Moses Creek Falls

Calling all daredevils: While this 100-foot waterfall is a bit difficult to see, those comfortable with steep climbs and limber exploration might enjoy the thrill of finding the right angle for the perfect snapshot.

The Forest Service closed the cascade to vehicle access, but its base is relatively easy to reach on foot. The perks of partially-concealed, hard-to-hike scenery? You probably won’t have to elbow any crowds to see this long series of slides, fed by West Fork Moses Creek.

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Hike Description

The trail follows the old forest road that begins from the outside of the switchback curve. It crosses a couple of dirt mounds, then forks. Go left and follow Moses Creek upstream. You’ll pass a scenic cascade at 0.2 mile. At 0.4 mile, the road fords the creek, which is easy to rockhop in normal flows but tricky after a rain. Soon after the crossing, you’ll start climbing fairly steeply and pass a couple of scenic small waterfalls. At 0.8 mile from the crossing, you’ll cross West Fork Moses Creek, an easy rockhop. A few yards beyond the crossing is a side path on the left. This path leads about 0.1 mile to the base of the falls.

The easiest way to reach the top of the falls is to continue on the main road, following what is now East Fork Moses Creek, heading upstream. At about 0.2 mile from the West Fork crossing, the road makes a sharp left switchback and leaves East Fork. It then climbs moderately alongside West Fork and reaches the top of the falls about 0.3 mile from the switchback.

 

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Safety

  • Heed posted warning signs indicating danger and stay on established trails.
  • Never climb on or around waterfalls and never play in the water above a waterfall. Rocks can be slippery and it’s easy to lose your balance especially with bare feet. Currents near waterfalls can be extremely swift even in areas further upstream.
  • Never jump off waterfalls or dive into plunge pools at the base of waterfalls. Rocks and logs can be hidden beneath the surface of the water. Often waterfall pools have swirling water or currents that can drag and keep you underwater.
  • Even if you have seen other people enjoy playing around waterfalls, be aware they have been lucky to escape unharmed. Waterfalls are constantly changing with varying water flows and erosion of the rocks around them. The current from one place to the next may be faster than you anticipate and the arrangement of rocks or other debris such as logs in the plunge pool is ever changing.

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