We visited Upper Trestle Creek Falls in the late summer of 2015, which had been one of the driest summers on record. The waterfall was just a trickle, but it was still fun to visit. The trail goes behind the upper tier and curves around for a view of the whole waterfall. We scrambled down the hill to the base of the waterfall and played around for a few minutes before moving on.
SUMMARY: My rating: Worth the effort (2 stars)
(Waterfall – 2 stars, Trail – 3 stars, Experience – 2 stars)
Distance from Beaverton: About two and a half hours drive south
Nearest town: Culp Creek
Nearest city: Eugene
Length of round-trip hike: 3.3 miles
Best season to visit: Spring or early summer
Things to know: Upper Trestle Creek Trail is a loop trail that intersects with Brice Creek Trail. You could approach from either side. We approached from the opposite direction as suggested below, but I think starting at the Trestle Creek Trailhead will eliminate some confusion. If, however, you are choosing to hike the entire Brice Creek Trail, you could approach from that side, visit the waterfall, and head back the same direction instead of continuing on the loop.
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. Go past this trailhead to find Trestle Creek trail #1403D. This is the trail you want to follow.
- The trail will climb up to the waterfall in 1.4 miles and then head back down to intersect the Brice Creek Trail in another 1.2 miles. Turn left onto the Brice Creek Trail.
- In about .3 mile, you’ll find Trestle Creek Falls trail #1403C, leading to Trestle Creek Falls.
- The trailhead is reached after an additional .4 mile.