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Spirit Falls Hike

Little White Salmon River

Columbia River Gorge, Washington

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  • Trail beginning through talus field and oregon white oaks.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Spirit Falls Trail through talus field.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Spirit Falls Trail through talus field.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • View of Little White Salmon gorge.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Spirit Falls Hike.- Spirit Falls Hike
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  • Little White Salmon River at Spirit Falls.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Little White Salmon River at Spirit Falls.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Spirit Falls, Little White Salmon River.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Little White Salmon gorge at Spirit Falls.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Spirit Falls, Little White Salmon River.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Spirit Falls, Little White Salmon River.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Rainbows are not uncommon in the mist.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Spirit Falls, Little White Salmon River.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Spirit Falls, Little White Salmon River.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Little White Salmon River at Spirit Falls.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Spirit Falls, Little White Salmon River.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • A kayaker takes his final strokes off Spirit Falls.- Spirit Falls Hike
  • Autumn colors provide some excellent contras to the bright blue waters.- Spirit Falls Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short hike to scenic and hidden 40 ft. waterfall.
Cons: 
Unmarked trailhead. Trail unmaintained and difficult to follow.
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Alerts: 
This hike is currently closed. A portion of this hike leads through private land, and the landowner is not currently granting access to hikers.
Region:
Columbia River Gorge, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
516.00 ft (157.28 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.70 mi (1.13 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
730.00 ft (222.50 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Spirit Falls is world famous amongst kayakers, but that doesn’t mean it will be crowded with tourists like the other waterfalls of the gorge. A steep, unmarked and unmaintained trail down a rocky talus slope further protects the tranquility of this beautiful place. Those willing to do some searching (falls lie just north of the talus field) will be rewarded with a short scramble to an incredibly unique waterfall. The turquoise water pours 33 feet into an effervescent pool with an inaccessible cavern visible behind the falls. In all seasons except for the dead of summer, a wide thin curtain extends to lookers right, sometimes quadrupling the width of the falls.

While rain and snow will diminish the ease of access, viewing the falls during a cold snap will be rewarded with spectacular walls of icicles hanging both into the cave and along the wall facing the falls. Spring and early summer are the most likely times to see kayakers paddling over the falls, and late summer will be the most secluded time of year for the falls.

Note: Trailhead is unmarked so follow the driving directions closely and watch your odometer.

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