Day Hike - Little Mashel Falls


Day Hike - Little Mashel Falls

Bud Blancher was a local private pilot and outdoor enthusiast who loved the Eatonville area. His vision was to create a path to the Mashel Falls over the lovely Mashel River for everyone to enjoy.

  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 750 ft
  • Pace: 2.5

We will meet at the Bud Blancher TH 1/4 mile east at the traffic light in Eatonville ready to go at 10:00 am. Please note this is not the Pack Forest hike to the falls.

Carpooling is encouraged. 

No trail pass or permit required.

Porta-potty is located at the TH at the parking area. There is also a pit toilet at the Eatonville visitor center on Mashel Ave. 

Driving Directions:

Take Hwy 161 to Eatonville. At the traffic light take a left (east). Go two blocks and turn right at TH sign. 

These magical falls are beautiful and breathtaking. Be ready for a bit of mud and a few steep and slippery climbs as we explore all three upper, middle and lower falls together.

The hike itself travels next to and across the Mashel River and Smallwood Pond for the first 1 1/2 miles, then turns steeply uphill towards the falls. 

Bring a sit pad, rain gear, trekking poles and good boots as the falls are probably one of the most spectacular lowland areas to visit full of cascading water, mosses and mist. The area is prone to muddy conditions with some steep accesses to a closer view of the falls. 

Optional: bring a plastic bag and gloves if you'd like to pick up litter with us along the way.


Little Mashel Falls

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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