Porter Falls

An easy, dog-friendly hike in Capitol State Forest near Olympia.

getting there

From SR 12 in Porter, drive northeast on Porter Creek Rd. At the intersection, continue straight on the B-Line. The trailhead (200 ft) is ~4.5 miles from Porter and is across the road from Porter Creek Campground.

on the trail

This idyllic trail starts by an old water pump and ends at the confluence of South Porter Creek and West Porter Creek.  Hike along the creek through a forested canopy to reach this year round cascade of water.


  • Permits are required in this area for all fee-based (course-related) activities, regardless of group size.  Leaders may list trips at this route/place with the understanding that they need to verify that a permit has been obtained before running the trip (if required as outlined above). Permit applications are submitted to WA Department of Natural Resources annually in December. Please contact info@mountaineers.org with any additional questions. More details about permitting on WA DNR land as it applies to Mountaineers trips, as well as our current year Land Use License, can be found here.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 1.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft
  • 380 ft
  • WA DNR Capitol State Forest
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