070 – Window Falls

Accessibility – Easy

Height – 27′ (15′ drop + 12′ drop)

Distance – 1.20 miles (out and back)

Beauty – 9

Photo rating – 7

Solitude – 2

GPS Info: LAT 36.4008 LONG -80.2596

Last updated – 04/01/2017

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After stopping at Hidden Falls Continue down the trail another 0.2 of a mile to Window Falls. Much like Upper Cascades, the trail ends at an observation deck that doesn’t allow you to observe anything except ‘the window’. There are stairs to get down to the lower section of the falls but to get to Window Falls, you will be going over the raining and down the rocks or you will be climbing up the rocks to get around the corner to the far side of the window. When you look from the deck you are looking at an immense stone wall with a small window in it. Very cool but the waterfall is on the other side of the window about thirty feet to the right, offering no line of sight from the deck.

Anyway, once you’re safely down to the same level as the window, move around the end of the rock. Once you’re on the opposite side of the window, you will be able to see the waterfall tucked back in the corner. Again, the setting is amazing but the crowds were unbearable – May 2015. On the May 2016 visit, we were the only ones here. You can scoot back down to the lower section of the falls and head onto the rocks to get a decent shot. The Memorial Day crowds were also gone from the lower section of the falls but the trash they left in their wake as part of the holiday festivities was strewn everywhere. The hike back to the parking area will be 0.6 of a mile, primarily up hill. Hit this one on a weekday for best results.

A view of Alana through the window – May 2016
The hidden waterfall – May 2016
Window Falls – May 2016
The lower drop at Window Falls – May 2016
Lower Window Falls – May 2016
The view of the window from the observation deck – May 2016