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Mountain To Town: Falls Creek

Mountain To Town: Falls Creek

Mountain To Town Hike: Falls Creek

POSTED BY JESS FISCHER | NOVEMBER, 5 2018

  • Where: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington
  • Distance: 4 miles out-and-back
  • Elevation gain: about 850 feet
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Cell service: no
  • Bathrooms: yes
  • Dogs: allowed on a leash
  • Other: the road to the trailhead is closed from December 1-April 1, so if you want to go during that time you’ll have to add an extra 4 miles to the hike.

Fall Creek Falls is tucked away in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, off the Wind River Highway. The waterfall is an impressive 335 feet tall from the top tier, but at the base of the falls only the lower two tiers are visible. The hike is easy with a few moderate uphill sections, but is great for all ages and fitness levels. The hike begins at the Fall Creek Falls Trailhead (trail #152), and gently follows the Falls Creek River for the first mile before pulling away from the water and taking you deeper into the forest in the second mile.

A few minutes before you reach the waterfall, you will have a glimpse of the top tier of the waterfall which is not visible from the bottom. Once at the waterfall, you will have a beautiful view of the falls. If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind getting wet, you can climb down to the lower “overlook” to take pictures and get closer to the falls. Once you’re done, retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

Once back in Portland, Oregon, the best place to grab a beer is Great Notion Brewery in Northeast Portland. They have a great selection of beer, no matter what your taste. On nice days they have the big bay doors open so you can freely wander inside and out. With plants hanging from the ceiling and a great food selection, this is the perfect place to unwind and refuel after a hike.

During the hike, we were testing Lems' newly released "Trailhead" shoe. Trail conditions were prime for testing. We hiked over wet, slippery leaves, exposed tree roots that had been rubbed smooth from many feet hiking over them, rocks by the river, and on steep muddy embankments around the waterfall. The full length rubber soles are specifically engineered for both trail and pavement and they did their job; I’m happy to report that the shoes didn’t slip in any situation!

Another side note: I broke my foot back in college so a pair of shoes that are comfortable for both of my feet are somewhat hard to come by. Usually, if my left foot starts aching but my right foot is fine, I assume the shoes are comfortable knowing that my broken foot is just more finicky... but, both my feet were super comfortable in these shoes (and keep in mind this is right out of the box!). I was really happy about that. Additionally, the shoes have a wide toe box that doesn’t constrict your foot (I have wide runners feet), and a minimal heel drop to help reduce heel striking and foot fatigue. All of these factors put together made my feet pretty stinkin’ happy. I was impressed.

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Jess Fischer

Michael and I (Jess) just moved to Portland, Oregon from Richmond, Virginia. We are both born and raised Virginians so this has been a really big move for both of us, but we're excited to navigate life together on a new coast! We're even more excited to document this new chapter of our lives here on Snows Out West along with all our hikes and other adventures we'll be doing after we move.

Mountain To Town Hike: Falls Creek

POSTED BY JESS FISCHER | NOVEMBER, 5 2018

  • Where: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington
  • Distance: 4 miles out-and-back
  • Elevation gain: about 850 feet
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Cell service: no
  • Bathrooms: yes
  • Dogs: allowed on a leash
  • Other: the road to the trailhead is closed from December 1-April 1, so if you want to go during that time you’ll have to add an extra 4 miles to the hike.

Fall Creek Falls is tucked away in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, off the Wind River Highway. The waterfall is an impressive 335 feet tall from the top tier, but at the base of the falls only the lower two tiers are visible. The hike is easy with a few moderate uphill sections, but is great for all ages and fitness levels. The hike begins at the Fall Creek Falls Trailhead (trail #152), and gently follows the Falls Creek River for the first mile before pulling away from the water and taking you deeper into the forest in the second mile.

A few minutes before you reach the waterfall, you will have a glimpse of the top tier of the waterfall which is not visible from the bottom. Once at the waterfall, you will have a beautiful view of the falls. If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind getting wet, you can climb down to the lower “overlook” to take pictures and get closer to the falls. Once you’re done, retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

Once back in Portland, Oregon, the best place to grab a beer is Great Notion Brewery in Northeast Portland. They have a great selection of beer, no matter what your taste. On nice days they have the big bay doors open so you can freely wander inside and out. With plants hanging from the ceiling and a great food selection, this is the perfect place to unwind and refuel after a hike.

During the hike, we were testing Lems' newly released "Trailhead" shoe. Trail conditions were prime for testing. We hiked over wet, slippery leaves, exposed tree roots that had been rubbed smooth from many feet hiking over them, rocks by the river, and on steep muddy embankments around the waterfall. The full length rubber soles are specifically engineered for both trail and pavement and they did their job; I’m happy to report that the shoes didn’t slip in any situation!

Another side note: I broke my foot back in college so a pair of shoes that are comfortable for both of my feet are somewhat hard to come by. Usually, if my left foot starts aching but my right foot is fine, I assume the shoes are comfortable knowing that my broken foot is just more finicky... but, both my feet were super comfortable in these shoes (and keep in mind this is right out of the box!). I was really happy about that. Additionally, the shoes have a wide toe box that doesn’t constrict your foot (I have wide runners feet), and a minimal heel drop to help reduce heel striking and foot fatigue. All of these factors put together made my feet pretty stinkin’ happy. I was impressed.

Want To Snag A Pair?

Jess Fischer

Michael and I (Jess) just moved to Portland, Oregon from Richmond, Virginia. We are both born and raised Virginians so this has been a really big move for both of us, but we're excited to navigate life together on a new coast! We're even more excited to document this new chapter of our lives here on Snows Out West along with all our hikes and other adventures we'll be doing after we move.

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