Road 21 Falls

Outside of Oakridge, Forest Service Road 21 leads to 5 mediocre waterfalls: Lower Pine Creek, Butcherknife, Boulder Creek, Chuckle Springs, and Youngs Creek. We got our directions for these falls from oregonwaterfalls.net (Thank you Mr. Price!), which lists the first waterfall as Pine Creek Falls. However, waterfallsnorthwest.com shows Lower Pine Creek Falls as the one…

Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls is accessed from the same trail as Salt Creek and Diamond Creek Falls. I’ve chosen to create a separate entry for it, though, since it was a significantly different experience for us. The Vivian Lake Trail, once past the loop trail between Salt Creek and Diamond Creek, is not well maintained or…

Salt Creek & Diamond Creek

Salt Creek Falls is one of Oregon’s better-known waterfalls. It is the 2nd tallest single drop in the state, and it’s easily accessed from the clearly marked and well maintained observation area on Highway 58. It’s worth every bit of its fame. Even on Labor Day weekend after an historically dry summer, the cascade was…

Chitwood Falls

Chitwood Falls drops into the ocean, tucked into the back of Hart’s Cove. The waterfall is not all that spectacular by itself, but the view of the ocean and the beauty of the hike definitely make this trip one worth taking. After hiking a mile and a half through old growth forest, you’ll get a…

Sevenmile Creek Falls

Niagara County Park marks the location of the former town of Niagara, founded in 1890 and lasting for around 45 years. The plan was to build a dam on the North Santiam River, but nature had other ideas, and construction was abandoned in 1912. A short walk from the parking lot leads to the remains…

Paulina Creek Falls

During my research, there were a handful of waterfalls whose pictures made me pause in admiration and think, “One day, I get to go there!” Paulina Creek Falls was one of those, and it did not disappoint. A pair of 80′ waterfalls pour side by side from Paulina Lake to the rocky ground below. There are…

Jack Falls (Columbia County)

Jack Falls can be seen from Highway 30, but for a better view, you can walk a third of a mile on an old overgrown road to the base of the falls. This is definitely the way to go. The waterfall is tall enough to be appreciated despite its small volume, and the stroll through…

Beaver Falls

Beaver Falls was our 100th waterfall. It was beautiful. I’m quite pleased with our choice for this milestone excursion. We had trouble finding the trailhead when we arrived. It turns out that we should have taken the trail marked “Danger, Trail Closed.” (The Outdoor Project’s website is reporting that the last part of the trail washed out in…

Rainbow Falls (Linn County)

The journey to Rainbow Falls is nothing special – a fairly easy bushwhack from a dirt road through the undergrowth down to the creek. The creek and the waterfall, however, are a different story. We found our way to the top of the waterfall. The view upstream is idyllic, but since we didn’t have a good…

Lower Soda Falls

Cascadia State Park is a peaceful campground and picnic area that includes river access, a bit of history, and, of course, a waterfall. We began our adventure by hiking the short River Trail down to the rocky beach of the South Santiam River. There were a handful of families on the shore and swimming in…

Coopey Falls

Coopey Falls is located on the grounds of a convent in the Columbia River Gorge. You can view it from the Angel’s Rest trail, or you can ask permission to visit the convent and see the falls up close. I highly recommend the second option with one hesitation: It would be a tragedy for Coopey…

Bridal Veil Falls

We visited Bridal Veil Falls with some friends and thoroughly enjoyed the excursion. The trail is easy, and the waterfall is beautiful. Bonus activities include playing in the creek and hiking the upper trail which looks out over the Columbia River. The only downside to this trip is that you will most likely be sharing your…