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Purcell Falls Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and camping. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 236 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Camping

Hiking

Forest

River

Waterfall

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posted CAUTION notice "The Purcell Falls Trail is steep and narrow. The upper portion is "way trail" and not a formal trail and not maintained. Approaches to the stream may be steep, loose, and slick. Streambed is often solid rock and slick. Staying on trail is recommended."

Day use parking at La Wis Wis Campgrounds (5 miles East of Packwood Washington on Highway 12).

From Packwood Washington, head East on Highway 12 until you reach La Wis Wis Campgrounds. Parking is allowed in day use (for a fee). Trail starts between Site C4 and C6. The D8 entrance is washed out.

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Tiffiney Boles
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HikingFeeOver grown

Only .7 miles until you can’t cross the river towards the end. Beautiful views, the trail follows the river most of the way. It was a little overgrown but the kids had no problems leading the way. Lots of side trails. Overall fun time.

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Logan C.
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Hiking

This place was so beautiful, the smell was like fresh pine wood. It was just amazing all around. There was little waterfalls on the trail, jungle type of areas, a camp ground, and a picnic area (you’ll have to clean the tables off due to over grown moss). If you just wanna get down to the river bed then you can drive since the trails meant to be driven on. Over all this is a great hike/walk for beginners who are trying to get into hiking or who are just doing it for fun.

richard young
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HikingClosedMuddy

Not really sure how they came up with 1 mile round trip as the falls are basically under the highway. Not much water flowing right now but definitely pretty. With the campground closed now I accessed by taking forest road 46 as I’m sure parking along highway 12 is frowned upon. Was easy to find a trail to the falls area. My dog sure enjoyed swimming in one of the pools. Rocks are slick and moss covered. I bet it’s a nice place to go on a hot summer day.

Joe Salzbrun
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Hiking

Neat little stream running on solid rock. Nice spot to cool off on a hot day. There was a lot of people on the trail when I went through. Didn’t really see a “waterfall” more like a water slide.

Christine Gilmon
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We accidentally came upon this trail while hiking. The creek was right behind our campground and the kids were playing by it. We followed it upstream and came across the base of the falls. It forms a deep jagged cut in the rock and makes a waist deep pool at tye base. After a bit of play, we found the trail and followed the waterfall upstream. our 5 and 8 year olds loved the multiple layers to the falls. The trail was not bad at all. It was a fairly easy hike. The kids loved being able to splash in the water some also. They also loved the blue hole at the camp ground. If you are in the area, it is a fun little hike. Many people will actually slide down some of the smaller portions of the waterfall.

Joshua Tyman
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Not worth your sweat. Would rather play fortnite than come here again. Go to blue hole instead just right around the corner.

Jon Eliel
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Hiked on 5/20/17 Trail is no longer maintained. Usable, but covered with lots of growth

Neil Heath
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Hiking

So this hike is a series of little "water falls " that follows the path that the river has carved out. Really neat area, but be careful it can get very slippery! Great little area to explore, you can do as littlest as much at you want, also if you are staying in La Wis wis, it's right there so you have easy access to the trailhead. Thank.

Jennie Dickens
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Camping

My family and I went exploring while camping at La Wis Wis, and stumbled upon this trail! It had such beautiful scenery! The waterfall was breathtaking!! The kids played in a tide pool at the base of one of the waterfall spots, and we found a big frog! I'd reccomend this trail to anyone camping at La Wis Wis, it made the experience that much more memorable!

Bryan Levesque
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Hiking

This is a very cool trail to explore while camping at La Wis Wis. While one portion of the trail was washed out, you can still walk along the creek bed (if you don't mind very cold water and climbing over fallen trees) and the in tact trail up to the falls is worth the uphill hike. I went on a dry day following a week of dry weather do the side trails down to the water in a few places was not so bad, but I do recommend not taking younger kids on the upper portion of this trail. I took my pregnant wife and younger kids along the creek bed all while carrying a 2 y/o in a back pack. Not always easy, but the kids loved it.

Tricia Jarrett
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Jenny Robinson
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Vicki Chavis
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Jo Frick Haverfield
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Ruth R.
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Joe Salzbrun
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Austin Barrington
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Holly Boob
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Family Paul
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Tyler Wilkins
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Nessa M
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Corbin Levesque
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