I had high expectations for Munson Creek Falls since it is the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range and is located in a state park. However, the park is simply a parking lot with a picnic table, and the trail is only a quarter of a mile long. We did enjoy our time there, but the experience definitely didn’t meet my expectations.
I’ve since learned the park is technically called “Munson Creek Falls State Natural Site” and is an important salmon spawning ground. So if you visit, be sure to look for salmon in the creek and not just for the waterfall. The best time to see the salmon is late fall-winter.
My rating: Worth the effort (2 stars)
(Waterfall – 2 stars, Trail – 2 stars, Experience – 2 stars)
Distance from Beaverton: About an hour and 30 minutes drive west
Nearest town: Tillamook
Nearest city: Portland
Length of round-trip hike: Half a mile
Best season to visit: Late fall – winter
Consider combining this trip with: A stop for ice cream and squeaky cheese at the Tillamook Cheese Factory is a must! Larson Creek Falls and Upper Clarence Creek Falls are the closest waterfalls.
Toilet / Amenities: A picnic table.
How to get there:
- Munson Creek Falls is just south of Tillamook. From Highway 101, turn east onto Munson Creek Road. You will arrive at the park in about a mile and a half.