Naked Falls is the second largest waterfall on the Washougal River and one of the more interesting large-river waterfalls in the state. It has a similar appearance to Middle Lewis River Falls, but on a smaller scale. In addition to it's rather unique shape, the river boasts some of the most colorful rock above and below the falls, making the bright orange bedrock under the clear blue water as much of an attraction as the falls are.
As of June 2016, the falls have been permanently closed off to public access. The parcel the falls are found in was formerly owned by Longview Timber, but when Longview was bought out by Weyerhauser the ownership transferred over. Weyerhauser has been increasingly hostile towards recreation on their land, and in this particular situation, worried about liability due to injuries (perhaps rightfully so in this situation, as there have been numerous reports of reckless swimmers being injured at the falls). Unless you wish to risk being cited for trespassing, we advise you only attempt to view the falls through the trees from the road.
- Naked Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
The name of the falls has been in local usage for a long time, stemming from the popularity of the falls as a locale to sunbathe in the nude during the summer.
The falls are located along the Washougal River, about 20 miles NE of Washougal. There are two ways to reach the falls. For those of you coming from the east along SR 14, watch for Salmon Falls Road, which branches off of SR 14 about 10 miles west of the Bridge of the Gods or 3 miles east of the Cape Horn viewpoint. Drive 3 miles along Salmon Falls road to the bridge across the Washougal River, where Salmon Falls can be seen just upstream. Turn right at the intersection immediately beyond and continue for another 5 miles to the second bridge over the Washougal River where Dougan Falls can be seen to the right. Coming from the west, the easiest way to reach the falls is as follows. In Washougal, approximately 9 miles east of Interstate 205, turn north onto SR 140. After about 10 miles, 140 becomes the Washougal River road. Continue for approximately 7 miles (passing Salmon Falls Road after about 2 miles) to the Dougan Falls bridge. From Dougan Falls, turn right on the gravel extension of the Washougal River Road (a sign points towards Stevenson), and follow for another 1.8 miles to where the river comes back near the road. As stated above, the falls are on land owned by Weyerhauser, and the county has indicated they will ticket trespassers who attempt to visit. A through-the-trees glimpse can be afforded from the road, but it seems clear views of the falls are no going to be possible any longer.