Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
1,415.00 ft (431.29 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
10.50 mi (16.90 km)
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Hidden Falls is a beautiful waterfall, about 60 feet tall, and its base is easy to walk right up to. Located approximately 5 miles from the Grouse Vista Trailhead, the waterfall is not as easy to access as others in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, but it makes for a wonderful day hike amid conifer forests without the foot traffic of hikes farther south in the Gorge. Still, the trailhead is shared by the Silver Star, so expect it to be crowded on warm, clear days. A bridge near the falls is tucked away around a bend in the trail, another delight that makes Hidden Falls well worth the hike!

Parking at the Grouse Vista requires a Washington Discovery Pass. The beginning of this hike starts on the trail that is opposite the large trailhead sign. The fist 0.1 mile is shared with the Silver Star hike. Take the first left when the trail splits; the other direction goes to Silver Star. Stay on Tarbell Trail, and you will find Hidden Falls. The Tarbell Trail is marked well, and there is a sign at every intersection as well as every half-mile. Stay on the Tarbell Trail to Hidden Falls, nestled alongside the trail between the 5.5- and 5-mile marks.

This trail is mostly in the forest, but it also goes through a large clear cut. It looks to have been several years since it was logged, and there are abundant wildflowers in the clearing now. The new trees are only about a foot tall or shorter, and it is a great time to enjoy the area while the forest recovers.

Some of the wildflowers we saw:

  • Queen Anne’s lace
  • Wild bleeding hearts
  • Lupine
  • Larkspur
  • Foxglove
  • Many more

Take advantage of the Department of Natural Resources' map of the Tarbell and Silver Star Trail system, which offers a complete and reliable overview of the trails in the area.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

National or state forest pass

Open Year-round

No

Open from

March 01 to December 31

Pros

Waterfall. Wildflowers.

Cons

Trail can be muddy.

Trailhead Elevation

1,855.00 ft (565.40 m)

Highest point

2,520.00 ft (768.10 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,415.00 ft (431.29 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Waterfalls
Wildlife
Big vistas
Horseback riding
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking
Horseback

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens, Washington
Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens, Washington

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