An Excellent Hike North of the Columbia River Gorge: Falls Creek Falls


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Falls Creek Falls

On a late spring day I drove north of Carson, Washington to a large parking area. The last two miles were over a rough dirt road with huge potholes.

From there it was a relatively easy hike to an amazing 250-foot, three-tiered waterfall on Falls Creek.

Because of the many grand waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, Falls Creek Falls gets little respect. It would likely be a signature state park in most places in the country.

Falls Creek Falls

Several miles later and I was at the viewpoint overlooking the upper falls. Feeling ambitious, I hiked the trail for another two miles before turning back. The scenery was varied and the wildflowers were many.

On a side note, my vehicle was the only one in the parking area when I arrived. There were 24 vehicles when I returned from the hike, although I only saw three hikers on the trail.

An interesting hike and a jaw-dropping waterfall – – – does life get any better?

Thimbleberry and Stonecrop

Falls Creek

Cedar Waxwing

One of many huge old-growth Doug Firs along the trail

Penstemon, Canadian Dogwood and Candy Stick

Nice stretch of upper trail

Paintbrush

One of the huge potholes in access road to trailhead

 

 

 

 

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