Hiking The Little Mashel Falls Trailhead

Every now and again, you need a chance to get away from it all. To enjoy the world around you and to hear nothing but the woods.

This last weekend I went for a hike with my father to the Little Mashel Falls Trailhead. The walk itself was just over 5 miles round trip through the woods on a maintained gravel road. There are a lot of offshoots to different trails; however, there are signs posted to help hikers stay on the right path.

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Our hike leads us to three beautiful waterfalls; the Upper, Middle, and Lower Falls. The first stop was Middle Falls. The waterfall is very calming and the perfect place for lunch. We very found a short path that goes behind the waterfall with some small caves. Of all the trails I have been to in Washington, this is the only one I can think of where you have the opportunity to walk behind the falls.

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My father and I stopped for lunch at the lower falls, which has a shallow pool at the bottom of the falls. It is a great spot to just sit back and enjoy the scenery. In the hot summer days, this would be a great place to bring your dog to exercise and cool down before heading home.

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The journey to the Upper Falls proved to be a bit more treacherous as the trail is not maintained. This is because the pathway leading to the Upper Falls is privately owned land. My father and I chose not to try our luck and turned back. We did manage to see the Upper Falls through a break in the trees.

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Compared to other trails in Washington The Little Mashel Falls Trailhead is a great 5 mile round trip for beginning and experienced hikers alike. The path is commonly hiked so don’t be surprised if you see a few families walking by! However, it is not as heavily traveled like the trails on Mount Rainer.

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The Little Mashel Falls Trailhead is located at 9010 453rd St E, Eatonville, WA 98328.

Thank you for reading and have a great hike!

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