Little Mashel Falls

“Little Mashel Falls” is actually three different waterfalls in one area. They are all located within the Pack Forest and, fortunately, there are no passes or fees required to enjoy this trail!

Location: Southwest WA, Eatonville
Roundtrip: 5 mi.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Gain: 500 ft
Rating: ★★★

Directions

  1. Once you arrive at the Pack Forest park in the designated parking area (located between the trailhead and the greenhouse).
  2. Begin by walking down “1000 RD North”
    – You’ll pass a gate that includes signage stating the only further access for visitors is “hike in only”
    – Don’t be confused by the fact that this road does not appear to actually head North. Eventually, it does a loop around to the North, but you’ll turn off before then.
  3. Watch for the “1050” sign the right and the “1060” directly to the left of 1050. The next intersection (1070) is the one you will take – it’s a Y junction and unmarked. Head left onto road 1070 once you get there.
  4. Continue on until you see a rock on the left-hand side of the road with the word “Falls” and an arrow painted on it.
  5. Continue through the forest and down a hill to the tree with 2 yellow diamonds. These will point you in the directions to the Upper and Lower Falls.
  6. Explore the Falls before hiking back out the way you came.

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The Pack Forest is located about 10 minutes outside of Eatonville. Thus, you can typically get cell phone reception here. Still, it may be a good idea to take a screenshot or print directions to the falls as the trails here can be a bit confusing without guidance.

IMG_7305.jpgPictured Above: Rd 1000 North

That being said, it is a rather easy hike that’s perfect for a cool autumn or winter day (the trail is open all year). You won’t need to pay to access the trail and you’re welcome to bring a leashed pet along, but please be respectful of the land and pack out any trash you bring in.


Pictured Above: Upper Mashel Falls

There is generally a porta-potty located at the trailhead for public use, but you may wish to make a stop in town to take care of your bathroom break as there are no other public facilities here. This is true for water as well. Bring some with you!

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Pictured Above: Middle Mashel Falls

A good portion of this trail does follow a forest road, but it is an enjoyable hike none the less. Once you turn off of Rd 1000 North you’ll pass through some lovely meadows before descending into a more traditional hiking area near the falls.

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Pictured Above: Meadows on Rd 1070

Caution!

It is imperative that you wear proper footwear here. The hills around the falls are steep and can be slippery.

F.Q.A.

Are There Toilets? : There is one porta-potty located at the trailhead.

 How about Picnic Tables? : No.

 Do I Need a Parking Pass? : Nope!

 Are Dogs Allowed? : Yes. All dogs are required to be on a leash.

Can We Camp Here? : There are some campgrounds in the general area, but we suggest you make this a day hike from home.

 When is the Best Time to Visit? : The trail is open all year. In spring the spray from the falls may obscure pictures and in the fall and winter, the hills and inclines can be especially slippery.

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