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Lewis River Falls

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Step into the moss-cloaked 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 fall Recreation Area. WTA Pro Tip: There are multiple access points to the 14-mile long Lewis River Trail.

* Please keep in mind that all text is machine-generated, we do not bear any responsibility, and you should always get advice from professionals before taking any actions.

* Please keep in mind that all text is machine-generated, we do not bear any responsibility, and you should always get advice from professionals before taking any actions

Getting There

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.

* Please keep in mind that all text is machine-generated, we do not bear any responsibility, and you should always get advice from professionals before taking any actions.

* Please keep in mind that all text is machine-generated, we do not bear any responsibility, and you should always get advice from professionals before taking any actions

By The Numbers

There are two trails leaving Middle Falls Trailhead. Both of them are unmarked and both are Middle Falls Trail. Take the Trail that heads straight south and immediately drops down rocky area. The trail heads steadily downhill for 0. 2 miles to the junction with the Lewis River Trail. Turn leave and head upstream. You'll soon come to the bridge over Copper Creek. Lower Copper Creek Fall is visible directly below the bridge. When the trail comes close to the river, there is a path that heads back to the base of Lower Cpper Creek Falls. There's also a chance to walk out on rocky riverbed to view of Middle Lewis River Fall. Returning to the main Trail, it's short distance to Middle Lewis River Fall. There are a number of different water courses here with a lot of different photographic possibilities. The trail switches back here and starts steeply up hill. You'll soon come to junction with Middle Fall Trail. Head up Middle Fall Trail to the top of the hill. Soon, you; ll come to Copper Creek Falls, pretty plunge even if it suffers from low flow in summer. The trail crosses Copper Creek on a bridge above Falls then begins to parallel road in trees. Trail use Road shoulder for a few feet, then head through a short section opf close Road back to Trailhead.


Pitch

The pitch of waterfall is an estimate-often very roughly-measure of the average slope or steepness of the waterfall. The Pitch figures only take into account sections of stream which are actively falling. Pools or stretches of level stream in between two or more successive drops of falls will not factor in this figure. As example, waterfall which feature two truly free-falling leaps separated by several dozen yards of flat stream will have a pitch of 90 degrees. Similarly, waterfall with two drops separated by pool, one with true free-falling drop, and one with Horsetail type fall will average two, so while a plunging drop has a pitch of 90 degrees, if a Horsetail drop has a pitch of 45 degrees, total pitch will be roughly 67 degrees.

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Middle Lewis River Falls

Information presented in this table is meant to help identify and clarify physical aspects of waterfall for comparative purposes. While we try to ensure this information is as accurate as possible, sometimes it will prove necessary to either estimate or flat out guess at certain characteristics where either enough information isn't readily available, is not know, or we were not able to confirm give trait upon surveying. This information may be changed at any given time to ensure accuracy. The Total Height list for waterfall represents the difference in elevation from top of uppermost Drop, to bottom of lowermost Drop of waterfall, including all stretches of interstitial stream in between. Stream between two tiers of waterfall is counted in its overall height regardless of whether or not that section of stream would be legitimately considered a waterfall in its own right, were it to be isolate. Waterfalls with only one Drop will have a height of only a single Drop list here. The Tallest Drop figure represents the height of the largest single drop within a multi-step waterfall. Waterfalls with only one drop will have the total height of waterfall repeat here. The Number of Drops in the waterfall is the tally of the total number of distinct drops which make up the waterfall. Stretches of interstitial stream in between two or more distinct Drops of a single waterfall are not considered to be distinct Drops of waterfall unless the section of stream in question would otherwise qualify as a waterfall were it to be isolate. The average width of waterfall represents the breadth of waterfall from bank to bank under typical flow conditions, or if waterfall has been catalog, under conditions which it was most thoroughly survey. Often this number will be approximate because of the lack of approachability to many waterfalls. We often utilize Google Earth to measure Width where imagery is of sufficient quality and resolution to allow it. Maximum Width represents hypothetical measurement of roughly how wide a waterfall could get during peak streamflow or flood conditions. For smaller waterfalls, this figure will generally not differ much from the Average Width measurement, but for broader waterfalls-especially those that feature crest that isn't constrict-this figure can at times be consideraby larger. Like the Average Width measurement, this measurement will take into account the difference in width at the top and bottom of waterfall as much as possible, but will often be made based on the width of the crest of falls alone. The pitch of the waterfall is estimated-often very roughly-measure of the average slope or steepness of the waterfall. The Pitch figures only take into account sections of stream which are actively falling. Pools or stretches of level stream in between two or more successive Drops of Falls will not factor in this figure.

* Please keep in mind that all text is machine-generated, we do not bear any responsibility, and you should always get advice from professionals before taking any actions.

* Please keep in mind that all text is machine-generated, we do not bear any responsibility, and you should always get advice from professionals before taking any actions

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