Posted by: columbiahighlands | November 19, 2011

Day hike: Elk Creek Falls

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Climb through intact forest of cedar, hemlock and aspen on this two-mile family-friendly loop to one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Columbia Highlands. The highlight, of course, is Elk Creek Falls, which tumbles down and around massive, mossy boulders and cedar roots; a bridge crossing in front of the falls allows a face-to-falls view. Along the way, peer down upon Mill Pond and Sullivan Lake, both great choices for a post-hike dip. This serene setting has been proposed as an addition to the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.

From Metaline Falls, follow State Highway 31 north for 2.4 miles to the junction of Sullivan Lake Road (County Road 9345). Turn right (south) and follow the Sullivan Lake Road for 3.2 miles to the Mill Pond Historic Site entrance and Elk Creek Falls trailhead.

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