Latourell Falls Trail
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Length: 2.1 miles round trip
Trail Uses: Hiking
Facilities available: Parking
Season of Use: Year Round
Elevation: 650 feet
Visitor Use: Heavy
Recreation Pass to Park: No
Directions to Latourell Falls Trail
Eastbound I-84 – Take Corbett exit # 22. Turn right at the stop sign and head up Corbett Hill Rd. At the top of Corbett Hill Rd. turn left onto the Historic Columbia River Highway and follow it for 5 miles. You can also take exit 28 and head back west on the Historic Columbia River Highway for 3 miles. Westbound I-84 – Dodson exit # 35. Foloow the signs for the Historic Columbia River Highway and then follow the highway west for 10 miles.
Latourell Falls Trail Description
Latourell Falls is a plunge falls of 249 feet. There is a short paved path to a lookout below lower Latourell Falls. The trail climbs steeply for 300 feet and then levels out. At .5 mile there is a junction with the cutoff trail to the return loop on the other side of Latourell Creek. At present, the bridge that crosses the creek to access this return loop is washed out. Bear left and head up a gentle slope for another .6 mile to upper latourell Falls. It’s well worth the hike! A bridge crosses the creek here and you can follow the trail back on the other side of the creek to the return loop mentioned above.
Latourell Falls Trail Features
Two spectacular waterfalls. There is also a nature path leading below the lower falls and to Guy W. Talbot State Park, an excellent spot for a picnic.