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Maidenhair Falls

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia
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Length

1.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 100 ft.

Rating

4.25 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

Maidenhair Falls is proof that you don’t have to hike long distances to see beautiful scenery. A mere half mile from the trailhead, this waterfall and gorge is sure to delight.

Travel through lush second growth forest on a narrow trail. Quickly arrive at a bridge over the Wynoochee River, and take your time to enjoy the falls. When you’re done, you have several options.

You could continue another 2 miles, eventually arriving at a gravel bar and a ford of the Wynoochee River. You could also head back to your car and follow a trail along the east side of the Wynoochee River. Or you could drive a couple of miles up the road and visit the scenic Wynoochee Falls via another mile long trail.

 

Maidenhair Falls

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4480, -123.5527 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District

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Getting There

Take the Devonshire Road exit off of hwy 12 just west of Montesano. Cross Devonshire Road, then cross Pioneer Ave and continue on Wynoochee Valley Road/FR 22, following signs to Wynoochee Lake. If you have an older Gazetteer Atlas or are using Bing, the road is labelled Wynoochee Rd.

After about 35 miles pass the turnoff for Coho campground on the left and stay straight on a forest road along the east side of Wynoochee Lake. Most sources call this FR-2270, but Google calls this FR-2312. Reset your trip odometer at this turnoff.

Approximately 6 miles past the turnoff for Coho campground, turn Left on a spur road right after a yellow gate and immediately cross a bridge. Take the next left, and in ~50 feet, find the trail on your right, down off the road. There is a sign, but it is difficult to see while driving. Park along side of the road, leaving room for others to pass.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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