If you haven’t yet hiked the Lower Lewis Falls in southern Washington, it’s time we introduce you to this scenic gem in the Columbia River Gorge. There’s a dizzying array of hikes to take in the Columbia River Gorge, and you could easily spend an entire year exploring different hikes and still not have done them all.
From the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest and the southern portion of the Mount St. Helens recreation area to the expansive hikes on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, it’s easy to see why this area is such a mecca for hikers. The Lower Lewis Falls Hike is located in the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest, which includes more than 1.3 million acres of protected forest, wildlife habitat, and watersheds. Within the forest is access to Mt. Adams and the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
There are four seasons of fun that can be enjoyed here, and it’s all just a short drive away from our luxury cabins in Washington. After you’ve hiked the Lower Lewis Falls and enjoyed your full day of adventure, there’s no better place to return to than our luxury cabins in Washington. It’s a great place to relax, put your feet up, and soothe your tired muscles after an exhilarating day in the woods. Don’t miss the opportunity for adventure throughout 2023. Book a room at our luxury cabins in Washington today!
At first glance, it’s easy to see why Lower Lewis Falls is one of our favorite hikes to take in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s one of our favorite Columbia River Gorge waterfalls to visit, particularly outside of the waterfall corridor. Not only is the waterfall gorgeous, but the journey through the forest, complete with Washington wildflowers like carpets of vanilla-leaf and trillium can be seen in early spring.
The hike to the lower Lewis Falls is relatively flat and easy to access for a wide variety of hikers, including those with limited to no hiking experience. It’s a gorgeous journey, though, as it traverses through moss-cloaked sections of old-growth forest that are just as beautiful as the waterfalls. Given that the trail mostly follows along the river, this is a great hike to take in early spring when the water is often at its most powerful.
Lower Lewis Falls is an impressive waterfall to behold. It drops 43 feet and spans a width of 200 feet. There are several viewpoints along the trail so you can marvel at this waterfall from a variety of angles. Once you’ve had your fill of Lower Lewis Falls, we encourage you to continue up the trail another mile and a half to the middle, and, even further upstream, the upper falls.
If you take this extended trek, you will have hiked a total of 8.8 miles, but the three-waterfall payout is more than worth the effort! The Upper Falls are almost as wide as Lower Lewis Falls and an impressive 58 feet tall. It’s truly an impressive waterfall and a great place to eat lunch before heading back to your car.
In order to visit the Lewis River Recreation Area and hike Lower Lewis Falls from June 15 – September 15, you’ll need a permit.
Whether hiking from Lower Lewis Falls to the upper falls or enjoying one of the other fantastic hikes in the Columbia River Gorge this spring, you’ll be ready to clean up and put your feet up at the end of the day. That’s why it’s so important to choose a fantastic place to stay like our luxury cabins in Washington.
Our luxury cabins in Washington are a welcome place to retreat at the end of the day. Take a relaxing soak in our large soaking tubs, soothe your tired muscles with our Dead Sea Salt Baths, and then curl up with your loved one in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine, just like you would at home. We offer guests their choice of ten romantic cabins, each positioned for privacy and outfitted with luxurious amenities.
We also offer massage services on-site, in the privacy of your cabin, for that added touch of indulgence throughout your stay. Is there any better way to end a hiking adventure? Go ahead – book your cabin getaway today!
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