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Wynoochee Falls

Wynoochee Falls is one of the few punchbowl-form falls of our area, and where the falls drops to an idyllic swimming hole on the river.


Upstream of Wynoochee Lake at the closed Wynoochee Lake Campground. Route finding skills on sparsley marked forest roads are a necessity.

Travel Instructions

From US Highway 12 at Montesano, turn north on Wynoochee Valley Road (1 mile west of Montesano) Drive approximately 35 miles on the Wynoochee Valley Road (also called FR 22) to a major intersection with FR2270 just below the Wynoochee dam. Drive straight ahead on FR 2270 approximately 8.3 miles to Wynoochee Falls Campground (closed at last report). Hike any of the several trails to the falls on the west side of the campground on the river. Alternatively, from US Highway 101 north of Aberdeen, travel the Donkey Creek Road (FR 22) approximately 22.3 miles to just below the Wynoochee Dam and connect with FR 2270, taking a left turn at the intersection traveling 8.3 miles to Wynoochee Falls Campground.



This is a long drive, partly on gravel roads, requiring route finding skills, but well worth the trip to view a low, two-tier, punchbowl-form falls of 25 feet that is more or less an all season viewing falls. Three or even four small stream channels separately tumble down jagged rock and flow into the crystal clear pool at the base of the falls during lower flows. It is most impressive in the rainy season or spring runoff. Lake Wynoochee and the Dam alone are worth the trip.

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15 Responses to “Wynoochee Falls”

  1. D Thomas says:

    Are dogs allowed on trails here?

    • waterfalls says:

      Dog-Friendly Destinations on the Olympic Peninsula
      We understand that your dog is not just a pet. He is part of your family that you want to experience the Olympic Peninsula with you! This region of Washington State is a large and diverse landscape ranging from Pacific beaches to alpine meadows and everything in-between. And while most places in the Olympic National Park do prohibit dogs there are thousands of acres to keep you and your furry family member(s) busy.
      A couple things to remember when traveling with your dog:
      Please keep your dog on a leash unless otherwise permitted.
      Please be aware of any specific passes required to enter a park.
      Please clean up after your dog.
      Please make sure you and your dog stay hydrated while exploring.
      Please have fun and take lots of pictures to use when bragging to your friends about your adventure.

      In the Olympic National Park:
      Kalaloch beaches between the Hoh and Quinault Reservations (including Ruby Beach, Beach 1, 2, 3, and 4)
      Rialto Beach to Ellen Creek
      First Beach in La Push
      Moment in Time Trail near Lake Crescent Lodge at Barnes Point
      Spruce Railroad Trail on the north shore of Lake Crescent
      Peabody Creek Trail south of Port Angeles
      Quinault National Recreation Trail System (10 miles of looped hiking)

      In the Olympic National Forest:
      All trails within the Olympic National Forest are dog-friendly. Visit for a full listing.

      State Parks:
      All state parks are dog-friendly. Visit for a map of the six state parks on the Olympic Peninsula.
      Sequim Bay State Park, Sequim
      Dosewallips State Park, Brinnon
      Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend
      Bogachiel State Park, Forks
      Triton Cove, Triton
      Fort Townsend, south of Port Townsend
      Kinney Point, south tip of Marrowstone Island
      Anderson Lake, west of Chimacum

      County Parks:
      All county parks are dog-friendly. Visit and for full listings.
      Dungeness Recreation (Campground and day use area only), Sequim
      Marlyn Nelson County Park (Port Williams Beach), Sequim
      Quillayute River County Park, La Push
      Lake Pleasant County Park, Beaver
      Pillar Point Recreation Area, On Hwy 112 just east of Pysht
      Salt Creek Recreation Area, Joyce
      “Trail of Senses Interpretive Hike” in the Elk Creek Conservation Area, Calawah Way, Forks
      Mystery Bay, Nordland on Marrowstone Island
      Fort Flagler State Park, north tip of Marrowstone Island
      Pleasant Harbor State Park, Brinnon
      Potlatch State Park, Shelton
      Mouth of the Elwha River (Follow Elwha Dike access point at the end of Place Rd.), Port Angeles
      Cline Spit County Park, Sequim
      Mary Lukes Wheeler County Park, Sequim

