Deception Falls Loop
ElevationAscent: 81' 25 m
Descent: -76' -23 m
High: 1,833' 559 m
Low: 1,786' 544 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“This is an easy, nature trail loop through lush forests with a few waterfalls, old growth, and history.”— Karl W
This trail can be taken in either direction, but this description begins along the Barrier-Free Trail between the toilets and picnic area, which is wheelchair accessible. Turn north onto the dirt Nature Trail Loop and descend a few very gentle switchbacks. You'll pass through old growth and come to a small clear stream which is crossed by a bridge.
You'll then pass a nice overlook spur to Tye River. The second spur leads to a nice small waterfall that falls into a canyon that turns 90 degrees from the falls (the interpretive trail calls this a "giant's bent straw"). The third spur highlights some nice cascades and clear pools. The fourth spur is on Deception Creek and shows some more nice cascades.
Finally, the trail will rejoin the Barrier-Free Trail to cross Deception Creek on a bridge. Unfortunately for those with limited mobility, the trail climbs some stone stairs before crossing under Highway 2 to a nice view point of Deception Falls. Deception Falls is more of a giant cascade than a plunging falls, but it is still lovely if you can drown out the road noise above you.
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