This is a short 0.3-mile out-and-back, well groomed trail that takes you to a splendid waterfall west of Mount Adams in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
The falls were named in honor of K.C. Langfield, a longtime forest ranger in the Mt. Adams Ranger District. The trail was also built by the forest service in memory of him, as well. This is a fantastic easy hike for families with small children.
From the parking area, follow the Langfield Falls Trail above the creek through lush montane forest, then descend a few switchbacks before getting glimpses of the falls. After a few more switchbacks and a few nice social areas with log benches, reach the base of the falls. A short scramble trail takes you right down to the water. Expect to see lots of people here, and kids playing in the water, on summer weekends.
The forest along this hike is dominated by tall, second growth douglas firs, an understory of vine maples, and a forest floor of shrubby mountain huckleberry. In fall, the vine maples and huckleberry light the understory and forest floor with fiery reds, oranges, and yellows.
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