While we've heard people complain about how much it rains in the Evergreen State, there's more than one reason to be thankful for it. — It makes all 2,000 waterfalls in Washington gush with an abundance of water. Each of them comes with its own quirks too. Like this unique one, you can walk right into it! 

The Little Mashel Falls Trail is an easy, 5-mile roundtrip hike that can be accessed through the University of Washington Pack Forests trail system near Eatonville. 

You can go on this excursion year-round as it's snow-free and there's no entrance fee.

There are two different trailheads you can take. One of the paths is through the Pack Forest. You'll have to follow yellow diamonds on trees to stay on track.

The other one is through Eatonville’s Bud Blancher Trail which is rockier, requires you to cross bridges, and is unmarked in certain places. 

Both of them will allow you to get close to three cascades originating from the Little Mashel River. 

The Lower, Middle, and Upper Falls are different in their own right. The highest or "upper" falls drops into a gorge with boulders at 120 feet, gracefully sliding into a veil as it does. 

There is a cave-like feature on the bottom rung of the mossy cliff where the water flows into. This access point allows you to hike into the waterfall at times. This is usually during the summer. 

It's also a popular plunge pool, so you'll find several people stopping by for a swim or to have a cool picnic spread. 

There are no garbage cans here, so packing-out what you pack-in is the way to go.

During winter and spring, the water is known to have 20 times the amount of flow — so you'll see a massive 60-foot wide waterfall exploding its way over the cliffs too. 

The rocky-road trail can get muddy and slippery due to the sprays of water, so it's recommended you wear shoes with a good grip and carry a set of dry clothes.

Thanks to the volcanic mountains and the weather, Washington is full of powerful rapids, and this one is high up on our summer to-do lists. 

Little Mashel Falls Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Length: Approx. 5.3-miles roundtrip

Address: Eatonville, WA

Why You Need To Go: This rewarding hike will take you behind an actual waterfall!


We strongly advise that before you go swimming at/visiting Little Mashel Falls, you check the most recent updates on potential safety hazards, security, water quality, and closures. The waterfall ledge is slippery and steep and has led to incidents in the past. If you do plan to visit the location, respect the environment and stay safe. 


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