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Lesser-Known Waterfall Hikes Around Vancouver, Washington

You don't have to go far from Vancouver, Washington to find lush green trails that lead to beautiful waterfalls.



All of the waterfalls listed below are pet-friendly and not too crowded in the summer, especially if you go early, late, or on weekdays. Some require Discover passes to park which are a great way to support our local parks anyway! All trails are easy or moderate. You could bring a hike-friendly picnic to any of these (pack in, pack out—there are no trash bins), the waterfalls are beautiful and have places from which to sit and admire them. Hope you find a new spot you love!


FALLS CREEK FALLS

Length: 3.4 miles long

Type: Out and back trail

Difficulty: Easy

Reward: 220-foot, three-tiered waterfall


KALAMA FALLS

Length: 3.9 miles (1.9-mile route available on less-scenic forest road)

Type: Out and back trail

Difficulty: Easy

Reward: 2-tiered plunge waterfall into a sky-blue pool


PANTHER CREEK FALLS

Length: 1 mile

Type: Out and back trail

Difficulty: Easy

Reward: 100-foot cascade down a mossy rockface followed by a 30-foot drop


UPPER LEWIS RIVER FALLS (START FROM LOWER LEWIS FALLS)

Length: 6.6 miles

Type: Out and back trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Reward: 58-foot drop along a basal cliff spanning 75 feet

*Reservation required through Recreation.gov from June to September.


HARDY FALLS AND POOL OF THE WINDS VIA HAMILTON MOUNTAIN

Length: 2.1 miles

Type: Out and back trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Reward: Cave-like falls through a bedrock fissure forming a deep pool


See this list on Google Maps!