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…

Rocky Creek Falls

Rocky Creek spills directly into the ocean just south of Depoe Bay. The viewpoint is accessed via a brief scramble down the opposite side of a small inlet, so there is no hike and barely any adventure. It doesn’t take much time, so if you’re in the area and want a view that most people…

Drift Creek Falls

Drift Creek Falls is a pretty fantastic waterfall to visit. The trail is easy and wanders through a beautiful forest before crossing a suspension bridge with a great view of the waterfall. The trail continues on to the base of the falls, and the creek is accessible for further exploration if desired. A rock slide…

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….

Coffee Creek Falls

Coffee Creek Falls was a surprise. I had not come across any mention of it in my research, but we were driving in Oregon City one day, and lo and behold, there was a waterfall on the side of the road! It is RIGHT off the road, and it’s not very tall, and I couldn’t say…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…