Hike Distance: 7.4 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 77.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 1570 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 8591 feet
So I’m ready to go someplace different and decided it’s another waterfall day. I’m feeling pretty good and am willing to try a longer hike. The Moulton Falls parking area is about a one hour drive so why not?
It’s dark and I think it might rain, but it never occurs, until I’m driving home. During my drive home it was a downpour. All I can say is the timing was great for leaving the trail.
I head out to make a small loop around the Yacolt Creek Falls trail. I get to the falls and am in awe of its beauty, and the water is flowing well. The sound of the falls drowns out all other noises in the area, including those in my head. haha I’m mesmerized by the falls and I hang around for about 5-10 minutes. I took many pictures but they just don’t capture the feel of being there, but I’m not disappointed.
To complete this small loop I need to cross over the metal grated bridge below. Looking down I see that the bridge has been rotated out of position and can’t be used to cross the creek. Argh. So I turn back and head toward the Moulton Trail, and the high bridge that crosses over the East Fork of the Lewis River. Thankfully, this bridge can’t be moved and is open year-round. 🙂
The Moulton Trail is about three miles long and level. I didn’t hike the complete distance but instead stop at some ponds, that are about 2.5 miles out. There’s a great bench there and I stopped to have a snack and powerade. On my way back to the car I decided to take a turn an climb up the Bell’s Mountain Trail. The Bell’s Mountain Trail is extremely long but I only climbed up about a half mile. I really only went up the trail to get some elevation into the hike, and it felt great.
Coming down from the Bell’s Mountain Trail I turned and headed back toward my car. The constant view of the East Fork of the Lewis River are amazing. Also, the view of Moulton Falls is a beautiful sight to behold. Pair the view with the mood and you have a perfect hike. So enjoyable and I can again say my back held up well. 🙂