Outlet Falls

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  • Outlet Falls from the base.- Outlet Falls
  • Ice fed by a spring in the cliffside.- Outlet Falls
  • An outcropping near the parking area might seem like an ideal viewpoint, but unfortunately trees block the falls. The trail to the base is to the right of this outcropping.- Outlet Falls
  • Admiring the view of the 69-foot falls from below- Outlet Falls
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Deep swimming hole. Year-round views. Large waterfall.
Cons: 
Far from other adventures. Steep trail.
Region:
Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Trailhead Elev.: 
1,718 ft (524 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
100 ft (30 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
Yes

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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Outlet Falls plunges 69 feet into the Klickitat Canyon just a few steps off of Washington's Glenwood Highway, but due to its distance from other destinations and its inconspicuous pullout, the falls sees few visitors. While many will be quite content with the views afforded from the rim of the canyon, a short but steep trail that starts at the northeast end of the pullout will lead you to the base of the falls and the deep pool waiting there.

Outlet Creek is primarily fed by springs near Mount Adams, so the falls almost always has water. A steep series of rapids leads right up to the lip of this impressive waterfall. At peak flows in the winter and spring, kayakers will occasionally kayak over Outlet. In the summer, the plunge pool at the base would likely make an ideal swimming hole. In the winter, masses of ice cling to the cavernous basalt walls surrounding the falls. Fortunately, the trail is generally free from ice except when snow levels drop below 1,700 feet.

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