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…

Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls is accessed from the same trail as Salt Creek and Diamond Creek Falls. I’ve chosen to create a separate entry for it, though, since it was a significantly different experience for us. The Vivian Lake Trail, once past the loop trail between Salt Creek and Diamond Creek, is not well maintained or…

Salt Creek & Diamond Creek

Salt Creek Falls is one of Oregon’s better-known waterfalls. It is the 2nd tallest single drop in the state, and it’s easily accessed from the clearly marked and well maintained observation area on Highway 58. It’s worth every bit of its fame. Even on Labor Day weekend after an historically dry summer, the cascade was…

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…

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,…

Wahkeena Falls & Fairy Falls

We visited Wahkeena Falls twice; the first time we went, we hadn’t done our research ahead of time and didn’t realize that Fairy Falls was waiting to be discovered farther up the trail. So of course we returned, and we thoroughly enjoyed both visits. Wahkeena Falls is a tiered waterfall that lives up the meaning of…

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…

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….

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…

Horsetail Falls Loop

The Horsetail Falls Loop begins at the side of the Historic Highway with … you guessed it, Horsetail Falls (#65 of the Top 100 Waterfalls in the Northwest according to waterfallsnorthwest.com). It is possible to wade in the splash pool, but we visited in spring and didn’t want to test the water temperature quite yet….