Vancouver, WA Three Falls on Lewis River Trail

On this easy 5.4-mile out-and-back, you'll follow the mighty Lewis River through a mossy old-growth canyon that harbors three photogenic waterfalls.
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On this easy 5.4-mile out-and-back, you'll follow the mighty Lewis River through a mossy old-growth canyon that harbors three photogenic waterfalls.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.3

Waypoints

THR001

Location: 46.1555824279785, -121.881286621094

From picnic area, begin SE on trail toward tumbling river

THR002

Location: 46.1549987792969, -121.880317687988

Turn L @ T onto Lewis River Trail to observation ridge at Lower Falls. Tip: Use a tripod and slow shutter speed when photographing the powerful 50-ft. waterslide

THR003

Location: 46.1574325561523, -121.878280639648

Veer R @ Y for short climb, pass campground on L that's shaded by maples, cedars, and Douglas firs

THR004

Location: 46.1599502563477, -121.877433776855

Cross creeklet over small wooden bridge

THR005

Location: 46.1629333496094, -121.874046325684

Stay straight past 2 spur trails on L, then cross Copper Creek bridge. Trail briefly veers from creek

THR006

Location: 46.1636657714844, -121.872001647949

Straight @ 3-way; descend toward river

THR007

Location: 46.1642684936523, -121.86848449707

Straight @ 3-way; ahead, a mossy cliff hangs over L side of trail

THR008

Location: 46.1669273376465, -121.863952636719

Middle Falls: Photograph the 25-ft., multi-tiered cascade dropping into a deep whirlpool from several rocky outcrops

THR009

Location: 46.1675338745117, -121.862747192383

Climb up steep switchbacks under enormous gray cliffs

THR010

Location: 46.1766700744629, -121.853370666504

A corridor of Douglas fir and western cedar leads to 80-ft. Upper Falls. Trail continues .2 mi. to a platform perfect for photos and snack before returning to car