Snoquera Falls Trail 1167
Climb Snoquera Falls Trail to the base of Snoquera Falls through old growth timber at mile 1.4.
Return by same route or continue on the Snoquera Falls Trail to the White River Trail 1199. Head northeast on the White River Trail to the junction with Snoquera Falls Trail and Buck Creek Trail. Allow two hours to complete the round trip.
Past the falls watch for loose rocks and steep side slopes on the north section of the trail. You can make a loop with this trail but it can be somewhat difficult. The north section of the trail should only be attempted experienced hikers. Beginning hikers stay to the south side.
Even though Snoquera Falls lies on a seasonal stream, which often dries out by July, it is a deceptively impressive waterfall. The cliffs of Dalles Ridge rise several hundred feet above the surrounding land, and Snoquera Creek plummets 400 feet, dancing around in the wind before cascading down towards the White River, and eventually flowing into a small pond, where most of the stream stops.
If you don't have a whole day for hiking, then head for the Snoquera Falls Trail 1167, a nice hike best in April or May, when spring rain and snowmelt make the falls spectacular. The water cascades in a narrow ribbon for 300 feet and spreads out like a curtain for another 100 feet. Find the trail to Snoquera Falls behind the Camp Sheppard Boy Scout Camp on Hwy 410. This is a nice uphill hike, about two miles long and not too difficult. Start in old growth forest around the outside boundaries of the camp. After crossing trail 1199, start the trek uphill through second growth forest with a few larger trees along the way. Moss, ferns and Oregon Grape cover the forest floor. The vine maple in the area is especially beautiful in the fall. As you get closer to the falls you will see the results of a huge rockslide that occurred in 2008. You can view the falls from this side of the creek, but to really experience them cross the creek and climb the very steep trail up the left rock-face to the base of the falls. (Sometimes, if the snow melt is heavy, you may not be able to cross the creek safely.)
At a Glance
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Drive east on State Highway 410 from Enumclaw 28.3 miles to wide parking area on left (east) side of highway. Buck Creek Trail #1169 is on left side (east) of highway just past the Camp Sheppard entrance.
Travel Buck Creek Trail #1169 northeast for 0.3 mile to the beginning of Snoquera Falls Trail and the junction with White River Trail #1199.
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