Porter Creek Falls is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Elma, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.8 miElevation gain354 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingForestRiverViewsWaterfall
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SEASONAL CLOSURE: This area is subject to seasonal closure due to weather conditions. For more information, please visit https://www.dnr.wa.gov/Capitol. A Discovery Pass is required to enter Capitol State Forest. Off-road vehicle users and horse-back riders can use Capitol State Forest Trails from May 1 - November 30 only.

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Camryn Santory
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WalkingGreat!

very pretty, beginners can do it. the creek was nice

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Trinia Arnold
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HikingGreat!

Loved it!!! A little muddy at some points, but nothing major. No bugs, fresh clean air, birds singing, and the view was absolutely beautiful. I must admit I was expecting a bigger fall, but overall this was great. Oh, and we ventured over to the campgrounds; they were closed, but the area looked to be very well maintained.

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Sara Voboril-Porter
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Hiking

Short and easy little hike. Muddy in places in spring.

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Colin Pendley
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WalkingGreat!

It might be kid friendly for maybe ages 10 and up, but definitely not toddler friendly, pretty steep drop offs from the trail, but it was a really nice area. Ended up hanging around the river at the bottom of the trail instead which was still worth the trip.

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Morgan Bertelson
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HikingMuddy

It was pretty muddy in some areas, but overall it was a beautiful trail. Would hike again.

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Bryan Richling
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HikingGreat!

beautiful area. some mud. A little steep but nothing bad. would hike this trail again.

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Nickole Waite
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Michell Avery
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so beautiful!! some steep spots but not too bad. muddy but pretty easy to navigate around. went during our first snow. breathe taking

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Michell Avery
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Sydney Whitaker
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Daniel azzarello
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Kylee Truini
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Couldn’t quite make it to the falls, thick mud for quite a ways. Some erosion on the trails, not safe for smaller children.

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Jacob Gifford
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Hiking

Steep at first but not bad. Huge mud areas by the river. but the ending was totally worth it. I had no clue it ended at the convergence of two waterfalls. There are drop offs near the creek so hold your small kids hands.

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Payton Callahan
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HikingMuddy

Lovely trail, very easy to find. A little muddy still around the river but overall manageable! Slightly uphill but good for beginning hikers!

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Tim & Amanda Greer
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A little muddy near the creek but not too bad. Very nice little walk in the woods.

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Hannah Braucht
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Brandon Braucht
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corrine ayers
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corrine ayers
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Lorie Manix
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Hiking

Lovely short hike to a pretty waterfall...harder on the way back up than on the way down.

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Rachel Vdolek
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HikingMuddy

loved this short trail! I hiked it with a friend and her 6 yr old so we went slow but it was the perfect length for kids. it was kinda muddy in spots but that expected in December.

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Holly Quimby
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail, Falls were beautiful in March and November.

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Joshua Pratt
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Hiking

trail is in good condition. relatively easy hike for the whole family.

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Kathy Wintrip
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mark curtis
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the trail was mostly grown over and was cutting through ferns up to my nuts and popping over downed trees. most of it seemed more like a deer trail than a recreational trail.

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Lauren Roszel
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corrine ayers
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Alexis Murray
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Short and easy hike with lots of fungi! It's a mushroom land!

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Carina Waite
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Very glad to find that the horrible potholes on the way in have been filled.

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Ethan e
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HikingGreat!

Did not go the entire trail so we did not see the falls but it is a lovely creek. LOTS of wildlife on the bunny trail (lots of squirrels, deer, and crows ect.). Plus there are tadpole like things in the creek (completely harmless).

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