Updated: Nov 28, 2022
A short hike to a beautiful waterfall in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Waterfall Name: Langfield Falls Waterfall Coordinates: 46.09837, -121.71917 Waterfall Elevation: 3420′ Access: Trail Distance: 0.37 miles (round-trip) Elevation Range: 3399′ to 3543′ Ascent/Descent: +143 ft / -136 ft
Trail Type: In and out
Trail: Langfield Falls #8 Note: The trailhead was well marked. The water flow was strong compared to what it looks like later in the summer. Date hiked: 6-8-21
My cousin and I saw Langfield Falls on my map. It was labeled as a waterfall and it looked like there was a short trail leading to it. We decided to check it out since we were both in the mood for a hike. The trailhead was well marked and there was a paved parking area. We were both expecting a small river waterfall, but we were both shocked with what we found.
The trail went slightly downhill through a forest. There were some large fallen trees across the trail we had to climb over. The trail came to the point it paralleled the creek, and then the trail started to climb downhill with a drop off on one side of the trail.
We saw a glimpse of the waterfall poking through the forest. It was way bigger than we were expecting. It was incredible and had a pretty good size drop. The trail led to the base of the waterfall. It was mammoth up close and the mist was thick. Neither of us had seen a waterfall of its kind that big. There was a bench where we sat for a bit and just took it in.
The hike back was all uphill, but short and easy. I imagine the hike is more popular later in the summer. We had the whole hike and waterfall to ourselves, which was awesome. We hiked it later in the day, around 4pm, so the sun was in the wrong spot for good pictures. This was a cool find!
How to get there (from Trout Lake, WA)
Take Hwy 141 out of Trout Lake, WA for 1.7 miles. Turn right on FS 88 and continue for 12.6 miles. The trailhead and parking lot are on the right side of the road.
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