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Lewis Falls

Coordinates441603N 1103809W / 44.2674N 110.6357W / 44.2674; -110.6357 Coordinates : 441603N 1103809W / 44.2674N 110.6357W / 44.2674; -110.6357
LocationYellowstone National Park , United States
Total height30 feet (9.1 m)
TypeCascade
WatercourseLewis River

Step into the moss-cloak Forest of Lewis River, where giant cedars, nurse logs, ancient stumps and rushing water abound. To hike the lower section of Lewis River is to step into a different world, populated by fantastic patches of old-growth fir and cedar in the shadowy section of Gifford Pinchot. Its easily accessible location and fairly flat riverside route make it a perfect early-spring hike. Throw in a few waterfalls, wildflowers and a variety of ancient forest pecularities including pinesap, coralroot and gnome plantand you have an outdoor discovery destination suitable for the whole family, even Fido. The Lower Lewis River Falls are spectacular. At 43 feet high and 200 feet across, they are larger in person than photos may lead you to believe. On left side is a churning trough which gathers most of the water flow, and there are several viewpoints to capture the scene from. Look for carpets of vanilla-leaf here and there, and bright white blooms of early season trillium swaying to and fro. Notice gigantic stumps where giants once stand, almost spongy wood brilliant reddish color against the greens of the forest. Another mile and half upstream lie Middle Lewis River fall, river-width combination of waterfall and cascade sheeting along bedrock. Viewpoints are limited here, but even the riverbed is pretty, clarity of water revealing its ragged volcanic nature. The short side Trail up to Lower Copper Creek fall brings hikers to small trickle of water that drops 32 feet in classic formation. Continuing upstream, forest becomes sprinkled with smaller mix of trees. You will shortly arrive at the VERY impressive Upper Lewis River fall. Again, photographs do not do this area justice. The falls are 58 feet high and 175 feet across. Have lunch at River's edge below Falls and enjoy the view, as well as the cool breeze drifting off of moving water. Taitnapum fall lies a short distance further up trail, so curious hikers can continue on. But a surprise waits for you before reaching Taitnapum; about a quarter mile beyond Lower viewpoint is another viewpoint of Upper Lewis River fall. It requires a steep uphill climb, but is worth the effort. Taitnapum fall drops only 16 feet across 60 foot width of river. Its most noteworthy feature is the raggedness of its lip. Most waterfalls course over well-round lip, but not Taitnapum. Its lip has resist wearing evenly, leaving a bizarre rag undercut the edge for water to spill over. Turn around here, or continue remaining one third of a mile to Quartz Creek Trailhead, where you can embark on another adventure, or turn around and head back to your starting point at Lower Falls Recreation Area. WTA Pro Tip: There are multiple access points to the 14-mile long Lewis River Trail.

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Getting There

From I-5, Exit freeway at Exit 21 and turn right on to Lewis River Road, sign as Highway 503. Drive east on Highway 503 for 23 miles to the former location of Jack's Restaurant, and continue straight on Highway 503 through the town of Cougar. The road changes to Forest Road 90 at Skamania County Line. Continue east on 90 to junction with FR 25, about 47 miles from the freeway. You'll turn right here, staying on FR 90. Cross the North Fork of the Lewis River, pass Eagle Creek Store and continue up FR 90 into the Forest. Lower Lewis River fall Trailhead is about 14 miles from Road 25, in Lower Falls Recreation Area. Turn right off Road 90 and right again into the day use area. Park near restrooms and take any of the paths down to Lewis River Trail.

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Grassy Hollow Road

Big Falls IS wild 25' Falls on Heberly Run located in State Game land 13. This IS the largest Falls on Heberly Run, hence the name. The waterfall IS located in a deep gorge, about half mile from where Heberly Run joins the East Branch of Fishing Creek. Reaching this waterfall IS a bit of a challenge. Actually, IT IS not too hard except for the last 100 yards or so. Forest Road follows along side Heberly Run, but IT passes high above Big Falls. You can hear falls from the road, but you cannot see IT. To see the falls you have to scramble down steep, wooded slope. To add to the challenge, there IS loose rock and mucky sections to contend with. This IS not a hike for VERY young or old. There Falls are only 3. 5 miles away from Ganoga Falls as crow flies. I visit both Falls on the same day. There were AT least 50 people AT Ganoga fall when I was there, and probably that many people visited IT every hour that day. Nobody else was AT Big Falls, and perhaps nobody else had been there all day. The falls are located along Grassy Hollow Road. This IS a rough road, but makes for easy hiking. Grassy Hollow Road IS a gate AT times. From the gate, hike. 6 miles. You can hear falls from the road, but you cannot see them from the road. Fortunately, someone has hung a sign on the tree letting you know where to leave road. To reach the trailhead from Route 118, head West from Red Rock for 4. 6 miles and take Central Road north. That IS the name of Road according to Google Maps, but I do not recall seeing an actual road sign that says 'Central'. Follow this winding road for about 1. 7 miles and take a right onto Jamison City Road. Follow this Road for 1. 0 mile. AT this point you will find Market Street on your right, which crosses bridge. This IS the Road to Sullivan Falls. Do not turn on to Market Street, but continue straight. The pavement will soon run out, and the road will get a bit rough. Gate IS another 1. 2 miles way. There IS a parking area AT the end, but there IS another one bit earlier, which you might want to stop AT if you do not have a rugged vehicle. If you are already AT Ricketts Glen, from main Park entrance, head north on Route 487 and take FIRST Road on your left. It IS just a few hundred feet north of Park, and the road sign says Sullivan fall Road. Follow this Road for for 3. 4 miles, taking a right to cross a bridge. This IS Market Street. Take next right, and follow IT to trailhead.

