Grotto Falls Trail #1503

Area Status: Open

This short trail leads to Grotto Falls, where water splits and plunges 100 feet over a deeply recessed cliff, creating a double curtain of falling water that visitors can pass behind.

The falls are located in a well-shaded river gorge that sees sunlight for only a few hours in the middle of the day. The first part of the trail passes through old-growth forest and lush understory where Oregon grape is abundant; the trail then arrives at the waterfall and passes behind the falls and through the deep, natural cavern. The water flow is at its highest in the spring after snowmelt.

Coolwater Campground and White Creek Campground are nearby places to camp, while Emile Shelter Big Tree Trail #1549 and Emile Big Tree Trail #1540 are short, nearby hiking trails.

Grotto Falls Trail #1503 - View of falls

At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: 23 miles from Glide, OR
Water: Surface water available and should be treated.

General Information

General Notes:
  • Watch for slippery rocks and wet trail conditions near the falls.


Mountain Biking

  • Mountain Biking is allowed on this trail.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Day Hiking

  • Hiking is encouraged on this trail.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
0.3 miles

  Elevation : 
2,800 feet range