Elk Creek #560

Area Status: Open

The trailhead is located in the upper parking area of the Mill Pond Historic Site. From the parking area this trail crosses the Sullivan Lake Road and climbs up a south-facing slope offering stunning views of Sullivan Lake. The trail drops into a steep draw where Elk Creek Falls cascades down the hillside for 30 feet. After viewing the falls, the trail winds down the hillside where it again crosses the Sullivan Lake Road and returns to the trailhead.  

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Open Season: Year Around
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Metaline Falls, WA
Information Center: Trail Map of Mill Pond Historic Site

General Information


From Metaline Falls WA:  Head northeast on Grandview St toward International Selkirk Loop N/Lehigh Ave.  Turn right onto WA-31 N/International Selkirk Loop N/Lehigh Ave continue for 2.1 miles.  Turn right onto Sullivan Lake Rd continue for 3.3 miles destination will be on the right.

Google map directions from Metaline Falls WA

Latitude 48.859080 Longitude -117.300562

General Notes:
  • USGS Map: Metaline Falls

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Viewing Wildlife

  • Variety of wildlife ranging from common whitetail deer to endangered woodland caribou and threatened grizzly bear.
  • Other species of interest are bighorn sheep, moose, elk, mountain lion, black bear, gray wolf, bald eagle and other bird species.

Viewing Plants

  • Excellent hike for spring wildflowers.

Viewing Scenery

  • Spectacular views of the Elk Creek Falls and Sullivan Lake.


Picnic tables: No Day Use Fee
Parking: No Day Use Fee
Toilets: Vault

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.1 miles

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  Elevation : 
2,400 ft. - 3,000 ft.