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Hiking to Big Falls

Big Falls is the first significant waterfall along Heberly Run when hiking upstream from the parking area / gate. To get there, hike up Grassy Hollow Road. 77 miles until you come to this user-create sign along the road. AT sign you will see an unblazed but readily-apparent user Trail leading down the side of the gorge to Heberly Run some 150 feet below. If you are not an experienced hiker, DO not ATTEMPT this DESCENT! Of the three waterfalls described here, this is the most difficult to reach. DESCENT require patience, coordination, and stamina. So again, be honest with yourself about your hiking abilities and proceed with caution if you elect to go for it. The GPS coordinates for Big Falls are: 41. 328467-76. 351983. Your reward for making it to the bottom is a waterfall grotto of spectacular beauty. AT approximately 25 feet in height, it is not the tallest waterfall on Heberly Run, but it is the most intricate. As a result, it is a magnet for nature lovers and photographers. In winter, prodigious ice formations surround falls, clinging to gorge walls like icy chandeliers. While in spring and summer, moss, ferns, and other foliage give Big Falls a primordial vibe. Once youve had your fill of Big Falls, simply retrace your steps back up out of the gorge to Grassy Hollow Road.

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Hiking to Twin Falls

Great hike along some streams and with water Falls State Game land 13 Start on TRAIL along Heberly Run past Twin Falls and Lewsi Falls, AT fork in stream take right hand fork. As you climb, follow TRAIL as IT leaves stream, go along the crest of the hill and join Sullivan branch, follow down stream to where IT joins Big Run and back to where you left your car. The hike starts by walking West Stream not Grassy Hollow Road. Once you get to the East side, be careful when you are coming up to Ore Run. There IS a road that you can continue on that brings you out to the main Road. You can bailout on this road or you can continue to follow the stream AT this point. If you choose to follow the stream, you are going to see some amazing water falls. Once you get down to Pigeon Run, you will see a beautiful waterfall on your left. Continue for about. 25 miles and on your left you will see small clearing. Follow that clearing up to the top of access Road to finish the last leg of the hike. It was a little difficult to find TRAIL head, as there were NO signs for Twin Falls TRAIL. We start on the eastern side of the loop. We parked in the FIRST parking lot of Game Lands, and started our hike up the road. AT Sullivan fall we take TRAIL. TRAIL IS not VERY well blaze AT this point, but fairly clear to follow. As we make our way up, blazes become more frequent and clearer. We follow TRAIL all the way to the road on the other side. We walked down Road little while, then, AT Lewis Falls parking lot, we bushwhack our way down to creek and followed creek for a while. We could do this as the water IS quite low. We then hiked up the side of the hill back to the road. We walked along the road for a bit until we could again cross the creek to get back to our starting point. We love this hike! We lose count of how many times we cross streams and how many swimming holes we come upon. Although the water flow was VERY meager, water falls are still spectacular, I can only imagine what they must be in full stream. IT may also make IT more difficult to cross streams. Hiking in fall, we can thoroughly enjoy the foliage, views are mesmerizing NO matter what way you turn. I will definitely come back in summer and take full advantage of natural pools! This TRAIL was amazing! I am somewhat beginner hiker and find IT challenging but doable. The TRAIL was well maintained as over blown trees were cleared of path. For viewing and experience, I highly recommend following this path.

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Hiking to Lewis Falls

The simplest and safest way to get below Lewis Falls is to hike up the banks of Heberly Run. 86 miles from Upper Twin fall to the base of Lewis Falls. There will be few wet crossings along the way, and there is really no best side to start on. Just start up either side of Heberly Run and cross when you ca go any further on that side. Just upstream from Upper Twin fall youll pass this unnamed 10 footer flowing on to Heberly Run. And 20-30 minutes later youll be standing at the base of Lewis fall! The sound of Lewis Falls from below is thunderous and well worth the hike, no matter the season. But Ill admit personal fondness for winter and seeing ice formations around Lewis fall up close and personal.

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