Explore the most popular hiking trails near Carson with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We never did find the hotsprings, but the trail to the suspension bridge is very nice, with some rocky parts.

Today I was going to do Cape Horn, but when I drove up the colors had not changed enough to be worth it. Instead I came to this old favorite. A beautiful day for a hike up and trail run back! It was worth it the colors had just changed enough. You can tell it’s been a dry year two on the main side creeks were completely dry, but the main Falls is as beautiful as ever. Not as crowded as normal. The road is much better than it has been in the past, but there are some pot holes. I have an all-wheel drive RAV4 and only had to slow down in one spot to put in perspective.

We were enjoying the fall foliage colors on the drive up so much that we missed the “Falls Creek Falls” trailhead sign and accidentally drove up another 10 miles. We turned around and found a nice local who told us where the trailhead sign was - I really think there’s only 1 sign marking this turnoff, which is on a blind corner. So watch for mile marker #15 and the access road is just around the corner on the right {if you are coming from Carson}. If you cross a short bride named Moore Bridge, you just missed the access road. Access road to trailhead had just a couple small potholes, which are totally avoidable.. it was a pretty smooth dirt road, though I’m sure it gets rutted up once the rain starts. Hike to the falls are 1.7 in with a slight incline as you get closer to the falls. We were short on time, so we came back down the same trail instead of doing the longer loop. Beautiful rich fall foliage colors are happening right now {Oct 13th}

Don't believe the negative reviews, there are plenty of signs and I believe only two pot holes that I can remember. The road is well maintained and you can easily get to the trail head in a car (I did) and there is a large parking lot with a bathroom. It was absolutely beautiful, the fall foliage is incredible right now. I did however almost hit a heard of Elk so be watchful on the main highway!

Not kid friendly at all. Nice hike in, trail does have some steep slick rocky parts

This is a really beautiful and easy hike up to the falls. They're spectacular when you reach them. Saw lots of other people and dogs. The road to the trailhead was okay for my sedan. I was a little worried about the potholes but there were only one or two small ones and nothing too serious.

Beautiful falls from the base and very nice hike, but the signage is terrible, as is the road to get to the parking lot. We took a turn that we thought would loop around to parking, as described, and ended up turning an easy 6 mile hike into a 12 mile excursion filled with frustration. Download the map ahead of time...lesson learned!

Great hike, fairly easy. Will have to take the trail to get to the top of the falls next time!

There is a stretch of unpacked road with deep potholes, just drive slow and try to avoid them. A Honda Civic and a Prius made it to the trailhead. Dog friendly with trash can and a bathroom at the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Been up there twice in the last month. Did the short trail the first time, the long trail the second time.

Worth every step, and the rough forest service road to the trail head.

This one is a bit tame for just a day hike. Would have been better to backpack and stay out there for a couple days. It should not be rated moderate, either, but rather easy.

Very nice loop trail, all though the Falls Creek Trail #152 is more of a Mt. Bike trail and the rest of the loop is more for hiking. Falls Creek Falls Water Fall is very refreshing and great for pictures and videos. Cool camp grounds and swimming area up at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

it was a very nice and beautiful hike. There are lots of potholes but not as bad as some roads we've seen in Washington. The signs were minimal but that's why we have the All trails app and map. The trail was mostly soft and shady. The lower view of the falls was an oh my God moment. the upper falls and views looking down were nice of the valley but you can't see much of the lower falls. A short hike further is the small falls by a camp site.

Beautiful falls but due to poor signage and lack of signage it is very easy to get lost. The road up to the parking lot is absolutely terrible so I wouldn’t recommend going unless you have an off-road vehicle.

Falls Creek Falls. Easy hike with some good inclination to make your heart beat a bit. While studying this hike before I went everyone said “be aware of the potholes” and it deterred me from going. I finally went and if you just drive under 10 mph there shouldn’t be a problem!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail but too crowded. The waterfall is worth it!

the trail at the top is a bit damaged so we couldn't get a great view, but it's a very good short steep hike.

Awesome!

One of our favorite hikes in the gorge. Well maintained, easy to moderate shaded ~3.5 Mile out and back with ~800’ vertical (according to my gps). Good for families and dogs. The falls are amazing with a great viewing area. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy!

Easy hike to get to amazing hot springs. Just lovely.

Absolutely stunning! Everyone should see this spot!

It is an easy hike, which doesn’t take long with a beautiful waterfall you can sit in front of and enjoy. Most the trail is shaded, and it’s nice and cool by the waterfall!

Aside from the first mile, I wouldn’t vouch for this hike as being hard. I’d classify this moderate. Despite some overgrown spots on the trail, it’s a nice blend between mostly shady and a few wide open (dry) areas with nice views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood. You can spot the backside of Dog Mountain, too.

We only ran into six people in our in-n-out on a Saturday morning/early afternoon in early August. Good for some quiet time in what seems like a crowded time for hiking.

This is now Wind Wood Rivers Camp

The St Martine family have done a beautiful job bringing their property to life again after years of over grown slumber!

The Hot Springs on the Wind River is on the St Martine’s property line and offered access to guests staying on the multiple stunning camp sites.

Go to www.hipcamp.com

Lovely waterfall, short hike

hiking
2 months ago

Nice peaceful moderate hike.The waterfall is spectacular. The last 2 miles of road to the trailhead is full of potholes.

walking
2 months ago

Nice walk along a picturesque and melodious creek. Not crowded. Stunning set of falls thundering into a verdant bowl you can climb down into. The mist from the falls is a fabulous way to cool off on a hot day.
2 miles of rough road to get to trail head but not a problem unless you slammed your car.

I love this trail. Great walking path and fairly level. We only did the lower falls and then climbed up and took the trail back. Decided not to do the upper part, maybe next time. The hardest part of this trail is the short yet steep trail leading to the top.

3 snakes in about 8 miles on a hot, sunny day. Not bad!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike, would definitely recommend. The beginning starts out easy with lots of ups and downs and follows a cute little river/creek for a while. Gorgeous views everywhere. The first waterfall is beautiful and bigger than I’d anticipated. You then can walk back a little while and hike a tiring incline to see a second waterfall and cool off in the river. Very beautiful, not that many bugs and an overall good experience. There is also only one pit toilet at the beginning

Just did this hike yesterday and have to say that with all the Eagle Creek closures, this will be my new favorite. My husband and I were shocked at the amount of cars in the parking lot bc it’s pretty remote, but we really didn’t run into that many people along the way. At the Y we went left first and ended up above the falls. I will say that it’s a pretty steady incline but we love the challenge. The upper falls is small but still a gorgeous hike. The trail is well maintained.
Headed back down and went to the right at the Y which takes you right to the main falls. It is breathtaking. It really made me feel like there is still some of the PNW’s jewels in existence. We went down to the pool and it was at least 20* cooler with the mist, which was to die for on this hot day. To the upper and lower falls and back was just a bit over 5 miles and definitely worth every step. I will go here again without hesitation

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