If we were to create a bucket list of things to do in Washington State, it would be a mile long. With breathtaking overlooks, enchanting forests, and cascading waterfalls around every turn, you could easily spend your entire vacation exploring. At the top of our list would be Lower Lewis Falls. Located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, this waterfall is one of the best in the area.
About Lower Lewis Falls
To get to the Lower Lewis Falls, you will have to enter the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This area covers more than one million acres of Washington wilderness. The Lower Lewis Falls is just one of the many spots to explore here. This magnificent cascade measures over 200 feet across and drops 43 feet into a cool, clear pool beneath. Surrounded by towering greenery, you will feel as if you are in another world.
To begin your journey to the Lower Lewis Falls, start at the Lower Lewis River Falls Trailhead. Here, you can find a convenient parking area and restrooms. From there, hop on the Lewis River Trail (#31). This 3.3-mile trail will bring you along the edge of the bluff, so you will have stunning views of the falls.
Lower Lewis Falls FAQ
Do I Need a Permit?
A valid Recreation Pass is necessary to hike the Lower Lewis Falls. These are easy to acquire; all you have to do is buy one online and print it. If you aren’t planning on spending multiple days in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, all you need is a day pass.
Can I Bring My Dog?
Yes! Leashed dogs can make the hike with you. If you’re staying in one of our pet-friendly cabins, it’s the perfect activity for you and your four-legged friend to enjoy together.
Can I Swim?
Yes, there is a pool beneath the Lower Lewis Falls and one in front of the Upper Lewis Falls, but it will be COLD. As long as you are respectful of the area and leave it as you found it when you arrived, you can enjoy the full beauty of the falls.
Are the Other Falls Open?
Yes, but unfortunately, the Lower, Middle, and Upper Lewis Falls are no longer connected. The trail slid between the Lower and Middle Falls and is permanently closed. However, the Upper Lewis Falls are still accessible by a makeshift trail that takes you above the top of the slide.
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See the beauty of the Lower Lewis Falls for yourself. Each step on the soft moss and dirt path will take you closer to one of the most enchanting sights you have ever seen.
When you’re done hiking, you can call our cabins home for the night. Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins makes an excellent base camp for your Columbia River Gorge adventures.
Browse our luxurious cabins to start planning your stay. Each comes with stunning views, outstanding amenities, and a homemade breakfast each morning. You’ll always wake up refreshed and rejuvenated so you can take on your next excursion. We look forward to hosting you!