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Spoon Creek Falls

  • Latitude : 47.35367
  • Longitude : -123.5648
  • Elevation : 917 feet

This is perhaps the most underrated and least visited falls on the Olympic Peninsula.


Olympic National Forest up the Wynoochee Valley on part gravel road about 37 miles.


Travel Directions

Travel on State Route 12 about 1 mile west of Montesano, then turn north on the Wynoochee Valley Road (eventually becomes Forest Service Road FS 22). Travel approximately 34 miles to FS Road #23. Turn right and continue on #23 for approximately 2.6 miles to the trailhead (just past the West Fork of the Satsop River Bridge upstream of the confluence with Spoon Creek). The trailhead has in the past had a sign for Spoon Creek Falls, but the only present indication is the post. This moderately steep, sometimes maintained, 0.2 mile Forest Service trail has a fenced viewing area about 60 yards down the trail. The best view, however, is at stream level, followed by a sometimes wet, and seasonally dangerous walk about two hundred yards upstream to the plunge pool at the base of the falls.



Spoon Creek Falls is over 70 feet high, and drops in two tiers; the first being about 60 feet into a bathtub-size ledge, then immediately drops another 10 feet into a large plunge pool. Photo scale of this stunning falls is deceiving, as the falls appears smaller in photographs than its actual size. Very impressive and well worth the long drive and short trail walk. Best viewed October through July, and possibly later in the summer during wet or higher runoff years. Plan to get your feet wet walking upstream in higher flows, being extra careful on slippery rocks. Walking sticks and good shoes may be necessary to reach the viewing spot. Notice the interesting tan and dark gray dappled rocks in the streambed.

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10 Responses to “Spoon Creek Falls”

  1. waterfalls says:

    Glad you found the falls and that your companions were satisfied with the find! We felt the same way the first time we viewed it. Worth it for the falls and worth it for the scavenger hunt to find it.

  2. […] But when we rounded the first trial switchback, barely off the gravel thoroughfare, the view to the 70-foot falls and crystal-clear punchbowl immensely cheered my travel companions. “This was worth the drive,” my son tells me, […]

  3. waterfalls says:

    Hi Jan,
    Dogs are permitted on all Olympic National FOREST lands, but with restrictions in Olympic National Park. Here’s a link to the Rules & Regs for four-legged friends in ONP.
    Have a great visit.

  4. Jan ruchlis says:

    Hi Jan,
    If you need any further information before July, please let us know. 360-452-8552 or 800-942-4042.

  5. Ghenine says:

    Thank you! I saw the Enchanted Valley. And we really want to do it bad, but I have 8 and 12 year old boys and I just don’t think they are quite ready for that yet. We are working on conditioning for it to do next year! Thank you for the information =)

  6. waterfalls says:

    There is camping near Spoon Creek.
    Coho Campground is a really nice spot:
    Chetwoot on Lake Wynoochee.

    There are also several places nearby at Lake Quinault, including Graves Creek, which is the trail head for Enchanted Valley.
    Have a great trip!

  7. Ghenine says:

    So I was wondering if you could let me know of the nearest place to camp would be? We don’t mind pack it in non-park camping if there is any. State park camping would be fine also. If you had any info for me it would be much appreciated! Thanks

  8. Allison says:

    Beautiful and very quiet falls! But it took us a while to find it. We don’t have a GPS, so went off the directions here. The road #23 has several forks in it, and we went on 2 of the wrong forks until we found the bridge, and then the sign (yes, there is a sign at the trailhead now (July 2011). Keep to the right when you see the sign for Satsop Camp, and then stay on the main road and keep right when it forks off (don’t take any of the right hand smaller roads). When you see the bridge it is just past that on the right.

  9. waterfalls says:

    Oh, how sweet. And, yes, very romantic! Have fun with the kids and take lots of pictures!

  10. Angie says:

    These falls are amazing. My husband proposed to me there on a beautiful sunny day over 14 years ago now. We can’t wait to take our kids up there to show them the beauty of the area. It is a must see.