China Creek Falls is a true gem that many locals in the Valley of Trails don’t even know about. To be perfectly honest we thought about keeping this one to ourselves…for a moment. The hike itself is a moderate 60 minutes round-trip. There are sections along the trail where you will want to use the ropes along the trail to help you up steep sections, or from falling down even steeper sections. The trail head coordinates are included on this page. Basically, you park near the gate to a large gravel pit, walk down the main road a few meters, and you’ll see a very small trail marked by flags in the tress above. This is a very active industrial area, so please be careful and respectful of the logging traffic.
About 5 minutes into the hike you will hit a fork in the trail (there is a sign marking the fork). If you walk 2 minutes on the right hand trail, you will come to an absolutely stunning swimming hole. If you follow the left fork, you will hike through the second growth forest (with some truly massive trees) along the crystal clear waters of China Creek until you reach the falls. The waterfalls themselves are about 10 meters high and empty into another beautiful swimming hole.
Now that we’ve let the cat out of the bag, please be respectful of this trail and ecosystem. Be sure not to leave any trace. Thank you!