Little Mashel Falls Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Eatonville, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips 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

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

bugs

muddy

over grown

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. 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 is 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.

6 days ago

You need to find a stone graffitied “falls” and veer off the main road to the left to find the yellow diamonds trail to upper and lower falls, goodluck! To enter the trail we went over a white hurdle, continues by the lake and up towards your right, immediate left turn to the “do not enter” (referring to vehicles) kind of tricky but WORTH IT!

hiking
13 days ago

The hike was not bad over all. Not very well marked on the trail which ways to go. There are several residents that live in the area. It wasn't muddy or too cold. The view of the waterfall wasn't too impressive as I had hoped.

14 days ago

Nice hike. Was not too muddy. Not totally sure that we found the right falls, but we found some. They did not look like a picture that was shown us when we wanted to confirm we were in the right track. There was much more to explore then we had time for, so we will definitely be going back.

hiking
14 days ago

Very easy hike in, trail just a little slick in areas by the falls. Falls were gorgeous and very enjoyable to listen to.

trail running
26 days ago

Falls larger and better than expected

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful hike, wet leaf litter and mud near the falls made it a little slow going, but well worth it.

2 months ago

Trail is closed until October 1st for logging. A huge disappointment

2 months ago

came in on the little mashel falls-bud Blancher trail side. beautiful trail but beware of vicious blue heeler living on the ranch the trail goes by on the right side. my dog was bit and had to turn back. need to try again with out the pup!

hiking
3 months ago

Great little hike. However, we didn't use the trail and took an adventure up river. Very scenic. Only downside is the area was a bit sketchy and there was some litter in and around the creek

3 months ago

Hiked on 8/24. Water volume was low and definitely want to go back when sunny and warm, earlier in Summer. Good exercise, not too easy. Start at park, not on logging road.

3 months ago

Was a Decent hike the falls were running slow so not as great as I expected. Still a good time though

3 months ago

LOVED IT!!! super nice views and beautiful beautiful waterfall so peaceful and so relaxing!!! I would totally recommend this. I didn’t think it was “moderate” more on the easier side,however there were a few spots that get your heart pumping. Can’t wait to go back!

hiking
3 months ago

I actually came in through the Little Mashel Falls - Bud Blancher Trail the starts south of Eatonville. I suggest to use this trail instead of going through the Pack Forest to get to the falls. The Falls are great, but would be better in the winter time with more water on the river. Very cool hiking around the falls. Steep at some points but trials are well maintained and open. Countless areas to swim and kick back on the rocks.

hiking
3 months ago

great fun family hike

3 months ago

Went today. The trail is closed until October 1, 2018 for logging. Now have to enter through Smallwood Park. Was about 3 miles to the lower falls.

hiking
3 months ago

ALERT-- HI THEFT WARNING. Our vehicle was broken into while we hiked. They busted the car window out and when we started to look around it appears this is a regular occurrence here given all the broken glass in the parking area. The falls were beautiful and the hike was kid friendly.

3 months ago

Start a little ways out of Eatonville, cross over railroad tracks. Great hike from TomTom Falls; the river was low, so we followed the river to the top of Little Mashel Falls. We went back up and around down to lower Little Mashel Falls great place to swim. Returned on a Wooded Trail above the little Mashel River.

hiking
4 months ago

Coming from the perspective of an avid hiker this was nice walk in the park. That being said, there are some steep inclines but they're short, maybe 1/4 mile or less. Most of the hike is a very slight, 3-5% incline. Doable hike for all skill levels. However, during the steep parts there are a lot of steps so if you have bad knees it may be difficult.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this trail. Signage could be better.

4 months ago

This has to be my favorite trail ever! This place is unmarked. The only way to find it is by seeing a large side dirt pull out. Leave your car there go through the brush until you see the train tracks. Follow the train tracks to the left. Cross the pass and you will encounter the falls. Super easy. You can climb down and find 2 other sets of falls!!!

walking
4 months ago

The waterfall is incredible, but unfortunately the walk to it isn’t much of a hike — not to mention, the trails aren’t marked well at all (aside from signs someone wrote on printer paper at the beginning). We followed the directions on the Washington Trails website, which helped up until the turn to the falls. A rock that once had “FALLS” written on it is now covered in graffiti, leading us to miss the turn and walk an extra 2-3 miles on the same boring, relatively flat gravel road. I also ran into others who were lost and confused as to where to turn to the falls. Once you know the route, it’s not bad, but first-time visitors could have difficultly because of the lack of trail markings.

walking
4 months ago

there are two ways to go one way is a long gravel road or the other is near rail road tracks up near the actual road.. (do your research) which is 100xs quicker I found out after walking the 3 miles of gravel road!! my fault. once you get to the actual trails and waterfalls they're amazing. wouldnt recommend doing it after it rains very very slippery near the river... obviously

4 months ago

Watch out for vandals! I had nothing in my BMW X5, but they broke out the rear driver side window. They bolted when the alarm went off. The experience ruined a great morning and I am out 400 bucks. I have been coming here for twenty years since high school and have never had a problem. It’s just so sad.

4 months ago

I went there yesterday (with the family and dogs) and following directions from the UW research park to keep left we ended up hiking up the mountain trail several miles before realizing we must have gone in a different way. After going back on the gravel dirt path where those directions said to keep left at the yellow diamond we found the middle falls were only about 30 min or so from where we went in. If you want to hike for 2 hours start at the UW research park. If you want to take a path from outside of Eatonville on the road to Alder Lake there is a large lot on the side of the road to park and you can walk into the forest, cross the railroad trestle and be a lot closer to the trails for the falls. It is harder to get small children and dogs in this way as there is a steep decline where you have to ride down on your butt or use the rope someone put there to help descend. There are lots of wading areas by the trestle and smaller falls before the river goes down into what is known as the upper, middle, and lower falls. Well worth it! Will definitely do again soon! Likely will take the same way again as it feels like more of a nature hike, can spend more time exploring the trails/falls, and didn't see any of the litter that was mentioned on the other path! The kids and dogs all enjoyed the swim!

I love this trail I love climbing the waterfall at the end up to the two other waterfalls it’s beautiful

4 months ago

Done this hike twice. First with a friend and second with relatives that has 2 - 7 year old kids. I rate it as easy but on the way back- from the waterfalls- it is pretty steep. Make sure you have good shoes though since going down can be slippery esp. if it rained. Highly Recommended!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Went on this hike on Saturday. yes, it is a gravel road much of the way, but still fun and worth it!

5 months ago

Always a nice hike, railroad tracks are cool and in the middle falls some swimming holes!

5 months ago

Very well maintained trail! People there to help you find the falls and also lots of signs!

hiking
5 months ago

Not impressed--a hike? yeah not so much..do you LOVE walking on a long road covered in rocks as Pierce County officials cruise by you? How about TOO MANY PEOPLE? Do you enjoy seeing trash EVERYWHERE? Then this is the walk for you..its not a hike, kid friendly? Maybe...There are no views of anything lol except a dirty trail littered with garbage (water bottles, candy wrappers, misc clothing items) ...seriously..save your energy and go elsewhere, this isnt one of those "hidden gems" this is one of those dirty creeks that run along a highway that just happens to have a drop off that creates a waterfall...otherwise, 6 hours of my life I will never see again....

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