Hike to Madcap Falls | Visit Rainier

Hike to Madcap Falls

Madcap Falls is a small 34-foot high gradual cascade located a short distance downstream from Tatoosh Creek on the Paradise River Trail.

The falls are not signed but can be found about 100 feet above Carter Falls. While Madcap Falls is modest in comparison to Narada Falls it’s more than worthy of a visit. Located in the lush, dense forest, putting a visit to Madcap and Carter Falls together makes for a scenic and peaceful hike. Madcap Falls Trail is a 2.9 mile out and back trail located near Longmire, Washington. This is considered an easy hike, good families and all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until October.


Height: 34 feet | Form: Gradual Cascade | Number of Drops: 1

Source Stream: Paradise River | Access: Moderate Hike

Location:  46.76512 N, -121.7688 W


Directions: Access the Wonderland Trail across from Cougar Rock Campground, located eight miles east of the Nisqually entrance to the park. Hike the trail eastward. Shortly past Carter Falls take an unnamed spur trail to the falls.