Discover a waterfall utopia with triple the falls and a wonderful place to put down your pack, enjoy some snacks and snap some incredible photos.
Though a busy trail, Lower Falls Creek is less popular than other waterfall hikes in the area, and the triple falls are just incredible. The turnaround point of the trail is a perfect picnicking opportunity, staying cool in the warm summer months.
From the trailhead, step onto Falls Creek Trail 152A. A few hundred feet from the trailhead, arrive at a T intersection and turn right. Left is the way to the longer, more challenging Falls Creek Trail 152.
Head gently uphill along rushing Falls Creek, full of mossy rocks and fallen trees. It’s a short hike, just 1.5 miles to the base of the waterfall. You’ll travel through a young forest, just a handful of decades old, and cross Falls Creek before arriving at a cable suspension bridge spanning a rocky gorge. This provides stunning waterfall views, but be safe on it – no jumping or bouncing, please!
Less than a mile further on, you’ll arrive at the waterfall. Be aware that a creek crossing before the falls can be tricky during early season melts.
The longest, “hardest” part of the hike is just finding the trailhead, but once you get there, the rest of the experience is fun and relatively easy. It doesn’t get more picturesque. And an added bonus; the walk back is mostly a gentle downhill grade.
WTA Pro Tip: The Carson Hot Springs are a great way to relax, soaking in a bath of hot mineral water and then enjoying a relaxing wrap!