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Recovery Hike Little Mashel Falls
October 23, 2022 @ 7:45 am - 4:00 pm PDT
One event on March 26, 2023 at 10:00 am
Falls for Fall Season!
Come along and see 3 Waterfalls in 1 colorful Fall Season Hike near Mount Rainier to Little Mashel Falls!
Sunday, Oct 23rd — 7:45am to 3pm
Length: 4.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Highest Point: 1100 feet
Lead: Scott Brown
Parking Pass: None (No pass required)
Need a ride? Email [email protected]
WTA aptly describes the trail this way, “Three waterfalls, multiple viewing areas, and two different trailheads provide great choices for an excursion to Little Mashel Falls. The tallest waterfall plunges over 90 feet. The falls are not “little”. The names derive from the Little Mashel River (pronounced like “Michelle”). The official names are Lower Little Mashel Falls, Little Mashel Falls, and Tom Tom Falls, but they are more commonly referred to as Lower, Middle, and Upper Falls, respectively.”
On the shorter and less difficult side, this hike is 4.5 miles round trip with a small elevation gain of 500ft, walking on a crushed rock road/trail for much of the route. Beautifully surrounded by the changing colors of the trees, the scenery includes crossing two rivers on stout bridges with plenty of nice resting spots leading to three different picturesque views of the falls at different angles (Lower, Middle, and Upper). So plan for a more urban hike, prepare for muddy ground at times (due to the expected rain), bring bug spray for mosquitos & don’t forget your snacks, and come enjoy 3 gorgeous views of a rushing waterfall!
Directions: (Parking is a small dirt parking lot / pull off on the side of Center St. E. and does not require a Parking Pass)
Drive Hwy 161 to Eatonville. Make a right at the 4-way stop and proceed one block. Make a left onto Mashel Ave and follow Mashel Ave/Hwy 161 for three miles. Turn left along Center St E on the north end of Eatonville and travel 2 miles south toward Pack Forest.