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Curly Creek Falls

Southwest Washington > Lewis River Region
46.0607, -121.9727 Map & Directions
Length
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
0 feet
Highest Point
1285 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Curly Creek Falls viewpoint. Photo by Rod Hooker. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Waterfalls

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Visit two waterfalls plunging to the Lewis River on this family friendly accessible trail. Continue reading

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Hiking Curly Creek Falls

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.

Toilet Information

  • Toilet at trailhead
  • Accessible toilet

More information about toilets

Wheelchair Accessibility

The parking area is flat but surfaced with gravel. One vault toilet at the trailhead 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. 

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Curly Creek Falls

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.0607, -121.9727 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

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. 

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Southwest Washington > Lewis River Region

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

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

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

Green Trails Lone Butte, WA No. 365

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