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Location: Colville, Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, Stevens County
Stream: Little Pend Oreille River
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Height: 40ft.
Access:   hike   dog  
Distance: 0.8 miles (RT)
Elevation: 2800 ft. (-200 ft.)
Season: Apr-Jul
Form:   plunge
Lat/Long:48.50379, -117.66105
Directions:In Colville, from Hwy 395 jct, drive east on Hwy 20 for 14.2 miles to an unmarked road/gate on the right. Park beside the gate but do not block it.

Trilbey Falls is a true hidden gem on the Little Pend Oreille River, and difficult to find, but very fun and worth the effort.

There is a trail but it is extremely difficult to find. Start by walking down the logging road from the gate for 0.2 miles. At this point the trail is below you, but it does not seem to connect with the logging road, so you need to get off the road and go down through the brush. It is not difficult. Hopefully, you will connect to the trail, and it will lead you down to the top of the waterfall. If not, then just head down to the creek, but make sure you direct yourself towards the top of the falls, and not end up below the falls.

The waterfall is very hidden, and you cannot see it even when you are right beside it. It is in a narrow gorge between two cliff faces. The only way to see it is to get down to creek level. It is extremely cliffy and steep here, but there is a way. If you go to the top of the falls, there is a route down to the bottom that is not too difficult. Nonetheless, you need to be comfortable with this kind of steep climbing, it is not for everyone. However, my 11 year old daughter made it down easily. We did use a rope for safety, though probably did not need it.

Once down at the bottom, you can finally see the waterfall dropping 40 ft. through a narrow slot in between the cliffs. It is absolutely stunning. This is such a fun little hike to an amazing waterfall.

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