Along National Forest Road 90, there are 4 easily accessible waterfalls between Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams: Big Creek Falls, Lower Falls of the Lewis River, Copper Creek Falls, and Middle Falls of the Lewis River. Lower Lewis River Falls is probably the most visited waterfalls. It’s a favorite river for kayakers. In low-water season, hikers can hike all the way to the base and to the top of this magnificent waterfalls.
The Lewis River is a tributary of the Columbia River, about 95 miles (153 km) long, in southwestern Washington State. The river rises in the Cascades in northeastern Skamania County on the west flank of Mount Adams and flows generally southwest through Gifford Pinchot National Forest across central Skamania County passing south of Mount St. Helens.
Map – how to get to Lower Lewis Falls
Traveling from Interstate Highway 5, take exit 21 to Highway 503 (Lewis River Road, National Forest Road 90) in Woodland, Washington. Drive east for 47mi along the south side of Mt. St. Helens. till you reach the junction of NF-25 and NF-90. Take NF-90 and continue for another 14mi to the parking lot of Lower Lewis Falls.
Alternatively, if you visit Multnomah Falls and Bonneville Dam, it may be easier to access the falls from town Carson. Traveling on Interstate Highway 84 (Columbia River Hwy) from Bonneville Dam, cross the Bridge of the God and travel east along Washington State Highway 14 to town Carson. From Carson, head north on Wind River Road (which later becomes NF-30) and drive 26mi till you reach the junction of Curly Creek Road and NF-30. Turn left to Curly Creek Road and travel 5mi till you reach a T intersection (McClellan Viewpoint about halfway through Curly Creek Road is a nice rest stop). Turn right onto NF-90 for 10mi to the parking lot of Lower Lewis Falls.
Exact location of Lower Lewis Falls hiking trailhead is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).
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