The crown jewel of the Lewis River trail system, This falls is spectacular. At 50 feet (15 m) this waterfall is not incredibly tall but when you consider that the entire volume of the lewis river pours over its shelf, this becomes a very powerful waterfall.
The shape of the shelf is also quite interesting. A large horseshoe shape which is cut back unevenly on one side. The result is a falls that in my best description looks like a wedding cake. It is very easily reached after parking at the signed Lewis Falls Recreation Area and walking a very short distance to the canyons edge.
Big Creek Falls is quite impressive. It is about 130 feet (39 m) tall and is reached by traversing through an old growth forest. The unfortunate storms of last year have fell nearly all of the large trees in this area. The area looks like a war zone and the number of giant trees lying on the ground outnumber the trees still standing.
Still this falls is great since the fall is quite large and the area is still very undeveloped. The viewing platform has been damaged by a fallen tree and the signs of human interaction with this area are few.
Curly Creek Falls is a very interesting waterfall unfortunately bad lighting seriously hindered my photo taking abilities. Curly Creek falls has 2 natural arches which have been formed on its face and may possibly be forming a third.
The creek is actually fairly large and can be heard from across the river at the viewpoint. The best views of this falls would probably be found by boat traveling down the Lewis River. The viewpoint has many trees which obstruct your view. It is still one truly unique waterfall.
Just .2 miles (.3 km) upstream from Upper Lewis River Falls is Tiatnapum Falls. This is the most overlooked waterfall in the Lewis River Area. It is about 25 feet (7 m) and contains the same volume of its downstream siblings but the location being in such proximity to Lower Lewis River Falls makes it a forgettable location.
The most interesting thing about this fall would have to be its name. Tiatnapum is a rough translation of the name of a local native tribe. The word translates to "Upper Cowlitz" which is a river system on the east side of Mt. Rainier. This is slightly strange seeing as the falls are located south of Mt. St. Hellens.
I hiked my way to this unforgettable waterfall via the Lewis River Trail. Their is another route of entry that i didn't use though. The falls are the tallest at 65 feet (19 m) along the Lewis River. I found this waterfall to be the most impressive in the area.
The seclusion that these falls enjoy means that you just might be alone when visiting. I hiked from the middle falls to these and saw no one on the trail for a distance of 1 mile (1.6 km). The point here is that aside from scenic beauty, this waterfall is much more private in that you can enjoy it alone. The Lower Falls is popular enough that their are people there almost the entire day.
From Lower Lewis River Falls this location is reached by driving northeast for about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the signed parking area for the Middle Falls. From there it's just a short hike to the bottom and the falls.
Along the hike don't forget to stop and check out the falls on Copper Creek. Once you reach the river you will be greeted with another wide fall of the Lewis River this one is over different leveled shelves. The total drop is about 35 feet (10 m) the falls are not as popular, likely because their shape makes clear views difficult.
Nevertheless this is a very interesting waterfall and more lie ahead along the Lewis River Trail.
Favorite thing: The Northwoods area is covered with many large trees. Along the Lewis River Trail their are many of these trees which can be over 8 feet (2.4 m) in diameter. in some places like at Big Creek Falls these trees have fell due to the powerful wind storm in the winter of 2007.