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Curly Creek Falls

Southwest Washington

Location

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region
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Length

0.4 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Highest Point: 1285 ft.

Rating

3.60 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

Take the wide trail tread to an unmarked junction with the Lewis River Trail #31. The Lewis River can be heard down below in its canyon. Turn right, traveling along the bluff high above the river, and soon reach the viewing platform for Curly Creek Falls. Curly Creek plunges to the Lewis River in tiers, passing beneath two rock arches. Curly Creek may be dry in late summer and early fall.

Continue on the trail for a few hundred feet to a second viewing platform for Miller Creek Falls. It pours into a plunge pool above the level of the Lewis River, then cascades down to the river. Miller Creek Falls runs all year, but may only be a trickle in late summer and early fall.

Miller Creek Falls is the end of the official trail, although a boot path wanders off into the forest beyond the viewing platform. Return the way you came.

Accessibility: The parking area is flat, but gravel. One vault toilet is wheelchair accessible. The trail to the Curly Creek Falls and Miller Creek Falls viewing platforms is relatively flat with a dirt surface that may be scattered with tree branches and fir cones. 

WTA Pro Tip: Visit in May or June when the falls are running at their fullest.

 

Curly Creek Falls

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.0607, -121.9727 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

Curly Creek Falls and Miller Creek Falls (#31A)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Mount St. Helens (Craig Romano & Aaron Theisen, Mountaineers Books, 2015)

Green Trails Lone Butte, WA No. 365

Buy the Green Trail Lone Butte No. 365 map

Getting There

From I-5: Take the Woodland exit/Exit 21. Follow State Route 503 east for 29 miles to Cougar. Continue east on SR 503, which becomes Forest Road (FR) 90, for 18.5 miles, At the junction with FR 25, turn right onto FR 90/Lewis River Road. Drive 5.1 miles east on FR 90 to its junction with FR 9039. Turn left and continue 1 mile, crossing the Lewis River, to the signed trailhead on the left.

From State Route 14: Turn north from SR 14 onto the Wind River Highway at the exit for Carson. Drive through Carson and continue on the Wind River Highway for 14.3 miles, then turn right onto NF 30/Wind River Road, just past the Carson National Fish Hatchery. Continue on this paved two-lane road for about 13 miles, climbing to Old Man Pass and passing several sno parks, to the intersection with NF 51/Curly Creek Road on the left. Turn on to Curly Creek Road and drive 5 miles down into the Lewis River valley to the intersection with FR 90/Lewis River Road. Turn right and go about 1 mile to the intersection with FR 9039. Turn left and continue 1 mile, crossing the Lewis River, to the signed trailhead on the left.

Vault toilets are available at the trailhead. 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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