Hike and Explore the multiple waterfalls along the Sweet Creek Trail.

Make sure you add this hidden gem to your waterfall chasing plans on your road trip to Oregon. This underrated Oregon waterfall is the perfect hike for the entire family. The trail offers four different falls from 10-30 feet high. The trail slowly climbs 2.2 miles through a beautiful thick forest, following sweet creek. The multiple falls cascade into amazing clear pools deep enough to swim in. There are plenty of opportunities for photos from many different angles and unique features along the trail. There is a very cool wooden cat walk bridge that runs along a canyon wall and an old moss covered stairway leading to the falls. 

From Mapleton, Oregon turn off hwy 126 and take Sweet Creek Rd for 10 miles. You will see the first parking area on the right for the Sweet Creek trailhead. The first parking area is small and can become crowded in the summer months, but has the only restroom. If this parking lot is full you can drive another half mile down the road and find another parking area. Obviously you will miss some of the trail and waterfalls the further down the road you park. The best waterfalls are near the end of the trail, so if you don't want to hike the entire trail you can cut down on some hiking distance and elevation. The trail is dog friendly and free of charge.

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes 
  • Camera
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RT Distance 2.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 100 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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Picture perfect

An easy hike with fairytale views

Middle Earth

It's impossible to describe how otherworldly this trail and waterfall is in the middle of winter. Everything feels like Fanghorn Forest right out of Middle Earth.

Lovely Short Venture Hike

2 mike either way, very nice waterfalls along the way!


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