Lower Soda Falls

Cascadia State Park is a peaceful campground and picnic area that includes river access, a bit of history, and, of course, a waterfall. We began our adventure by hiking the short River Trail down to the rocky beach of the South Santiam River. There were a handful of families on the shore and swimming in…

Yocum Falls

Our first attempt to find Yocum Falls was in March, over Spring Break, and there was still snow on the ground. We were not successful. In July we returned, and with a clear view of the ground we were able to make our way down to the waterfall. The hike begins at the historic marker…

Moon Falls

Moon Falls is the best of the three waterfalls accessed from Forest Service Road #1790, outside of Cottage Grove. We visited in September of 2015, an especially dry year, so our pictures show the waterfall in its most unimpressive state. This is unfortunate because, when the creek is more than a trickle, Moon Falls appears to be quite impressive. The stream cascades…

Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls State Park is an absolute Must See for waterfall lovers in Oregon. There are 11 named falls in the park, even though the hiking trail is called “Trail of Ten Falls.” We visited in March, when there were innumerable seasonal falls as well, and I included 2 of those on my list for a…

McDowell Creek Falls

Four waterfalls can be found within McDowell Creek Falls County Park. The trail is an easy loop which can be tackled from either direction. I suggest crossing the bridge at Royal Terrace instead of hiking to the top; that way, you’ll approach Majestic Falls from the bottom instead of the top. Either choice will take you to Royal Terrace…

Gorton Creek

A trail beginning in the Wyeth Campground leads to a beautiful creekside hike and two waterfalls. An added bonus is that it is not well-known and thus not crowded like most other trails in the gorge. The trail itself actually ends at the first waterfall, a pretty ten-foot drop named Emerald Falls. After that point, we had to…

Blumenthal Falls

Blumenthal Falls is awesome because it combines two of my favorite things: waterfalls and the beach! It is located at the north end of Short Sand Beach in Oswald West State Park and is about a mile from the parking lot, so it’s a good hike, too. The best part of visiting this waterfall, though, are…

Starvation Creek

In the winter of 1884-1885, two Union Pacific Railroad trains got stuck in heavy snow about fifteen miles west of Hood River. For some days, the passengers were kept from starvation by men who packed supplies from Hood River on skis. The spot became known as Starvation Creek and is now marked by a state park….

Upper Parker and Lower Parker Falls

Upper Parker and Lower Parker Falls are two of Cottage Grove’s eleven waterfalls. The trail is well marked and “moderately steep” for the first half mile. At that point, the trail splits. Lower Parker Falls is found 300 feet further to the right, and Upper Parker Falls is found another quarter mile to the left –…

Trestle Creek Falls

Row River Road (“Row” rhymes with “cow”) east of Cottage Grove leads to eleven waterfalls, one of which is Trestle Creek Falls. The trail ends at the base of this pretty waterfall, and downed trees make a comfy enough seat to rest for a few minutes before heading back. The spot is closely surrounded by…

Sahalie / Koosah

The first summer of our waterfall adventures, we went for an impromptu camping trip near McKenzie Bridge without knowing what (if any) waterfalls were in the area. We visited four waterfalls that weekend, three of which are on waterfallsnorthwest.com’s Top 100 list. Pretty good for not planning ahead! Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls are both on…

Wahclella Falls

We took one of my son’s friends with us to Wahclella Falls, and his reaction as the waterfall came into view was, “Whoa! That is so cool!” It was really cute, and he was right. Wahclella is an impressive waterfall and is ranked #52 out of the Top 100 Waterfalls in the Northwest according to…