Posted on October 12, 2019 and last updated on October 23, 2019

Austin Gorge, Moscow


  • Preserve Size: N/A
  • Trail Mileage: .25 miles one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: challenging
  • Sights: Austin Gorge and pool

Like many sites in this area, if you have a sturdy, high-clearance vehicle, you can erase what there is of a walk to whatever amazing destination awaits. But the .25-mile stroll down a jeep road through the woods is charming and easy. At the end, the scramble down the bank to the gorge is less charming and easy—in fact, it’s a bit scary because the footing is rather dicey. But if you have the joints to do it, getting up close to the waterfall and the fast streaming water is exciting. Evidently, the water drops 88 feet in just a quarter mile.

Directions: From Route 201, turn onto Route 16. In less than a mile, turn left onto the gravel Dead Water Road. Follow this pretty smooth dirt road for 5.5 miles. You’ll see an unmarked jeep trail on the left and a small area to pullover. Walk down the jeep road .25 miles to the gorge.


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