Rainbow Falls (Linn County)

My son and me at the top of Rainbow Falls

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.

The view upstream from the waterfall

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 husband and the view downstream from the waterfall


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)

County: Linn

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

This is the dirt road where we parked.

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.

Helpful websites:

  • None that I could find.
This is where we left the road and headed down to the creek.

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