Mystic Falls in the Heart of Indian Canyon

Beautiful short hike to a waterfall, accessible year round!


Okay, so low trickle this dry, warm year.. but this is the spot of the falls and large cave!! See more photos for different conditions!

Okay, so here are the fast facts:


Distance: 1.5 miles at max round trip (my guestimate)


Elevation gain: 100 ft elevation gain (also my guestimate)


Rating: Easy/Moderate


Parking: Off Indian Canyon Dr (See map below)


Toilets: None


Dogs: Leashed


Fees: None!


Features: A beautiful waterfall and cave!


What makes this exciting: This is still a spot in Spokane that not everyone knows about. The waterfall is beautiful, and it freezes over in the winter time which is absolutely incredible to see!


Throwback to Winter 2016 when this beauty froze over!! This was one of the coolest things I've seen!


Driving Directions: From Government Way, turn to head west on Greenwood Rd. In 0.3 miles, the road will Y, take a slight left onto S Indian Canyon Dr. In just over a half mile, you will see an old dirt road on the right side of the street with a closed gate. Park here.



The green mark is the falls. The red mark is where the trail begins!

How not to go the wrong way: Once at the closed gate, there are multiple trails heading off to the right. The old dirt road is considered Trail 102. Trail 121 intersects this (trails heading to the right.. you will see a small tree marker indicating Trail 121). Take trail 121 down into the canyon. Once you hit the stream, you will follow it back upstream to the waterfall. There are several areas where you have to cross the stream or hop over rocks and logs.



This small marker on the tree marks the beginning of trail 121. Follow this to descend down into the canyon!

One of the several creek crossings!

Monica’s Real Talk: There are other trails in this area as well as places to park, but this is the fastest, most direct route that I found to the waterfall.


The stream was pretty sure it isn't winter...

The only disclaimers I have are: This is a unique little area that is slowly becoming more well known... a girlfriend of mine said she did this hike about a year ago and saw several homeless people living in this canyon. I've done this hike three times now in the last 2 years, and I've never experienced that or seen trash of any kind, but it's worth mentioning just in case!!


Making our way back out of the canyon to the truck!



This is a beautiful area, I can't wait to see it again in the spring when the falls is at its greatest flow.


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