Lewis River Falls

Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens, Washington

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  • Lower Lewis River Falls.- Lewis River Falls
  • Lower Lewis River Falls.- Lewis River Falls
  • Lower Lewis River Falls.- Lewis River Falls
  • Lower Lewis River Falls.- Lewis River Falls
  • Hiking along the Lewis River.- Lewis River Falls
  • Hiking along the Lewis River.- Lewis River Falls
  • A view to the Lewis River from the trail above.- Lewis River Falls
  • Mountain monkeyflower (Scrophulariaceae).- Lewis River Falls
  • Just below Middle Lewis River Falls.- Lewis River Falls
  • Middle Lewis River Falls.- Lewis River Falls
  • Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridus)- Lewis River Falls
  • Middle Lewis River Falls.- Lewis River Falls
  • The Lewis River Trail leading through old-growth forest.- Lewis River Falls
  • Copper Creek Falls - a short trek from the main trail.- Lewis River Falls
  • Contributor Shane Kucera enjoying some sun at Copper Creek Falls.- Lewis River Falls
  • Hiking along the Lewis River.- Lewis River Falls
  • Maidenhair fern (Adiantum).- Lewis River Falls
  • Hiking along the Lewis River.- Lewis River Falls
  • Outdoor Project team member Tyson Gillard admiring the old-growth forest. - Lewis River Falls
  • A view to the Lewis River from the trail above.- Lewis River Falls
  • A view to the Lewis River from the trail above.- Lewis River Falls
  • Bunchberry (Cornus unalaschkensis).- Lewis River Falls
  • Alec Creek crossing just before Upper Lewis River Falls.- Lewis River Falls
  • A peek of Upper Lewis River Falls before the full view opens up.- Lewis River Falls
  • Upper Lewis River Falls.- Lewis River Falls
  • Upper Lewis River Falls.- Lewis River Falls
  • Mist rises above Lewis River Falls.- Lewis River Falls
  • A spectacular wall of water at Lewis River Falls.- Lewis River Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Multiple large waterfalls. Old-growth forest. Wild flowers and fishing.
Cons: 
Shaded hiking most of the way.
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Region:
Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
250.00 ft (76.20 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trail type: 
Shuttle
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,500.00 ft (457.20 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Lewis River Falls hike definitely delivers on the waterfalls.  Glacial melt from Mount Adams feeds the Lewis River and leads to stunning waterfall drops at Lower, Middle and Upper Lewis River Falls. Photographers, fisherman and those looking to take a (chilly) dip in the river will be presented with dozens if not hundreds of options.

Driving into Lower Lewis River Falls from NF-90, you’ll find a large campground and toilet facilities. From this parking area for Lower Lewis River Falls it is a short, 500-foot trek to a vista overlooking the 43-foot tall, 200-foot wide Lower Falls. Once you’ve taken in the views and taken some good photographs, continue following the trail up along the Lewis River.

Just before you hit the Middle Falls you’ll see a path that forks off along the trail to Copper Creek Falls. This quarter mile hike off the main path is strongly recommended, as Copper Creek Falls is surrounded by a lush landscape and can be directly seen from a bridge crossing.

Returning to the main path and heading up river you’ll reach the dramatic, 300-foot wide Middle Falls that drops 33 feet over multiple tiers.

Continuing up along the river, you’ll have yet another great destination to reach. Upper Lewis Falls looks remarkably similar to Lower Lewis River Falls, but it is even larger. With a 58-foot drop and a 175-foot span, Upper Lewis River Falls is the tallest of the four major falls on this section of the river.

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