While it's tempting to shut the doors and hibernate in winter, we're trying to make a strong case for why you probably shouldn't. Several waterfalls in Washington are freezing over right now. And this particular one looks straight out of Disney's Frozen. If you don't believe us, you should trek it out. 

Located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the cascading wonder is quite an adventure to get to.

The moderate 5-mile roundtrip hike with an elevation gain of 1,079 feet can be as long as 8 miles due to road closures in winter. If the gate is closed, you'll have to park outside and walk through the parking lot to access the trailhead.

You'll need a $5 a day NW Forest Pass that you can buy here. Once on the trail, you'll wander through an old-growth forest filled with mossy firs and cedars.

Make sure you wear shoes with good traction or get your snowshoes to make the most of this walk. Dogs on leashes are also allowed with you.

You'll hear the thunderous falls before you can see it. A pretty suspension bridge spanning across a rock gorge will give you spectacular views of the cascading white waters that push their way through fallen trees. 

Wear waterproof-gear because the mist from the falls is sure to drench you. But the rewarding sights and photo ops will make your trip well worth it. 

A tiny creek-crossing and a 0.7-mile hike will get you to the foot of the waterfall when the weather's good too. 

The Evergreen State is known for its stunning wonders, and if you're someone that loves dramatic views of waterfalls, you should check out Washington's official cascade in our very own "Little Grand Canyon."

There's even a trippy school bus near it that no one knows how it got there! 

Ready for the winter? We know we are. 

Falls Creek Falls Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: Approx. 5.1-miles roundtrip (without road closures) 

Address: Falls Creek Falls, WA 

Why you should go: This rewarding hike will take you to a secluded, frozen waterfall. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment, and pick up after your pets.


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