loop, when you park at the parking lot the trail will split in 2, take the left trail and from there it's a straight shot to the Falls. The 2nd trail to the right will take you on a loop. Not much signs so you should have a map or use this apps map to guide you. Slippery and muddy in some places.

8 days ago

not much room to enjoy the falls once you get to them, but they are beautiful. someone proposed while we were there. very steep and somewhat muddy in parts and slippery rocks in others - not good for young children.

9 days ago

Beautiful falls and several trails to explore!

9 days ago

9 days ago

went to the lower falls As Well, perfect weather. would do this one again

13 days ago

15 days ago

The hike was good, some parts where muddy. Explaining to the kids about the two fatality posters that are up everywhere sucked. Towards the end got pretty steep and it was a little difficult for the kids. The falls were beautiful. Well worth the hike. The signage and directions were terrible and the trail map at the beginning is almost unreadable. Other than that really great hike.