069 – Hidden Falls

Accessibility – Easy

Height – 12′

Distance – 1.20 miles (out and back)

Beauty – 9

Photo rating – 7

Solitude – 2

GPS Info: LAT 36.3990 LONG -80.2605

Last updated – 04/01/2017

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The next two falls can be done as part of the same hike. Hidden Falls and Window Falls are 0.2 of a mile apart and seeing both on a single hike will give a total distance of 1.2 miles out and back. The trailhead for these waterfalls is at the opposite end of the parking area as the trail for Upper Cascade Falls. There is an information kiosk at the end of the parking lot and then a wide dirt trail into the woods. The trail is lined with picnic shelters and cookout areas, making it nothing like I’m accustomed.

The first waterfall on this hike is Hidden Falls, which turned out was not very well hidden since on my first visit there were easily three dozen people climbing on the falls for most of our visit. Thankfully on our return trip, there was no one here. The falls can be accessed by making a right when the trail from the picnic area dead ends. If you’re not sure, there is a sign pointing you in the right direction. You can take a pic from the right or the left. I prefer the view from the left side, which is best captured from the gravel area.

Hidden Falls – May 2016
A view from the gravel area to the left – May 2016
Another view from the left side of the falls – May 2016