Paulina Creek Falls

During my research, there were a handful of waterfalls whose pictures made me pause in admiration and think, “One day, I get to go there!” Paulina Creek Falls was one of those, and it did not disappoint. A pair of 80′ waterfalls pour side by side from Paulina Lake to the rocky ground below. There are…

Jack Falls (Columbia County)

Jack Falls can be seen from Highway 30, but for a better view, you can walk a third of a mile on an old overgrown road to the base of the falls. This is definitely the way to go. The waterfall is tall enough to be appreciated despite its small volume, and the stroll through…

Beaver Falls

Beaver Falls was our 100th waterfall. It was beautiful. I’m quite pleased with our choice for this milestone excursion. We had trouble finding the trailhead when we arrived. It turns out that we should have taken the trail marked “Danger, Trail Closed.” (The Outdoor Project’s website is reporting that the last part of the trail washed out in…

Devil Canyon Falls

Our directions to Devil Canyon Falls said, “The road is usually navigable by automobiles during the summertime.” Mysterious statement, right? Here’s what it should have said: “Even in July, you’ll most likely encounter puddles the width of the road and several car lengths’ long.” And who knows how deep! To get to the viewpoint for…

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…

Gunaldo Falls & Cosper Creek Falls

Gunaldo Falls is a bushwhack, but a fairly easy one. There is a sense of adventure in finding off-trail waterfalls, trudging through seemingly untouched nature, hoping that you are heading in the right direction. The area around Gunaldo Falls, however, is unfortunately not untouched. There is plenty of trash, broken glass, and even an abandoned…

Shotgun Falls

In February 2016, we visited the Molalla River Recreation Area, which offers a scenic drive along the Molalla River as well as opportunities for camping, boating, swimming, and of course, waterfalls. Lower Shotgun Falls is only about 300 feet off the road. The “trail” hugs the creek and crosses right in front of this 15-foot drop….

Fishhawk Falls & Barth Falls

There are three waterfalls off of Highway 202 between Jewell and Astoria. The first, Little Fishhawk Falls, is viewed from the northern parking lot of the Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. The wildlife area provides food and habitat for wintering Roosevelt elk and other native wildlife species. The animals are the reason to visit this spot,…

Smith Falls

Smith Falls is a roadside waterfall outside of Cottage Grove. It is quite picturesque, even when we visited in September after a very dry summer. It is not, however, much of an adventure. There is no creek access or even a safe place to park for very long. The adventure lies solely in navigating the…

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…

Kilchis Falls & Lester Creek Falls

Kilchis Falls and Lester Creek Falls are both accessed from Jones Creek Road off of Highway 6, near the Diamond Mill OHV Staging Area. Kilchis Falls is 8 or 9 miles off of the highway, and wow, what a beautiful, harrowing drive! You’ll pass steep drop-offs that provide amazing views across the mountains. If you’ve got a…

University Falls & Fern Rock Falls

There are at least eight waterfalls accessible from Highway 6. University Falls was the first of this set for my family to visit. We visited in early December, hoping to get some good family pictures for a Christmas card. University Falls is a scenic spot, but there is really only one angle from which to take…