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

horseback riding
1 day ago

Was out with horse group 6/23/18; walked my horse across bridge and it is so slick that neither of us could stand up mid-span. I was knocked off the bridge onto the rocks below. Be very careful whether you are hiking or bike riding, but horses, stay off the bridge! The tie area is across the bridge but don't do it, tie to the trees just before you get to the bridge and "skate" across. We were able to get my mare back across, yes she fell on the bridge, by putting dirt and gravel on it for traction. This bridge and the one around the corner, needs fall protection like the others have

Awesome trail. I thought the elevation graph on the map was misleading. It's really a very gradual climb for the first 2 miles then a slight downhill or flat all the way in to the falls. Only met a few people on the trail. Long stretches of open sky so bring a hat and some sunscreen. We will definitely do this trail again.

Easy walk to the falls. You can walk out on the rocks, but watch your footing. There are multiple signs that say no water contact. There is a bathroom, parking lot and picnic areas here.

Decent hike. It was nice that it wasn't overcrowded. I thought the views were better on the way out than in. The falls were nice; you can walk right up to the base and soak your feet in the shallow pool at the bottom. It was pretty brushy so gaiters would have been a good idea. Lots of wildflowers and butterflies.

Nice views and a good little work out

First of all you need a WA Discover Pass for parking.
It was a wet and rainy day, so I’m sure the views are great in clear weather.
Hiking is easy going, if you go when it’s wet, definitely have waterproof pants or at least gators.

The falls are tranquil, and not high volume but still a nice reward at the end of the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike. my very good friend Laura and I did this today the only complaint was we had a bunch of ticks on his because the trail is over grown in spots, and the other sad part is when you go over road and get back on the trial it ends on another road and there are no signs saying which way to go.
steep steep steep!!

trail running
1 month ago

What a fantastic trail for running. Soft pine needle covered trails with occasional views, single tracks, rolling hills, switch backs, little to no ankle rollers, and a waterfall at the end! The trail is well marked and in really good shape.

I will admit it was a bit eerie being the absolute ONLY one on the trail. Not a single other car in the lot and not a sign of of anybody else on the trail. This is now my favorite running trail in the few years I have been exploring.

I rate 3 stars because it was so confusing I went on a low traffic day so I didn’t go too far I definitely would like to go back and do the whole hike though

the hike was great, minus all the clear cut. We seen minimal people and a few dogs. Hidden falls was great. Round trip, my Fitbit versa clocked 10.64 miles which is connected GPS, pretty accurate.

Hiked this over Memorial Day weekend and we only ran into 6 other groups, including one group on horseback. The clear-cut portions were very warm, even in May, so bring lots of water and sun-screen!

hiking
1 month ago

Out and back 17.5 miles. Trail well marked. Nice mix of open meadows, lush forest & lots of wildflowers. Views are fantastic on clear day. Took a little break at Cold Creek day use area and headed back. Day use area has no trash cans so be prepared to hike your garbage out with you. Saw animal droppings, looked like belonged to horses as they also use trail.

awesome trail had a great time.

Went out on Sunday was a nice hike despite the clear-cut. I loved hidden falls walking right up to the bottom of the falls was my favorite part.

Hiked on Sunday despite all the clear cut the hike was nice. I loved being able to walk right up to the bottom of hidden Falls

Get here EARLY and I can’t stress that enough lol. Wonderful very easy hike for the whole family. I seen little children ages 2-3 that were hiking just fine. Little to no elevation gain but all of the falls are amazing. BEWARE: The Trail can definitely be confusing at times. If you want to check it out before you go there is YouTube video I did below, copy/paste the link.

https://youtu.be/hDOKVLZPGsw

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on May 18: well-marked trail until 3.7 Miles. After that there is no trail. Beautiful scenic views, tons of wildflowers. Be sure and check out Yacolt Falls on the way back.

Hiked this trail today. it is well maintained and easy to follow. It was well marked. saw a lot of scat on the trail and one pile may have been bear. Paved road untill the last mile or two then its gravel but in good shape.

Beautiful sunny day in spring. Tons of flowers. A good heart pumping hike to a beautiful view of the mountain. i was greeted by hundreds of butterflies in the clearcut revovery zone.

hiking
2 months ago

hard not moderate but still good went here with my son and we had a good time. lots of snow too.

A very easy trail to navigate and follow, but has a lot of clear-cut sections of forest that can be quite warm in summer. Beware of snakes on the path when it’s spring, as well.

It was a fun adventure. I love taking photos off trail, looking for unique points of interest. I got a lot of great little photos on here. https://instagram.com/p/Bh-am7Fnd6z/

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail the first 2.5 miles are quite beautiful, with moderate inclined, water falls, view and just simply beautiful.
I did it in rain more rain and heavy rain with 35 miles in hour wind at the top. I recommend the trail in late spring when is full of flowers. Go be free.

Went hiking up here mid afternoon in the summer and it was perfect.

This is a national recreational trail - intended to preserve and celebrate our nation's pathways. The trail was built by the Chinook Trail Association. We began our one-way hike in the Cold Creek Campground and headed north on the trail with a car at each end (Moulton Falls parking lot). A good early spring hike with light rain throughout the day and patches of snow off the trail at the higher elevations (max 1600' . The trail south to north is 8 miles; 22 wooden bridges, 2 steel bridges, and a turnpike (all in good condition). Easier to go this direction since it is gradual up to the Bells Mountain trail top and then descending is easier. For the most part in mature mixed forests and follows two streams (Cold Creek then over a ridge to another unnamed one). The trail needs maintenance - duff retains water in low areas and berms need knocking down. The trail hinge has mostly disappeared from ( from milepost 3 to 8). Oregon grape, ferns, silal and other encroaching plants constrain the trail width but still passable. Most of the trail drains need cleaning out (the culverts are working well). Fir seedlings have been planted in the clear cut areas and a 15 year growth of Douglas Fir in other areas, with some thinning in older areas of restoration, makes the trail an improvement over previous years. Few realize this trail starts at Hantwick trailhead (2 miles west of the Bells Mtn trailhead) and goes 1.6 miles past Cold Creek park to the Yacolt Burn trailhead on Dole Valley Road. The extension of the Cold Creek to Yacolt Burn trailhead was improved this winter by the Washington Trails Association. A great hike with lots of forest and large trees (my score is 3.5/5.0). I do it each year about this time.

Very easy hike (more like a walk) with a beautiful waterfall.

This was our first time coming here and didn’t really know what to expect as a friend had been suggested it so we thought, why not? If you’re looking for a quiet hike, this is not it. We got an early start but it was a constant stream of people, bikes, horses, etc. Not a big deal to some but not my idea of a hike. It was also clear that many people don’t clean up after their dogs, which was disappointing as I carried my bags the easy 2.5 miles to the garbage. We came from the Hantwick TH and planned to take some trails past the bridge but there was zero signage which for a place like this, you’d think they would have some guide or map other than just elevation. we did the most obvious small loop and called it good as we were getting a little irritated trying to figure it out past that. Like others have said too, hard to see the falls in high water season so maybe a sign to let you know what you may be looking at would’ve been nice. The scenery and bridge were beautiful, it just wasn’t the right “hike” for us.

Hiked this with my dogs, started at the entrance at Moulton Falls (parked at the Hantwick Parking Lot). Love this trail!

walking
5 months ago

Very pretty trail. Short and EASY ...however, this trail is kid, family, and dog friendly. No real incline. Falls are literally a few hundred yards from parking lot!

hiking
5 months ago

One of my favorite trails! Great scenery and awesome view!

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