Trail #31 Lewis River, Lower Falls to Quartz Creek

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Picture of Upper Lewis Falls

This 3.3 mile section of Lewis River Trail #31 travels from Lower Falls to Quartz Creek Falls Trail #5

Leaving the Lower Falls Recreation Area, the Lewis River Trail #31 skirts above the river before coming to the remains of an old “sheep” bridge and “steam donkey.” A “steam donkey” is a piece of heavy equipment used in logging prior to internal combustion engines. It was used to move timber bridges into and out of place to avoid winter floods. Wright Meadow Trail #80 joins the Lewis River Trail south of Copper Creek. Just beyond, you come to Middle Lewis River Falls, which is more a rocky chute than a waterfall. The trail climbs another mile to Alec Creek near the base of Upper Lewis River Falls. It then climbs to a cliff top overlooking Upper Lewis River Falls. Taidnapam Falls, nestled in a rocky gorge above Upper Falls, is yet another attraction. The Lewis River Trail ends on Forest Road 90 across from Quartz Creek Trail.

Picture of Middle Lewis Falls

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/5/2021: This segment of the trail is open. Contact Mt. Adams Ranger District for current info. 509-395-3402.
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles prohibited.
Closest Towns: Northwoods, WA
Restroom: Vault Toilets at Lower Falls
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Lower Falls Day Use Area.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount Adams Ranger District

General Information


Lower Falls Day Use Area

Lewis River/Quartz Creek Trailhead



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  Area/Length : 
3.3 miles

  Elevation : 
1400' - 1800'


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