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Curly Creek Falls Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Curly Creek Falls Trail in late October (Steve Hart)
Curly Creek Falls in early spring (only the upper arch showing) (bobcat)
Location of Curly Creek Falls and Miller Creek Falls (not a GPS track) (bobcat) Courtesy: Caltopo


Hike Description

This short hike takes you to two waterfalls on the Lewis River. Curly Creek Falls, which can run dry in the summer, boasts two natural arches. A little farther on, Miller Creek Falls spouts into a natural amphitheater. Spring is the best time to see both off these waterfalls.

Hike down the trail in a carpet of moss and salal under Douglas-firs and hemlocks. At the junction with the Lewis River Trail go right to reach the viewpoint for Curly Creek Falls. These falls tumble under/over two basalt arches, but its best to visit in spring or early summer when water levels are substantial. The lower arch can only be seen when water levels are quite low.

Continue down the wide trail to the viewing platform for Miller Creek Falls, which spout into an amphitheater on the south bank of the Lewis River. These falls are partially hidden by the maples and Douglas-firs in front of the viewing area. A use trail winds through the salal from here and then extends steeply down to the Lewis River to a gaging station if you want further exploration.

For a longer hike, turn upstream on the Lewis River Trail #31 (See the Lewis River Traverse Hike).


  • Maps: Hike Finder
  • Green Trails Maps: Lone Butte, WA #365
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument & Administrative Area
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
  • Adventure Maps: Hood River, Oregon, Trail Map
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map: Mount St. Helens - Mt. Adams

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Hiking Washington's Goat Rocks Country by Fred Barstad
  • Best Short Hikes in Washington's South Cascades & Olympics by E.M. Sterling & Ira Spring
  • Day Hiking: Mount St. Helens by Craig Romano & Aaron Theisen
  • Day Hiking: South Cascades by Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer
  • Hiking Waterfalls in Washington by Roddy Scheer with Adam Sawyer
  • Waterfall Lover's Guide: Pacific Northwest by Gregory A. Plumb
  • Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest by David L. Anderson

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