The journey to Rainbow Falls is nothing special – a fairly easy bushwhack from a dirt road through the undergrowth down to the creek. The creek and the waterfall, however, are a different story.
We found our way to the top of the waterfall. The view upstream is idyllic, but since we didn’t have a good view of the waterfall from there, my husband carefully made his way down to the base of the waterfall. If only there were a more comfortable place to sit, I could while away hours at this beautiful spot.
My rating: Worth the Effort (2 stars) (Waterfall – 2 stars, Trail – 2 stars, Experience – 2 stars)
Distance from Beaverton: About two and a half hours southeast
Nearest town: Sweet Home
Nearest city: Eugene (but almost as close to Salem)
Length of round-trip hike: About 0.3 mile
Best season to visit: Unknown. The waterfall definitely loses volume in late summer, which is when we visited.
Things to know: This waterfall is probably on private land. Please be respectful and carry out anything you carry in.
Consider combining this trip with: Lower Soda Falls or High Deck Falls
Toilet / Amenities: None
How to get there:
- From I-5 in Albany, take Highway 20 east for 40 miles to Cascadia State Park, where Lower Soda Falls is located.
- Drive another 0.9 miles on Highway 20.
- Turn right on Swamp Mountain Road.
- After 1.7 miles, park at a dirt road to the right.
- Walk along this road a short distance and head downhill (to the right) to find your way to the creek and waterfall.
- None that I could find.