Lower Falls Creek Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Stevenson, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.2 miElevation gain695 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlife
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A federal Northwest Forest Pass MAY be required to park here from April 1st to December 1st, the USFS website currently says "No fee required"

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Mount Adams Ranger District 2455 Highway 141 Trout Lake, WA 98650 Tel: 509.395.3400

Please note: The 3062 road is closed from December to April making the total hike 8.6 miles from the gate. Users have reported that the access gate is closed so it adds just over 2 miles each way to the hike trailhead. From the 4-way stop in Carson, drive 13.4 miles north on Wind River Road. Turn right onto County Road 30 (Meadow Creek Road) and drive 0.8 miles to Forest Road 3062. Turn right (east), and drive 1.8 miles to the trailhead.

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mike thomas charland
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It was a short east hike with a beautiful ending! Got there at 9am and saw no one else on the trail. Water fall at the end is worth the trip! Will do again!

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Tara Jones
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Let’s all keep this place as secret to locals as possible and not post the location on social media :)

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Sxoxot Pnw
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Went to the top, not too much of a waterfall view, but the view is still really pretty!

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Kylie Rassatt
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Gate is open as of 4/1. Road had some muddy/deep potholes but no snow and was generally easy to pass in a Jeep. Trailhead was easy to park at and had a toilet. The hike was easy/moderate overall - a great one to get back into hiking for the season! Trail was in perfect condition + had no snow, and the falls were roaring with the heavy springtime flow. Overall just GORGEOUS!

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Tyler Roomsburg
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HikingGreat!

Gate is officially back open. The road leading in wasn't too bad, but there are a decent amount of potholes, just take it slow. The trail itself is in great condition and the waterfall at the end is incredible. Would recommend leaving early though as the parking lot starts to fill quickly and will only get more crowded with weather improving.

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Melinda Laubscher
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The gate was closed, as expected on 3/22, for a total of 8.5 miles round trip. Parked by the gate with plenty of room for the two other groups that came later. No big deal to walk to the trailhead because the road is an easy hike. A little snow on the road to the trailhead and very little on the trail. A bit of slushy slippery stuff on the road to the gate so be careful with that. Beautiful as always.

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Danny Mendez
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Gate closes on Dec 1st. Making it a total of 8.5 miles. Road to get there is clear as of Feb.22. I drove my RWD and parked on the side of the road without a problem. Crampons or minispikes are a must. Snowshoes are better for the first half but not required. If you go on a rainy day make sure to bring an extra pair of socks and clothes, you will get wet.

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Stephannie Sloane
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Calm down Karen.

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Lina Alegria
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Fiorella Ramirez
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So if people can access it where am I suppose to park? I don’t want to drive for 2 hours and not be able to have somewhere to park Can someone put if there’s parking around or something???

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Art McConneha
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I started at 9am and the gate was closed. Also, there is a large tree that has fallen across the road right before the gate. This adds a couple miles in and back. It was a sunny day and it was so beautiful. There is a section of the trail that has water flowing over it, so it’s best to wear waterproof shoes. Great hike!! About 8.5 miles with the extra

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Lilly Glass Akoto
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As others have stated, the gate is there so it adds an extra 1.75 miles each way to the hike which I appreciated. The trek was easy and beautiful!! The main falls at the end of 152A was amazing!!! We had intended to do 152 but another time :) Definitely will go back. Was second car there, packed upon return...9 am start and we trekked about 9.2 miles, taking our time, lots of pics and spending time just relaxing to the sound of the water! Spent just about 4 hours out in God's wonderful creation!

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Dan Rhoades
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Great way to finish the year with my brother . Trail all to ourselves until the way out.

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Roxsee Huff
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definitely need micro spikes

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Vijay Kumar
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Gate closed dec 1st to March

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Bilbo Teabaggins
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Awesome

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Melodi Ramquist
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Awesome waterfall!! what a beautiful hike We spent too much time taking photos to explore the upper falls hike...but there will be a next time? A nice way to spend Thanksgiving. There were a few other people but not crowded at all. Every one wore masks. The road in is full of potholes but I think any car could make it in to the lot. I expected the trail to be much more muddy than it was. NO trash can - not even in the restroom. PLEASE haul out your own trash - dog waste baggies an all!

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Ruthann Andersen
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Great out there today. Got lucky and the sun came out and I had the waterfall to my self. Passed about 1/2 dozen people on my way out around 12:30. People wore masks or moved aside. Not very muddy yet

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Heather S
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great hike. the road in is rough if you don't have a 4wd and a car that sits higher.

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Sxoxot Pnw
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First time in Gifford Pinchot, wow was the trail ever so peaceful & gorgeous. The falls were way bigger than I expected, what a treat!!

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lady s
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I did this hike yesterday (Saturday), arrived at trailhead at 9AM, only 2 other cars there! We hiked to lower falls first then continued on to the loop to the top and finished the loop back to trailhead. We only crossed about 8 people but when we got back to the lot at 12:30, it was full, so I assume the trail to lower falls was really busy at that point. Road in is pretty rough, lots of deep holes, so low clearance cars are not going to have a good time getting there. Gate to trailhead closes for winter on Dec 1.

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Chuck Johnson
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Great

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Joselito Crespo-Pansacola
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I actually ended both the top half and lower half of this trail. Overall a great and fun hike. The road to the trailhead is pretty rough but not un-passable as a lowered sedan made it through albeit slowly. Do it again.

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Molly Swisher
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Gorgeous, but too many people!!

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Melissa McMurphy
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Katlin McNally Arps
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Beautiful hike! Went on a Friday, was pretty quiet on the trail, not too many people. The falls at the end are breathtaking, but the hike through the Forrest is like no other. Pretty mellow and easy to do. Took the dog with us as well.

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Peter Hays
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Bob Giraldi
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Russ Zornick
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Ryan Isaacs
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