Hike to Spirit, Moon, and Pinard Falls
Oregon › Spirit Falls TH, Umpqua National Forest
Added by Melanie Ahrens
Three small beautiful Oregon waterfalls nestled in an old growth forest, all within 5 miles of each other.
Spirit Falls is the first stop on this adventure. From the parking pull-out walk a short distance of 0.4 miles to the 40 foot fan falls. Don't let the small size deter you, this is a pretty little falls, with a lovely stroll through an old growth forest and beautiful little trilliums. There is a picnic table near the base of the falls and nice little creek. This trail gets super muddy from the rain. When you're ready, head back to the car.
From here drive 0.1 mile, turn left on road 1702 and drive 2.7 miles. Follow the signs to Moon Falls. The trail starts as an old gravel road. Travel 0.5 miles to the base of this 80 foot fan falls. The pictures I've posted do not do this falls justice. It was raining so hard all I could use was my cell. It really is a beauty! This falls also has a picnic table surrounded by huge cedar trees. When you're finished here take the trail back. The third falls is Pinard Falls. You'll need to drive back down to the fork in the road and veer right this time. Trail directions are posted clearly.
The path to Pinard Falls is 0.5 miles that starts easy on a gravel road but descends down a steep path. Use caution! I did not make it to this 60 ft horsetail falls due to a very muddy road and torrential downpour. If it's springtime and raining I would recommend all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive. Enjoy your day in the forest! As a side note; If you are feeling adventurous, like a forest drive, and want to see a huge waterfall, on the return route follow the signs to Highway 58. Follow this gravel road for 10 miles. At highway 58 turn right. Follow the road until you see signs to Salt Creek Falls (Oregon's 2nd highest). It's only an extra hour drive and so worth it!
- Umbrella or hat - it is Oregon after all
- Rain jacket
- Hammock for chillin' (moon falls has the perfect spot)
- Hiking boots
- Picnic lunch
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