This gorgeous hike through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest ends with an impressive 220-foot, three-tiered waterfall, cascading over a forest of lush green or fall tones, depending on the season. While this waterfall requires a bit more effort than some, it is well worth it!
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How to get there
N45° 54' 37.2276"W121° 54' 54.1044"
This photo of Falls Creek Falls was taken from downriver on Falls Creek, looking back east toward the waterfall. To get here, park at the parking lot at the Falls Creek Fall trailhead (45.905755, -121.939890). The trailhead is clearly visible from the parking area.
As you near the end of the trail you will get your first glimpse of the massive 220ft waterfall. Continue hiking until you arrive at the overlook. You can take several shots here, or if you are feeling more adventurous and don't mind the spray from the falls, scramble to the small ledge below for a different perspective.
To achieve the angle photographed here, you will need to backtrack slightly along the main trail until you reach a steep trail leading down to the river. The trail is very unmaintained and you may need to do a bit of navigating on your way down to the river. From here, position your camera facing upriver towards the waterfall.
Driving directions from Carson:
- Head north on Wind River Hwy
- Turn right onto Meadow Creek Rd/NF-30
- Turn right onto NF-3062
- NF-3062 turns slightly right and becomes NF-057
- Park next to the Falls Creek Falls trailhead
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