Day Hike - Little Mashel Falls


Day Hike - Little Mashel Falls

It is Weekend Waterfall time! Join me for a Sunday morning hike in Pack Forest to get up close and personal with the geology of three waterfalls on the Little Mashel River and a chance to see some beautiful territorial views from Hugo Peak.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,750 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2 mph

Meet at 7am at the Roy "Y" Park and Ride located at the intersection of SR 507 & Pacific Ave S in Spanaway.

This is a lovely winter hike to three spectacular waterfalls in Pack Forest and an easy summit of Hugo Peak overlooking the valley below.  On our trip we will look at the lower falls geology, have a go at descending to the middle falls (bring your rain gear!), and get close enough to see the upper falls. A fun side trip will include a railroad trestle that offers views of the upper falls and a bonus smaller falls.  After our falls tour, we will continue on to Hugo Peak and finish our hike with some nice valley views on the descent back to the parking area.

This hike is one of several in a series called Weekend Waterfalls between now and April.  We will learn some interesting tidbits of information about the geology of the immediate area we are hiking in while viewing waterfalls during the peak season when water is plentiful.  These trips are perfect for day hikers or backpackers looking to increase their distance or condition during the offseason.  All levels of day hikers and backpackers welcome.  

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No parking pass required for drivers. 




Little Mashel Falls

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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