Rocky Creek Falls

528Rocky Creek spills directly into the ocean just south of Depoe Bay. The viewpoint is accessed via a brief scramble down the opposite side of a small inlet, so there is no hike and barely any adventure. It doesn’t take much time, so if you’re in the area and want a view that most people don’t get, stop and look. Otherwise, this waterfall isn’t worth your time.


My rating: Low priority (1 star)
Waterfall – 1 star, Trail – 1 star, Experience – 1 star

Distance from Beaverton: About two hours and fifteen minutes drive southwest

Nearest town: Depoe Bay

Nearest city: Salem

County: Lincoln

Length of round-trip hike: I estimate 100 feet or less

Best season to visit: Any day it’s not wet or windy

Things to know: The path down to the viewpoint is a bit steep, so while flip-flops are great for the beach, they’re not a good choice for visiting this waterfall. Also, just to clarify, there is no beach at this spot. It’s classic Oregon coast rocks.

Consider combining this trip with: Drift Creek Falls, or go whale watching in Depoe Bay. The spouting horns at Depoe Bay are something you should definitely check out as well.

Toilet / Amenities: None

How to get there:

  • From the bridge over Depoe Bay, travel south on Hwy 101 about 2 miles.
  • Turn right onto Otter Crest Loop. In three tenths of a mile, park on the side of the road before crossing the bridge.
  • Make your way down the slope to the rocky viewpoint.

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