Unique Moments Photography travels to many places to capture our clients engagement photos. We always provide a free engagement session with our wedding packages. When we were searching for suitable locations in Washington, a total stranger told us about the Little Mashel Falls which are about 3-4 miles from Eatonville Washington. We have been calling this location our ” secret spot ” ever since we found them.
In short terms these falls are a truly Hidden Gem for the Tacoma and mount rainier areas. Its one of the Mount Rainers best kept secrets and these falls are spectacular. Lots to consider if you are going to attempt to hike to these falls.
1- They are not easy to get to and there is about a 2.o mile hike to the falls
2- You will have to cross an abandoned rail road bridge or walk around it which adds more distance and a bit more work
3- Fairly steep coming back to the top
4- There are trails going that will lead you to the top of the falls. DO NOT climb near the edge nor close to the face of the falls. There has been fatalities from people slipping and falling into the current and going over the falls. These ARE NOT falls that are 100% safe. Be careful at all times near the water. You need to use your head at all times.
5- To get to the base of the falls you will hike down steep dirt and rocky paths. If they are wet, they can be slippery. You will see ropes and cables so use them and you will be OK
Every couple that has decided to hike into these waterfalls LOVES the experience. Its a great way to spend a few hours and capture photos that most couples do not have. Bring a towel that you can hide behind and pack your backpack with some clothes. Its going to be a session that you will absolutly love. We typically hike directly to the lower falls because its the easiest to get to. But you could easily spend the day and hot all the falls. Its a great location to consider. Some couple hike in with tennis shoes. We always suggest good gripping hiking shoes. The dirt banks are slippery especially if they are wet.