on Lost Creek Falls Trail

hiking
7 days ago

Easy hike to main falls. If the cave is open, bring flashlights to hike to the cave waterfall that is just as stunning.

Very easy hike to the waterfall. Be sure to check out the small caves behind the waterfall while you’re down there. Very pretty. Also another little cascade waterfall to the right of Lost Creek Falls when it isn’t too dry. We entered the Lost Creek Cave but didn’t go far since we didn’t have permits. Of course it was beautiful until we saw all the graffiti. Definitly make sure you hike to the top of the waterfall. This trail starts from the parking lot as well. Lost Creek Falls is fed from a cave up top. Pretty cool! You can easily make a day trip of this if you get permits for the cave. So gorgeous.

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rocky
18 days ago

We took this trail on a Wednesday in mid-May. At the start of the trail you will follow the white tree markers. We ran into five other groups of hikers along the way. As suggested, we took the loop clockwise. A couple of things to note; you will NOT reach Virgin Falls if you take this loop. We were somewhat disappointed as we anticipated seeing the falls. We did see Big Branch Falls. This time of year it is slightly more than a trickling cascade. Also, we did two creek crossings. The water was low enough that it did not require a change of shoes or getting wet. There were plenty of roots and rocks along the trail as well as uneven terrain. We were glad to have our hiking poles along. The first part of the trail is scenic as you wander through the woods and then parallel the creek with multiple cascades. To complete the loop however, you need to turn at Martha’s Pretty Point. At this point, you will follow the blue tree markers. It is a uphill climb but nothing more than moderate. At Martha’s point, you will see a broad vista of surrounding mountains. From there the trail continues on an easy and relatively flat 1.5 mile old logging road. It is a nice walk through the woods but not very scenic. For the last mile of hike we heard saws and logging trucks. If we were to do this hike again, we would bypass Martha’s Point and continue on the trail until we reach big Laurel Falls (about 3/4 mile further) It is a challenging portion of the trail (We we know because we continued down this path for about 1/2 mile. Lots of rocks and roots and incline.) We would then return the way that we came. It is much more scenic and the reward of the falls at the end makes it worthwhile.

hiking
18 days ago

The trail to the falls is easy to identify from the parking lot. Take the descending stairs. Today, a Tuesday morning in mid-May, we had the trail and falls to ourselves. The caves are closed for protection of the bat population. There are several small trails beyond the one to the Lost Creek Falls. We took every trail we passed and are glad that we did! Each one lead to another beautiful waterfalls/cascades. The paths were narrow, rocky and sometimes muddy. Also, most involved a fairly steep incline. We were glad to have our hiking poles along.

If you have not done the Virgin Falls Trail do that one I feel it is much more scenic. The trail itself is mostly a walk through the woods on a pretty rough trail. With that said it was a good workout with little traffic and a waterfall.

Up and down. First part was wet in places and all uphill. Then downhill to the amazing falls. Rocky in places. Really nice hike.

Great trail very easy for my 6 and 8 year old. Kids can go into the waterfall which was freezing so only got our feet wet.

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rocky
28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Wonderful, fairly straight-forward hike! Absolutely recommend going clockwise if you do the full loop (first half is flat, with some steeper downhills). Make sure you turn uphill once you reach the sign for Martha's Pretty Point! We got a bit confused, because the trail does continue down the valley to the actual Virgin Falls. If you go on the weekend there will probably be good crowds, even during COVID-19 unfortunately. Bring water shoes if you want to avoid touching the wire, for one larger creek crossing. Fun, and easy trail!

Amazing waterfall right off the road. Park your vehicle and walk maybe 150 meters and see a beautiful powerful waterfall. There are also caves that are guided by a trail guide. They were closed today, but definitely looks like it’s worth the trip to check out.

Just had the most amazing hike here!

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rocky
2 months ago

Two waterfalls and a huge cave! And the flowers are amazing.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

What a beautiful trail. I went clockwise as advised by others. I recommended bringing water shoes for the cable crossing! If you bring your dog...loop leash over cable for safe crossing. I went to Martha's Pretty Point then came back the way I came in. Gorgeous day! Gorgeous trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This waterfall is extremely scenic. The trail is very short, you can actually see the waterfall almost immediately after getting out of the parking lot. Be aware that the here caves are now closed.

loved this experience. it was my first hike in soooo long and I'm glad I took it. I loved all the creek crossings, the sense of "danger" lol what if you fell!! I definitely want to go back. I'd love to spend a few days here and cover all of the trails, all the waters were just amazing. you couldn't pug together a prettier scenery if you tried. Can't wait to go back. I want to take my bigger kids.

This hike was amazing! We decided to take the Martha Pretty point instead of full trail because I wasn’t sure we could do the entire thing. Ended up losing the trail 3/4 way thru (our fault completely, it is well marked) we ended up walking over 7 miles due to our error but the enjoyed the views so much! We are going back when it warms up to do a camping trip! Does get much harder after Martha’s Pretty point but sooo worth it!

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rocky
4 months ago

With plenty of water, Lost Creek Falls was wonderful! There's also another small waterfall on a trail to the right, not far. If you decide to peek into the giant cave nearby- featuring 7 miles of mapped passages - be aware that many large icicles are hanging above the entrance; I saw several come crashing down as temperatures warmed a bit. Rocky trails with slippery rocks (moss, water) & ice near each waterfall. Another trail allows hikers to venture above the falls, where a wide stream cascades over the edge. The source of water is from a spring. If you climb to it, you'll see a small cave with eroded, honeycomb rocks channeling water out of the hill. And, there is another 1/2 mile trail to Rylander Cascades nearby. Less water, but still a nice waterfall. The cave is closed over the winter for bat hibernation, and is pitch black inside. This area also has a 4.5 mile (rocky) trail to Virgin Falls.

very well marked and well established trail,partly on no traffic allowed dirt road once you pass Martha's Pretty point it becomes more technical, several small creek crossings well laid out to keep you on rocks and out of water. we really enjoyed this hike!

Great shorter hike. Like others I’d recommend doing the hike clockwise. A couple creek crossings, one steep section, one easy ladder climb, otherwise an easy fairly flat walk. There is a section on the way back from Martha’s Pretty Point with oversized gravel. Well marked and maintained trail. Awesome view at Martha’s Pretty Point. Well worth the walk.

This is a family hike, very short and easy. nice place for a picnic.

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rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

beautiful falls and cave. short trail with big pay offs

Very short and secluded hike with a rewarding waterfall and pretty cool cave.

hiking
8 months ago

Really enjoyed the trail through the woods and along the creek. Creek was dry today, because of lack of rain lately. Did not enjoy the last leg of the trail, as it was down a gravel road for nearly 1.5+ miles. Should have turned back and traveled back through the woods. Trail was we'll marked.

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