Row River Road (“Row” rhymes with “cow”) east of Cottage Grove leads to eleven waterfalls, one of which is Trestle Creek Falls. The trail ends at the base of this pretty waterfall, and downed trees make a comfy enough seat to rest for a few minutes before heading back. The spot is closely surrounded by forest, making it feel cozy and secluded, even though you’re likely to pass other hikers along the way.
SUMMARY: My rating: Worth the effort (2 stars)
(Waterfall – 2 stars, Trail – 3 stars, Experience – 3 stars)
Distance from Beaverton: About two and a half hours drive south
Nearest town: Culp Creek
Nearest city: Eugene
Length of round-trip hike: 1.2 miles
Best season to visit: Spring or early summer
Things to know:
- Trestle Creek Trail intersects with Brice Creek Trail. You could combine the two into one long hike if you wish.
- Also be aware that this waterfall is on Trestle Creek Trail 1403C. Trestle Creek Trail 1403D leads to Upper Trestle Creek Falls, and could of course be combined with either one or both of the aforementioned falls if you desire.
- As of the spring of 2016, there were a couple of landslides on the trail. They did not, however, stop photographer Max Radke from taking the beautiful picture shared on this post. He detailed the trail condition on this blog post. I suggest checking the condition of the trail before making the drive.
Toilet / Amenities: Vault toilet at the Champion Creek Trailhead
How to get there:
- Exit Interstate 5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174) and drive east on Row River Road for approximately 19.5 miles to signed Brice Creek Road # 22.
- Follow Brice Creek Road for 8.3 miles to the third bridge across Brice Creek (just after Champion Creek Road branches to the right) and park near the bathrooms.
- Cross the bridge and find Brice Creek trail #1403, and follow it downstream.
- Just after crossing Trestle Creek, take signed Trestle Creek Falls trail #1403C up Trestle Creek to the base of the falls.