We visited Fall River Falls on a glorious weekend in June. The river is calm and the trail is easy. It’s a peaceful spot, and popular with fishermen.
There’s nothing especially remarkable about this waterfall or the hike. If you’re in the area on a nice day, or if you like to fish, go for a visit. A grassy meadow is conveniently placed at the base of the falls, which would work well for a picnic.
My rating: Worth the Effort (2 stars)
(2 stars each for Waterfall, Trail, and Experience)
Distance from Beaverton: About 4 hours drive southeast
Nearest town: Sun River
Nearest city: Bend
Length of round-trip hike: 0.5 mile
Best season to visit: Any
Things to know: There is a longer trail along this section of the Fall River if you would like a longer hike. Check out alltrails.com for details.
Toilet / Amenities: None
How to get there:
- Take Century Drive south from Sun River. After you cross the Deschutes River, travel approximately 2 more miles and turn left on FS Road 4360 (a gravel road). Follow this to the trailhead and parking area, just before the road crosses the Fall River.
- You can also access the trailhead from LaPine State Park. I can’t find those directions duplicated online, though. We visited the Big Tree within the park (which is not worth a special visit) and looked at the park maps posted there to find our way. The road from the park is a gravel road and not well-maintained, however.