Trestle Creek Falls Loop is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Culp Creek, OR that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from April until November.
Two falls, lower and upper falls. To visit the upper falls from the trailhead, follow the path to the right as it climbs, steeply at times, up through a series of switchbacks. Moss-covered old-growth Douglas fir and cedar tower above the trail and Trestle Creek canyon. After 1 mile, the trail reaches the base of the 90-foot-high Upper Trestle Creek Falls. The falls drop from an overhanging basalt bluff and into a moss- and fern-lined pool. The trail then passes behind the falls, and back down a meandering trail for another mile to Brice Creek. Turn left and follow the creek upstream. After 0.5 mile, a short trail to the left leads 0.25 mile to Lower Trestle Creek Falls (To reach the parking area, continue straight for 0.25 mile.). This 45-foot-high fan cascades down a moss-covered basalt rock face and into a small shallow pool. This is a photographer's playground, from the old-growth cedar and fir to the moss- and fern-lined creek and falls themselves. The best light is in the early morning or late afternoon.
great longer hike. unpopulated and seemingly isolate. trees were mossy and the logs were loggy. 10/10 would hike again.
Nice trail. Great little hike.
Cons: mosquitos when it's hot, some super steep parts of the hike, and I've never walked through so many spider webs in my life.
Pros: the waterfall, walking behind the waterfall, dipping your feet in the pool, when you hike back you don't run into any spiderwebs because you already knocked them all down on the way up. :)
Overall worth it. The waterfall was beautiful and it was a beautiful hike.
gorgeous great for kids 5 and up, great for dogs
Perfect loop trail. Waterfalls are beautiful with the bonus of walking behind them. Got some exercise and photos of spring flowers! Would definitely do again.
Great hike! Worth the hike ☺️
This is a fun trail, not difficult with a good dense forest pathway at times. The falls at the top is unique, given you can walk right behind the water. Worth the hike.
great parking, loop trail heads start together. path is well maintained. I suggest, start on lower trail head, stop at lower falls, then head up to the upper. very well worth the hike when you come around the corner. Very awesome.
A lot of interesting points along the trail: beautiful creek, big rocky outcrops, pathways forged over fallen trees, a walk behind a waterfall?! Plus rugged enough to make the trail feel adventurous to an amateur like me:)
This is a great hike! All up on your way to the falls but worth it !
Was longer than he 3.6 we were told, cranked out a 5.67 hike. Went in via the Brice Creek trail and followed the signs to the falls. Did it with a dog and pair of 5 year olds and a dog. Looks like there have been some slides, and some parts are fairly gnarly. Worth it, though.
Hiked from Lund Campground to add a little distance (GPS said 5.8 miles total) and spend a bit more time along Brice Creek. Hiking on a cold November morning made this a very intimate journey (I did not meet anyone on the trail for the 3.5 hours I spent).
The two falls were beautiful, especially with a dusting of snow and icicles all around the cliff's edges.
This is the kind of hike I will want to do again at different times of the year as it probably provides a much different experience.
I will also be looking at the whole journey along Brice Creek in spring or summer to get to enjoy some of the many spots along the creek that can be reached from the trail.
It's a beautiful place to see and sit under a waterfall for a bit
You see a lot of different lengths given for this trail, so I'll add a comment clarifying. The loop itself -- from the Champion Creek trailhead to the upper falls, then back along a short segment of the Brice Creek Trail -- is the 3.4 miles listed here. If you do the spur to the lower falls, that adds 0.6 miles total. Then there are of course lots of ways to extend the hike along here, by turning the "wrong" way on the Brice Creek Trail for example, or by exploring a bit of the area around the upper falls.
Also, I'll reiterate that the trail goes behind the waterfall -- there was a dry path through when I was there in October, but I imagine it gets slippery so wear appropriate footwear. Or don't, and just have fun walking behind a waterfall!
Great hike. Falls were perfect in July. Just enough water to make going behind the falls interesting. A bit of a pull to get up the hill, but worth it.