These falls are almost completely obscured by forest, and to really get a look at them, you need to be on the bridge directly above the falls - which really doesn't give you that great a few of them.
The falls are not a straight drop, for the most part. Instead, they are a very long stone slope the water shoots down.
From the State Route 500 trailhead (Everett Street), follow the Round Lake Loop trail past the dam, then follow the signs to Potholes Falls. Continue going downhill on the trail past Potholes Falls. Eventually you will come to the bridge over Lacamas Creek, and the falls start almost directly under the bridge.
From the 3rd Avenue trailhead, simply keep going uphill on the only trail out of the parking lot. It parallels the creek and will eventually cross the creek at the falls on the bridge in the photos.
To get to the 3rd Avenue Trailhead, turn onto Union Street from Highway 14 though the southern part of Camas. There are signs here for Lacamas Lake Park. This road makes several curves and name changes and crosses a significant bridge before going into downtown Camas. At 3rd Avenue, turn right and continue several blocks and past a curve in the road. Just past the Christian school on the right, you will need to turn left into the parking area for the park.
Downtown Camas is served by regular city bus service from downtown Vancouver. You will have to walk a few blocks from downtown Camas.
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Another item located in Lacamas Park, this small waterfall passes through very worn rock formations. The best viewing is in the winter when there are no leaves on the trees near the falls, as these do block the view.
The falls are in a deep canyon, and the trail that provides the viewpoint is on the edge of a cliff, so watch your young children when walking here with them. There are no handrails or other guards in this location.
The easiest way to get here would be to follow the instructions on how to get to the Round Lake Loop Trail and follow the trail south until you cross the dam. After crossing the dam, turn right on the short trail that goes to the Potholes. There are signs telling you where to turn to get to the falls viewpoint.
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