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Trip Report: Lower Lewis River Falls

Trip Report: Lower Lewis River Falls

Trip Report: Lower Lewis River Falls

When? 06/04/2016

Location: Lower Lewis River Falls

Conditions: 75 degree and sunny

Duration: Day Trip

Difficulty: Easy

Kid Friendly? Yes

Pet Friendly? Yes

Useful Links: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lewis-river-falls

The Full Report

As temperatures reached 100+ in Portland, we were looking to escape from the city and head towards a river place to spend the day and cool off from the blazing heat.

Lewis river

Options were there to visit near by rivers like the Sandy river, Oneonta Gorge, Punch bowl etc however our attention got caught by Lower Lewis river falls, a water fall that takes a magnificent,  Niagara like, plunge into a huge blue-green pool.

If you take the Interstate 5 to Woodland for about 25 miles north of Portland and take exit 21 turn right and follow Mt.St. Helens sign for about 46.7 miles and go through town Cougar and as you approach Carson take a right and drive about 14 miles to the lower Lewis river falls.
The options are there to hike about 7 miles loop trail that takes you to upper Lewis river falls and back. We decided not to hike and spend the day by the lower river falls.


The water level was at premium and bigger than it could have been in the mid summer or end. Water temperature wasn't warm but wasn't cold either making it perfect to dive into water or swim. On the top of falls there are pot holes where you can deep in and sit around it for cool refreshment. The location wasn't that crowded and was more enjoyable and fun. It is a must visit place in the summer when it gets really hot. The only thing is to be safe and be aware of casualties that might occur by jumping of the cliff into the pool. Take extra caution if you decide to jump, as your life is worth more than a single deep into the pool. I would rate this place 5 on 5 for a summer escape.


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