Best Trails near McMinnville, Oregon

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on Waterfalls of Oregon's No...
30 days ago

hiking

Karyn Wells!!!! You made my life so much better!!!! We followed your directions and found the falls! It is so beautiful and secluded! My husband is afraid of heights so there were a few parts that were iffy for him but he did it! I don't necessarily want more people on the trail here but it would be a gem if McMinnville maintained it more!

on Waterfalls of Oregon's No...
1 month ago

The trail now has a no trespassing sign and you need a permit to access very disappointed :/

on Waterfalls of Oregon's No...
1 month ago

hiking

We had a great time! Trails are very narrow/overgrown but still had a great time!

on Waterfalls of Oregon's No...
2 months ago

hiking

I also followed Michael Romesco's directions. If you take the trail to the left, you definitely get a better hike. But if you're looking for quick and relatively easy, go straight to the back of Metsker Park, where you will come to a pond with a pavilion and picnic tables. Catch the trail on the right side of the pond for the shortcut. The last section of trail up to the falls (accessible from either way) is more of a scramble than a hike, as it is steep and quite uneven. There are fallen logs and large rocks to climb over and exposed roots and small rocks that will trip you if you don't watch the trail. The trail itself is quite narrow, and a fall could cause injury. I wouldn't want to try it after a heavy rain. However, we had no trouble getting up, and I found clambering up and over the trail to be quite fun, like an obstacle course! We admired the falls when we arrived, and then I decided to climb higher for a closer view and was rewarded with the surprise discovery that it was a double waterfall, with the first fall being obscured from the trail. We came up the trail through the forest and across a patched bridge (as well as numerous small foot bridges), following Michael's directions, and came down the easy way on the other side of the pond, into the picnic area of the park. We hiked on a beautiful, dry evening in June.

on Waterfalls of Oregon's No...
2 months ago

hiking

Don't use your GPS, read Michael Romasco's comment for direction.

on Waterfalls of Oregon's No...
2 months ago

This was a great hike ending in a beautiful waterfall! Thank you to the man that posted more accurate directions otherwise we may never have found it. If you follow his directions it will take you to the more scenic and slightly more challenging route. We took the recommended route on the way to the falls and even hiked down the rather steep cliff to the base of the falls for some photo ops. On the way back, we continued along the creek instead of crossing it, which was a much easier hike taking you back to the park. All in all, this was a great hike if you're looking for a shorter one with a waterfall that's not too far from the Salem area.

on Waterfalls of Oregon's No...
3 months ago

Never found the trail head. The directions end at a cross roads. I drive an hour and left empty handed.

on Waterfalls of Oregon's No...
3 months ago

hiking

This was such a fun hike! The waterfall was beautiful!

on Waterfalls of Oregon's No...
3 months ago

Excellent! Went on mother's day. The trail was not too hard, but difficult enough to make it fun. The waterfall was huge and amazing! Would do it again.

on Waterfalls of Oregon's No...
3 months ago

hiking

Great trails to an awesome waterfall. Just at the end of baker creek rd. North of McMinnville Oregon. About 70% up hill on the short hike to the falls.

on Waterfalls of Oregon's No...
1 year ago

hiking

I live in McMinnville and just stumbled upon these falls a couple weekends ago. I've mountain biked in the hills for years and occasionally would come upon someone looking for some falls. Sadly i misinformed them that they didn't exist. Anyway, drive to end of Baker Creek Rd to end of pavement. Park your car there. Walk up road 1/8th mile to Charles Metsker Park. Walk around the park gate and up the entrance drive looking for a trail to the left. It comes back to the road further up. Continue on another trail to left further up road that takes you up and around pond. When you get to other side of pond look for trail that goes up the stream / river. This trail takes you to the falls. It is steep with exposure. Total out and back is about 2 miles. [Bikes not suitable or allowed (think fine/ticket) in Metsker Park] Enjoy

on Waterfalls of Oregon's No...
1 year ago

Great, I just purchased this application and find it has a nice waterfall in downtown McMinnville. I am sure the Chamber of Commerce will be able to utilize it for tourism marketing very well. That is, once they locate it. Good thing there are a bunch of great places to get a drink right by this elusive water feature.

on Waterfalls of Oregon's No...
3 years ago

walking

This is weird and incorrect. I live in mcminnville and there is no trail or waterfall here at all. this location is actually the grainery disctric that has a great public market, something like 7 wineries and some great food carts { the best in my opinion is the Indian Cart}

on Waterfalls of Oregon's Northern Coa...
5 years ago

hiking