Rainbow Falls State Park


Day Hike - Rainbow Falls State Park

This is a Family Hike through one of the last remaining stands of old growth forest in the upper Chehalis valley. We’ll start at the trailhead on SR 6 across the river from the State Park campground, and hike on various loop trails through a hillside forest of ancient cedars and hemlock. We’ll see lots of small waterfalls in the hillside creeks that we cross.

  • Easy
  • Casual
  • Mileage: 2.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft

Meet at 12:00 pm at the Rainbow Falls State Park trailhead on State Route 6 west of Chehalis.  A State Discover Pass is required. Specific directions will be given in a pre-Hike email. We anticipate hiking for about 3 hours.

This is a family hike with priority given to kids with adults:

  • The hike is appropriate for children of all ages but trails are not suitable for strollers.
  • The trails are single-track paths through ferns and dense undergrowth and may be muddy.  Water-resistant boots will help keep you dry.
  • We will hike rain or shine.

Rainbow Falls State Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Bring basic family hiking gear appropriate for the expected weather, including:

  • backpack for each adult and kid, ideally with a waist strap.
  • family first aid kit.
  • rain gear and warm layers for everyone in your family group.
  • water-resistant shoes that can get muddy, and change of shoes in the car for the drive home.
  • water and snacks.
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