      Other Parks and Trails
      Olympic Discovery Trail, Port Townsend to La Push, Visit for full information
      Sequim Dog Park (Carrie Blake Park)
      Port Angeles Dog Park
      Ediz Hook, Port Angeles
      Port Townsend Dog Park
      Cape Flattery Trail, Neah Bay
      Clallam Bay Spit County Park

      Pet Boarding
      Still want to explore the National Park on your trip? Leaving your furry family with a trusty pet boarder for the day is a safe and convenient option. Contact any of our local Visitor Centers or Chambers of Commerce for information on pet boarding businesses.

  2. […] you are more interested in waterfalls, Grays Harbor’s best waterfalls can be found near Wynoochee Lake.  With a gorgeous trifecta of waterfalls along easy to follow and scenic trails, Wynoochee Falls, […]

    • waterfalls says:

      Thanks, GraysHarborTalk! We couldn’t agree more about the ‘gorgeous trifecta’ of waterfalls. Some great places for picnics and for beating the heat this summer.

  3. Jessica says:

    This is a great short hike and beautiful falls. There is another waterfall close by not listed here which should always be hiked to the same day :) When you come to the gate 2 miles before Wynoochee Falls turn left over the bridge and then take the next left and stay right. . Look on your right for a marked/unmarked trail. Follow about 1/2 mile to Maidenhair falls. This trail keeps going back to the lake and there’s a beautiful view of Maidenhair falls from a bridge that crosses the stream at this location.

    • waterfalls says:

      WOW! Jessica. Thanks for sharing info about another waterfall. We will go scouting it next time we are out. Thanks for the directions! Do you have any photos of Maidenhair Falls?

  4. Kelly Anderson says:

    The falls are indeed lovely. The pools surrounding the falls are especially clear and enticing. However, it is extremely important to note that you should not swim in the pools anywhere near the falls. As a local of 40+ years there have been a few visitors that have sadly died in or near the falls – including a victim just this summer. This is a remote area with no cell service or emergency services. Have a great time, but please be safe!

    • waterfalls says:

      Hi Kelly. Thanks for the “local” input. Yes, the wonderful places we have here to visit and experience in the wilderness here are just that – “wilderness”. Use some common sense, stay safe and enjoy the majesty of our wilderness places.

  5. Tony Tennant says:

    Found this magic place completely at random wandering up from my stay at Ocean city ’06, came to see the rainforest being Texan and wanted to run the upper roads, went back three other occasions. This is an exceptional site, was long ago said to be a well-known camp spot, by a local plumber in Hoquiam/Aberdeen. (too many accidents) My brother, friends and I went when water was very low and it is was chilly, we jumped in all afternoon until shadows grew too long.. the chill effect was amazing. But be warned, it is not an easy trek up face or the jump either.

  6. Beth says:

    This is one of our family favorites for camping at the Lake and then exploring – kids ages 6, 5 and 2. The lake is a great place to swim (water temp 71 degress) and the waterfall is fine if you are up for quite a bit colder water temperature. Our family can easily spend 2-3 hours just playing along the riverbank – crossing it back and forth – and looking for fish or building rock structures and rerouting the water. The scramble to the top of the falls is well worth the effort and easily done even by little ones with a bit of help. Also, the road is NOW paved except the last 6 miles to the campground and then the 8 miles of dirt road in good condition to the waterfall.

  7. Bob says:

    I just saw the fall and it was well worth the trip. I even enjoyed the cool water.

  8. Rachel says:

    Just a “foot note”… there is a gate on the road about 2 miles before the falls that is locked between October and April. It makes for a nice bike ride, or additional hike. :)

  9. Rachel says:

    This is a beautiful area with many trails through the old growth forest. The river carves it’s way through a lush green canyon as it makes it’s way to the lake and beyond. However, the last time I was here, there was soap floating in the water from campers upstream. PLEASE don’t pollute!!

  10. Waterfall Lover says:

    Love the pool and setting of this falls.