Rainbow Falls is a name that is all too often tossed around for waterfalls of all shapes and sizes. In this case, the generic name fits this rather generic looking, though decently impressive waterfall pretty well. The falls occur along an unnamed, likely seasonal tributary of Johnson Creek, about halfway between Packwood and Mount Rainier National Park. Low stream flow limits the impressiveness of this 160-foot waterfall, but when the stream is running, it's worth the short, moderate scramble to the base of the falls. If there is any sort of wind, the falls get blown around like tissue paper, often totally dispersing in the air - and should the sun be out, the namesake rainbow will most likely make an appearance. I wouldn't really recommend this waterfall be visited by casual waterfall hunters, but the bushwhack to the bottom of the falls isn't nearly as difficult as it appears from the road.
- Rainbow Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
Located between Packwood and Ashford, just off Skate Creek Road. From Packwood, follow Skate Creek Road # 52 for 9 miles and turn right onto FR # 5260. Follow this rough, often overgrown route for about 1 Â¾ miles to the first major stream crossing and park (this will be the second watercourse crossed, however, the first maybe dry in the summer). The falls are located about 300 yards upstream from the road. The climb up the streambed looks much more intimidating than it actually is. The trick is to stay to the left of the creek as much as possible. When the creek is running lower, it may be easier in places to cross and re-cross the stream.