Little Mashel Falls Trail

MODERATE 412 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.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

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.

hiking
5 hours ago

I went here on 1/11/18 happened to be the most rain all week. Made a huge loop, couldn't say how long it was, but we were out there for a few hours total. couldn't find the path for the falls for a while so we just wondered and enjoyed the beauty for the trees. Finally found it though and WOW it was worth all the walking. When walking back, we took another way and it was just a gravel road really. But the back way to where I packed, when we got closer to car there was more wonderful sites.

21 hours ago

awesome views definitely work out foe those of us that are out of shape. bring plenty of water and a walking stick. wear good hiking boots

hiking
6 days ago

Honestly the hike to the falls was a little lackluster BUT the payoff made it all worth it. A nice easy hike to do with the family!

15 days ago

good trail. nice short walk . dog injoyed

our first hike in the pnw! we enjoyed the falls that were flowing very fast. the trails we thought were marked fairly but it rained this morning so it was muddy! supper awesome hike!

hiking
27 days ago

lower and middle falls were flowing really good..beautiful and peaceful

hiking
2 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike! The hike was easy and the waterfalls were awesome to walk around and explore.

hiking
2 months ago

TO GET TO THIS TRAIL YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE PACK FOREST MT. RAINER INSTITUTE. Drive the road up till you see the forest headquarters and turn left. You will see a parking lot and the trail is behind the parking lot on gravel road. Also if you haven’t done Hugo Peak it’s in the vicinity of the institute give it a whirl.


Disclaimer!!!! I did mailbox peak yesterday so this one was fairly easy which I needed. If you are going just for the falls then I recommend it. If you are expecting to see sights along the way, you will be disappointed. I tried to capture it with my pictures the sights. Most of the hike is on a gravel road that people drive on. Until you get to the painted rock with the sign saying falls (in my pictures) does it turn into a trail. Going down is easy can be slippery with the rocks but coming up is def a workout. The falls are really nice and peaceful I probably sat there for about 15 minutes and just listened to the water. This is not a go on a hike for the sights. Again if you are going for the falls then you won’t be disappointed.

Follow the gravel road until about mile 1.8 where you turn left. You will walk straight until you see the painted rock and you will find your way to the lower fall sign as well. Quite honestly if you just follow your recording as you are walking the route, you can not get lost.

hiking
2 months ago

Not clearly marked, so we definitely needed directions to find it. The falls were great.

hiking
3 months ago

The walk up to the falls is not too inspiring but it's quiet and steady on the feet.
Turn left at 1.8miles and left at around 2.1 miles when you come to spray painted rock for the falls. Keep left once you head down the trail at a fork and the trail to the water will be your next right.
the steps and rocks are slippery but my 3 year old was fine with a little caution.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great, very flat hike. The Falls were beautiful, but the signage starting the trail, and along is very poor. When entering the local park, follow the signs that say “Trails” on them. Soon you’ll see a sign on your left that says trail info. From here, you can park and head up the gravel road until you get to a gate, and continue through it. There’s many turnoffs to the left and right, but after about 2 miles along the gravel road, there’s a large clearing and a big fork. On the right fork, partially tucked back in the trees is a rusted metal structure. This is the fork you want to take a LEFT at. Soon you’ll see a rock that has “Falls” painted on it, and shortly after you’ll have arrived at your destination.

hiking
3 months ago

This is one time where it is about the destination not the journey

hiking
3 months ago

I agree, the first part is very boring, but the falls definitely make it worth while. It was beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

The first 2/3 is somewhat boring, as you walk along a gravel road. Once you turn off into the woods to falls, it all changes. The Falls themselves are worth the hike. Be sure to take the path to the top of the falls and the one to the bottom. They are two different, equally beautiful views!
I'd also add to the sentiments below - bring a map! We downloaded the All Trails app and still took a couple wrong turns.

hiking
4 months ago

Not well marked at all. Make sure you go with someone who knows the way or download the map from All Trails Pro. The walk on the gravel access road is easy, but the hikes down to the falls are very steep. Don't make the mistake I did and leave your hiking poles in the trunk of your car. I would have felt much better having had them. The falls were so beautiful, but very low. This made it easy to go behind the falls. Would like to go again in April or May when the falls are higher.

4 months ago

The waterfalls and tide pools are awesome!! Its just very unwell marked and we will have to go back to see more that we apparently missed!!

4 months ago

Fun hike with beautiful waterfall at the end!

4 months ago

Loved were I ended up so worth the walk!

hiking
5 months ago

The trail was easy to follow because the tracker helped a lot. We missed the turned but went back to the right trail to the falls. The end destination was great!

Just a reminder!!! Before taking off make sure to not leave any visible items in vehicle! Sadly, our vehicle got broken into with a smashed passenger window.

hiking
5 months ago

First ~2 miles are gravel road until you find a rock with a faded "falls ->" spray painted on it. after that point the hike is wonderful with the three sections of the falls being beautiful in different ways. Bring a bag as terrible people have left their bottles/cans. The water level at this time was great for climbing around.

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