Taylor River


Day Hike - Big Creek Falls & Otter Falls

Follow an abandoned forest service road along the Taylor River to visit both Big Creek Falls and Otter Falls. About an 11 mile out and back hike, with approximately 650 feet in elevation gain. We will aim to keep a brisk 2.5 mph pace while hiking. There are a couple tricky creek crossings along the way.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 650 ft
  • Pace: 2.5 mph

We will meet at 8:30 am at the trailhead for the Garfield Ledges, and then walk the 1/4 mile along the road up to the Taylor River trailhead. There is more parking and a restroom available at the Garfield Ledges trailhead. The access road is really bumpy just at the very end, but the entire rest of the way in is either paved or compact gravel. Northwest Forest Service Pass required.

There are a couple of tricky creek crossings along the hike, especially this time of year with the snow melt and water run-off. Trekking poles are advised to assist with these crossings. Keep an eye on the area forecast and plan for rain. We will target about a 2.5 mph pace while hiking, with a short stop for rest and snacks at each of the falls. According to the most recent Mountaineers policy: "Fully vaccinated individuals may opt not to wear a mask while outdoors. Those who are not fully vaccinated must maintain a 6 ft. physical distance or wear a mask, even when outdoors."


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