Deception Falls on Highway 2
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We were heading over Highway 2 and needed a place to wiggle our legs. We had stopped at Deception Falls before, but only to see the one big fall and had never taken the time to explore the loop trail.
Starting near the two restrooms in this large paved parking lot, the trail drops slightly to a junction. We took a left, leaving the ADA portion of the hike to try something new!
The trail is 0.5 miles long with some small elevation change, a few benches and interpretive signs along the way. A couple of easy switchbacks brought us to a peaceful run-off stream coming from Deception Creek. A small bridge leads across the stream and back to this beautiful forested trail.
Eventually, the trail loops back to cross this stream again, but not before offering three staircases to well built decking on the raging Tye River. Each viewpoint gives a different perspective of the water crashing through boulders and giant slabs of rock, carved slowly over years of this continual process.
A well constructed bridge over the Deception Creek is wet due to the constant spray coming off of the falls, but it is not slippery because of the metal grated construction. Stairs on the opposite side take you up to an underpass of Highway 2 and onto another viewing platform.
Now the roar of the waterfall had us yelling at each other as we tried to find words that could express how impressed we were of this waterfall. The waterfall can be seen as you pass by on Highway 2, looking to the south, though seeing it up close and personal is well worth it!
We try to stop at a trail just like this one when we are on a long drive. Usually when we go hiking, it can take up most of a morning or a full day out and we pass right by these shorter nature trails. I am glad we didn't pass Deception Falls this time!