Road 21 Falls

Outside of Oakridge, Forest Service Road 21 leads to 5 mediocre waterfalls: Lower Pine Creek, Butcherknife, Boulder Creek, Chuckle Springs, and Youngs Creek. We got our directions for these falls from oregonwaterfalls.net (Thank you Mr. Price!), which lists the first waterfall as Pine Creek Falls. However, waterfallsnorthwest.com shows Lower Pine Creek Falls as the one…

Chitwood Falls

Chitwood Falls drops into the ocean, tucked into the back of Hart’s Cove. The waterfall is not all that spectacular by itself, but the view of the ocean and the beauty of the hike definitely make this trip one worth taking. After hiking a mile and a half through old growth forest, you’ll get a…

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…

Coopey Falls

Coopey Falls is located on the grounds of a convent in the Columbia River Gorge. You can view it from the Angel’s Rest trail, or you can ask permission to visit the convent and see the falls up close. I highly recommend the second option with one hesitation: It would be a tragedy for Coopey…

Shepperd’s Dell Falls

Shepperd’s Dell is one of the lesser waterfalls off of the Historic Highway in the Columbia River Gorge. The parking is not great; there is no parking lot, just room on the side of the road for a few cars. The waterfall itself is split into multiple tiers, only a few of which are visible. The…

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…

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,…

Spirit Falls

Spirit Falls is one of 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. Even so, it is clear that this a lovely waterfall. The trail is pretty and not difficult,…

Upper Trestle Creek Falls

We visited Upper Trestle Creek Falls in the late summer of 2015, which had been one of the driest summers on record. The waterfall was just a trickle, but it was still fun to visit. The trail goes behind the upper tier and curves around for a view of the whole waterfall. We scrambled down…

Fall River Falls

We visited Fall River Falls on a glorious weekend in June. The river is calm and the trail is easy. It’s a peaceful spot, and popular with fishermen. There’s nothing especially remarkable about this waterfall or the hike. If you’re in the area on a nice day, or if you like to fish, go for…

Munson Creek Falls

I had high expectations for Munson Creek Falls since it is the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range and is located in a state park. However, the park is simply a parking lot with a picnic table, and the trail is only a quarter of a mile long. We did enjoy our time there, but the experience…