• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    490 Feet

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Waterfall

Length: 3.5 miles (if you add the North Loop). Hike Type: Out and back. Elevation gain: 490 feet. Oldest covered bridge in Oregon. 240 ft Suspension bridge. Drift Creek Falls.

This hike down to Drift Creek Falls is more of an easy stroll. But before you reach the trail head, if coming from the north, make sure to stop at Oregon's oldest covered bridge off Bear Creek Rd.

The trail head to Drift Creek Falls will be farther south on Bear Creek Rd where you will branch off onto NF-17 for 10 miles and the trail head parking lot will be on your left.

The hike starts with long, easily manageable switchbacks down a ridge toward the east. There is a spot where the trail forks and you can explore the "North Loop" which takes you through about half a mile of old growth forest and reconnects you with the main trail. It does, however, provide some uphill climbing on the loop, which is probably the hardest part of the whole hike. You'll continue down the main trail and cross over a small stream a couple times thanks to small wooden foot bridges. The creek you've been following suddenly plunges 75 feet into the Drift Creek Canyon. View the falls from above on the 260ft suspension bridge, or continue down the path to the bottom of the falls where you'll find a cool picnic table carved from a large fallen tree. Beware, there is a tree that has fallen over the path and is awkward to get around to reach the base of the falls.

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I went here on a rainy day and it was still absolutely stunning. You cross an intriguing bridge that towers over the waterfall (that will take you down to the waterfall), giving you an amazing view of the area. Definitely a must visit if you're heading towards the coast.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This has been one of my favorite hikes. The reward is heavy for making it to the bottom of the trail. There you will have the choice to walk across a suspension bridge (it is very sturdy and has high fencing) where you'll have a spectacular birds eye view of a waterfall crashing into drift creek. There are two trails (loop) that you will find splits. The trail leading up (I believe the north trail) is slightly tougher as its not all even trail and consists of a decent elevation gain. It will eventually tie back into the main trail at the bottom and link up towards the falls. I highly recommend this trail if you're in the area. There is a day use fee for the parking lot ($5)

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

The trail was beautiful and well maintained, but it was definitely muddy (seeing as we went in February), so be sure to bring some good shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. It was easy to locate the trail head and seemed well-marked. Took about 2.5 hours from Hillsboro, OR, and an easy 45-ish minutes from there to Lincoln City for a nice post-hike meal.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

This hike is a must-do during the rainy season. The Oregon clouds and fog with incredibly high-water output from the falls make for a majestic scene - one that I did not expect. Also, the suspension bridge is awesome! Getting here is slightly tedious, but the slow-going windy forest road is quite charming, and definitely worth it. Just be sure to drive carefully and cautiously. Relax and take in the view.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Tara Warolin

I am a Washington native. I have lived in Washington, California, Iowa, New York and New Zealand. As you can tell I love the outdoors, but I also love movie bloopers, minimalist living, any sort of crafting and cats. I'm an introvert to the core so I like to hike alone.

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