Spirit Falls Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near White Salmon, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 505 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Note: This trail is next is next to private property. Stay on trail. Easy to follow, but a steep and sometimes slippery trail that leads to an absolutely beautiful waterfall. Fun, steep, rugged trail - be prepared to get muddy! The start is now about 100 yards before mile 2 marker and is not well marked.

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3 days ago

This trail was a struggle for me - going down I slipped numerous times (definitely should’ve had shoes with better traction). the trail goes basically directly down a dirt/rock trail/loose rock trail, it’s very dusty and steep so be careful and go slow, especially around the falls area, there are a few spots that looked like a perfect way to end up slipping into the falls. The way back up was much easier for me (slipping wise, I basically climbed) plenty of roots to grab onto and easier to control speed. The view the waterfall gave was unreal and felt pretty isolated, which adds to the magic of it. Don’t recommend for kids, dogs, or anyone who isn’t very agile

hiking
4 days ago

Not for weenies....This trail is short, but very steep. One could say it is dangerous when going down hill at many spots; easy to slip on the scree, or on packed dirt and tumble down a precipice. TAKE TRECKING POLES! It's worth it, however. There's a beautiful waterfall cascading over a rocky cave, aqua colored water (at least on a clear blue day), and cool breezes coming down the ravine to dry the sweat.

hiking
11 days ago

This trail is no joke - straight down and straight up but the reward: WOW!! Highly encourage sturdy shoes and a walking stick or poles.

recorded Spirit Falls Trail

hiking
15 days ago

It is a toughie but short! Waterfall is beautiful! Bring trekking poles!

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rocky
22 days ago

Steep but beautiful!

hiking
25 days ago

Hell of a short 0.4 mile hike each way but well worth it.

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29 days ago

Loved it. Short and sweet. Yeah it’s a steep way down but that’s what makes it fun. I wouldn’t recommend for kids unless they can hold their own.

hiking
29 days ago

Steep hike with little to grab on to. Going down is worse than coming out in my opinion. The falls are beautiful and worth the hike. I’ve never used trekking poles but I can see how they’d be helpful on this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

While the end of this trail is incredible, as others said, it was extremely difficult. There’s very little to hold on to or help you get down the mountain at points and there’s a lot of dust so it’s easy to slide and fall. It’s almost all extremely steep. While other mentioned bringing children, I would not unless their older and extremely sure footed. All of this said I would do it again, w a walking stick and stronger hiking boots.

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rocky
1 month ago

Short and tricky but well worth the effort. A beautiful view at the end.

recorded Recording - Jul 19, 06:43 PM

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

I was nervous about doing this trail because of the reviews. It is steep but I found it to be more moderate than hard. Yes, it’s not a flat trail but I have been on much steeper hikes where you’ve needed rope to get up and down, so this one was much easier! I also had my 4 year old and was wearing my 10 month old. I would say it’s kid friendly , if you hike often. We all hike together 2-3 times a week and my 4 year old had SO much fun on this trail and it was easy for her. With a little guidance downhill of course. If you have kids, don’t be discouraged! This is a fun trail with a gorgeous outlook. Definitely wear hiking boots. It was much faster going uphill than it was downhill. Fun and short trail.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This trail was a lot harder than I expected but the view is completely worth it. The parking lot is down a steep hill so, unless you have a high clearance, I recommend parking at the little turn off right before the parking lot. My Toyota Corolla barely made it back up to the road. The trail head doesn’t have a marker but if you are looking out over the mountains and see the fishery, you found it. The first bit is out in the sun and over a field of rocks with the rest being shaded. It’s a steep incline that is mostly loose dirt/gravel with some rocks. I aimed myself at trees so if I slipped, I could stop myself. I recommend poles or a walking stick and avoiding this hike directly after rain/snow. Coming back up was easier. The view of the falls is amazing and if you keep going up above them, there’s a flat area by the river that’s perfect for relaxing. The water is the prettiest blue that you wouldn’t think was real. I really enjoyed sitting there listening to the water and watching the falls. I’d love to go back.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is pretty tough, a short sweet ass kicker. The destination is well worth it though. I would take a backpack with water shoes next to too maybe trek up river a bit. Once you’re down at the water falls there isn’t much else of trail system.

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rocky
1 month ago

súper hard and demanding short trail, not for kids. worth doing it

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rocky
1 month ago

Trail is rocky and steep, but well worth the view.

hiking
1 month ago

Very steep decent/climb. I think this is a moderate +/ hard level. Beautiful view!!

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scramble
1 month ago

A treacherous hike down to an amazing view of the falls. The colors are phenomenal! Not much opportunity to get to the water except above the falls, but some great view points to take a quick snack or lunch in. Takes about 20 min to reach the falls. Definitely wouldn’t recommend this hike if you aren’t well balanced or afraid of heights. Some very steep and uneven terrain. A small slip and you’re going a long ways. Also some tricky spots as you near and are around the falls that don’t leave any margin for error. Enjoy it if you are able to make it!

hiking
1 month ago

Agree with others on both the beauty and treachery of this hike. Steep and slippery on the way down. Good shoes and sure feet are a must. If you are up to it, the falls and the aquamarine pools are well worth the effort.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

We went 2 days ago... The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the trail leading to the falls. This trail should not be called "moderate." I'd call it hard. I agree with what others have said. The trail itself is somewhat treacherous, and is extremely steep and narrow. If you are not sure-footed, I wouldn't recommend it. We were holding onto trees, roots, rocks, and anything we could grasp so we didn't go tumbling down the trail. Once you get to the falls, the views are incredible! The water is a gorgeous aqua blue and it's breathtaking! Just getting there... that was a bear. Climbing back up the trail was easier, of course, but we still were on all 4's at points trying to climb up. We did come across a mountain kingsnake, but he was slithering away.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

very steep going down in multiple spots, I wore tennis shoes which proved to be a mistake as I was sliding down most of the trail. the trail isnt well marked but this app is very accurate for staying on course. not for anyone scared of heights or ledges. absolutely worth every second once you reach the stunning Waterfall

hiking
1 month ago

As others have said, it’s really steep and slippery. Wished I had my trekking poles. So amazingly worth it, and it was like we had our own private waterfall to enjoy while we were down there.

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rocky
1 month ago

great view fairly steep trail

Beautiful waterfall. Short but steep walk in.

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