Covel Creek Falls

This is one of the more unique waterfalls in the South Cascades. You not only get to see the waterfall as you approach it, you also get to walk behind it for a one-of-a-kind experience. At 75 feet this isn’t the highest falls in the region but it’s unusual and the trail that leads to it is short and scenic. The hike begins at the Cispus Learning Center, and follows Covel Creek. As you follow the stream don’t be deceived by smaller waterfalls, the main attraction is to the right of the trail junction for Burley Mountain. The waterfall is also known as Curtain or Phantom Falls. Watch your step; use the guide rope in place while on the slippery trail behind the falls.


Height: 75 feet | Form: Segmented Plunges | Number of Drops: 1

Source Stream: Covell Creek | Access: Moderate Hike

Location: 46.42585 N, -121.85086 W


Directions: From Randle on US 12, take SR 131 south towards Mt. St. Helens, then follow Forest Road 23 towards Trout Lake. Turn right onto FR 28, about 13 miles from Randle. Drive 2 miles to just beyond the bridge crossing Yellowjacket Creek. Here FR 28 continues straight, but becomes gravel, take this – don’t follow the pavement. Follow the gravel extension of FR 28 for about 2 miles to the Burley Mountain trailhead. The trail then climbs moderately up the hill for 1/2 mile to a junction. Keep right for another 1/2 mile to the base of the falls, a total of one mile from the road.


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