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Capitol State Forest - Porter Falls

Olympic Peninsula


Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia
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2.2 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 450 ft.


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Hike along a gentle grade as it climbs along Porter Creek and crosses it, traveling west on the other side, keeping the road you arrived on in view. As you reach the confluence of Porter Creek and the West Fork of Porter Creek, you also reach the waterfall, your destination.

The trail climbs from the parking area, going up several switchbacks before leveling out about midway up the hillside. The trail then leads back down to the creek, then up again before arriving at the West Fork of Porter Creek.

Following the West Fork until it meets with Porter Creek, hikers are greeted by the falls at the intersection of the two trails. Enjoy the falls before heading back the way you came.


Capitol State Forest - Porter Falls

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Co-ordinates: 46.9714, -123.2744 Open map in new window


Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

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Getting There

To reach the trailhead, drive Highway 12 west to Porter Creek Road, which goes right through the small town of Porter. Red's Hop N' Market which also serves as the post office is located near the right turn onto Porter Creek Road. The trailhead is across the road from Porter Creek Campground which is about 4.5 miles from Highway 12.

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