Evergreen Falls is a roadside waterfall outside of Cottage Grove. It’s not a hike, it’s not that big, and it’s a bit overgrown. It can definitely be skipped. Evergreen is also known as Noonday Ridge.
Blue Hole Falls is very close to Evergreen, but we couldn’t find it on our first trip. We were successful on a return trip and enjoyed the short visit. We crossed the creek and walked out on the log at the left of the picture to get up close. Blue Hole would make a great swimming spot – it’s secluded and not well known.
My rating: Evergreen – Low priority (1 star), Blue Hole – Worth the effort (2 stars)
(Evergreen: Waterfall – 1 star, Trail – n/a, Experience – 1 star; Blue Hole: Waterfall – 2 stars, Trail – 2 stars, Experience – 3 stars)
Distance from Beaverton: Almost two and a half hours drive south
Nearest town: Culp Creek
Nearest city: Eugene
Length of round-trip hike: Evergreen – 0 miles, Blue Hole – less than half a mile
Best season to visit: Summer, assuming you’d like to get wet
Consider combining this trip with: Trestle Creek Falls, Upper Trestle Creek Falls, or Smith Falls. Cottage Grove is the “Covered Bridge Capital of the World;” information about tours can be found here.
Toilet / Amenities: None.
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 Brice Creek Road # 22.
- Follow Brice Creek Road for 10.8 miles to the fourth bridge across Brice Creek, which is where the Parker Falls trailhead is located.
- Continue another 1/4 mile up the road to Evergreen Falls on the right. There is a small pullout next to the falls.
- From Evergreen, cross the road and walk 100 feet upstream to find a path on the left (pictured).
- The path switches back and leads to the creek. If you’re not sure if you’re on the path or not, just make your way downstream and downhill about 100 feet.
- Climb over some large rocks and you’ll find views of Blue Hole Falls on your right.