Little Mashel Falls

A short, year-round 5-mile round trip hike with 500 feet of elevation gain in the University of Washington's Charles L. Pack Experimental Forest. This hike visits three spectacular waterfalls!

getting there

Pack Forest Trailhead

The Charles L. Pack Experimental Forest Trailhead is on SR-7 just east of the intersection with SR-161, south of Eatonville.

Bud Blancher Trailhead

The Bud Blancher Trailhead is in Eatonville on Center Street E, 0.2 miles east of the stoplight at the intersection of SR-161 and Center Street E.

on the trail

The 5-mile round trip and 500 feet of elevation gain is the same from either trailhead.


  • For more hikes i the area, visit our Pack Forest route/place.
  • A map is available at the gate house and at
  • There are a variety of trails and roads.  Horses and mountain bikes may use some of the trails and roads. Motorcycles and vehicles can use the main gravel roads.
  • Hunting is allowed away from the campus.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • 1,100 ft
  • Land Manager: Pack Forest
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 8
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • see Land Manager

Upcoming Activities

Pierce County Juvenile Court - Hiking - Little Mashel Falls

Day Hiking Youth activity: Mountain Workshop - Pierce County Juvenile Court
Youth Hiking Activity
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Jul 15, 2023
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Jul 13
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley
Qualified Youth Leader
Trip Reports

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  • Little Mashel Falls, Pack Forest Trailhead
  • Little Mashel Falls, Bud Blancher Trailhead
  • Little Mashel Falls, Pack Forest Trail
  • Little Mashel Falls, Bud Blancher Trail

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