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Elevation Gain
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Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
7.40 mi (11.91 km)
Warming hut
No
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The wintertime snowshoe journey to see famed 335-foot Falls Creek Falls in Skamania County's Gifford Pinchot National Forest is a must for any waterfall lover.

Unlike the summer/spring/fall hike in on trail 152A, which only extends for 1.7 miles one-way, the winter snowshoe route tacks on an additional 2 miles one-way along unmaintained NF-3062, making for a 7.4-mile total excursion, which requires the stamina needed to finish a 12- to 15-mile hike.

To get started, park along Wind River Road at the intersection of NF-3062 and snowshoe the entire duration of the road, crossing over fallen trees and limbs until you reach the official trailhead 2 miles later. The forest road should be relatively straightforward; still, expect to encounter junctions along the way. From the trailhead, keep left at the first and second major junctions, corresponding with NF-055 and NF-056 respectively. At a third junction, keep right. A fourth and final junction leads to different points on Falls Creek Trail 152B and both are viable options for Falls Creek Falls. Head right toward the Falls Creek Falls trailhead and parking lot for the easiest access. This is technically NF-057.

Once on the trail, where the real joy of the hike begins, it is only a short 0.4 mile before you cross over Falls Creek's narrow box gorge on a wooden suspension bridge. From there follow along Falls Creek, mostly under tall stands of old-growth Douglas fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar for 1.3 miles until you reach the adventure's main attraction, the stunning three-tier Falls Creek Falls, with its largest drop (its lowest tier) measuring 135 feet. 

If you have the energy, you can return back on 152A for 0.4 miles and then head up trail 152 to gain access to the upper vantage point, which will extend your hike for an additional 1.6 miles round trip.

Note: Due to the countless fallen trees, limbs and debris you will encounter on the road and trail and the undulating nature of trail 152A, cross-country skis are not recommended for this journey.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Phenomenal 335-foot, three-tier waterfall at the end. Hike along creek. Old-growth forest.

Cons

Most of the hike is along a road with no variety of scenery.

Pets allowed

Yes

Trailhead Elevation

1,180.00 ft (359.66 m)

Net Elevation Gain

920.00 ft (280.42 m)

Address

NF-3062
Carson, WA 98610
United States

Features

Old-growth forest
Waterfalls

Typically multi-day

No

Groomed trail

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Washington, Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens
Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens, Washington

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens, Washington

Comments

Kelly, you are correct. The guide is up to date. Thanks for keeping us accountable with the most accurate information!
01.18.19
Correct if I am wrong, but I believe the road NF6032 is suppose to be NF3062
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