Lower Lewis Falls

Lower Lewis River Falls between Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams in Summer - Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington State, United States of America | SAM TSAI . COM

July 9, 2012: Lower Lewis Falls


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.

Lower Lewis River Falls along National Forest Road 90 in Gifford Pinchot National Forest - Skamania County, Washington State, USA | SAMTSAI.COM

July 9, 2012: Water is pretty high in summer season, so it's not possible to hike down to the base of the falls due to rapid currents.

Lower Lewis River Falls Hiking Trail in Summer on West Side of Mount Adams - Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington State, United States of America | SAM TSAI . COM

July 9, 2012: It's difficult to get a good viewing spot in summer due to so many leafy trees. In autumn, the view will probably open up more.



Lower Lewis River Falls in Summer Afternoon between Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens - Gifford Pinchot National Forest - Skamania County, Washington State, USA | SAMTSAI.COM

July 9, 2012: Lower Lewis Falls in summer afternoon around 2pm.

Lower Lewis River Falls Hiking Trail in Summer on West Side of Mount Adams - Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington State, USA | SAM TSAI . COM

July 9, 2012: There may be campgrounds available in Lower Lewis Falls.

Lower Lewis River Falls in Summer Afternoon between Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens - Gifford Pinchot National Forest - Skamania County, Washington State, USA | SAMTSAI.COM

July 9, 2012: Hiking, kayaking, fishing, camping, swimming are some summer activities you can do.

Lower Lewis River Falls Hiking Trail in Summer on West Side of Mount Adams - Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington State, USA | SAM TSAI . COM

July 9, 2012: Lower Lewis Falls during high water summer season

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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