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I love this trail if I'm looking for a quick, easy walk to a pretty falls. Depending on when you go it can either be busy or very quiet. The mosquitos can get bad in the summer near the falls, but overall one of my favorites.

Easy hike and wheelchair/stroller accessible. My 4 year old had fun running ahead and reading the info signs along the trail. Rare to have the waterfalls alone during the summer & weekends.

We easily completed this trail and Falls Creek Falls in one day without complaints from the kids.

Love this gorgeous place. We hiked to the beach with the pup. Broad expanses, sand formations, shadows from the drifting fog. Followed the trail markers on the way out, on the way back took the high dunes. Peaceful adventuring in an amazing location. Will be back.

Just beautiful! Loved this trail. Rating seems right, it’s easy! Highly recommend it

Was t able to reach the trail due to fire concerns and logging trucks on a one vehicle road.

Easy hike. Beautiful drive if you are entertaining an out of town family.

24 days ago

Beautiful views. Views from the top are stunning.

I would not recommend turning on Rock Creek. Go into Powers and GPS will reroute you. About 10 minutes past Rock Creek on 42.

27 days ago

My first trip to visit family in Oregon I was able to come see the falls. From Kentucky we hike all the time and this was a nice hike for our kids. Water was cold but that didn't stop them from getting in. Hope to visit again one day.

Sooooo pretty! Even ground, well maintained path.

1 month ago

Beautiful easy trail, very well maintained, included several educational signs about some of the plant life, easy access, I would recommend.

Lots of sand. Best in morning.

wonderful well maintained, gentle trail leading to the falls. We will be coming back here in the summer!

Beautiful walk, clean trail, and stunning waterfall at the end!

It was a pretty walk but couldn't walk around the lake because of flooding which was a bummer.

Loved the views. Marker on trail in disrepair. Notice should be posted when trail to ocean flooded.

Perfect hike for young kids. my 3 year old grandson walked it and had fun.

Sooo pretty!! Easy hike, fun, well maintained.. a must!!

This is a well maintained and beautiful trail. The path is wide and there are placards identifying plant life along the trail. It’s an easy hike (myself age 44, my husband age 46, and my parents in their 70’s) easily walked the trail without getting out of breath. There’s an outhouse and a trash can at the trailhead and the parking lot has space for at least 7 cars. We didn’t see anyone on the trail until we headed back towards the car. The waterfall is beautiful. I highly recommend this hike.

4 months ago

Hiked this with my mom on Mother’s Day. Great for kids and old people. Very pretty wild flowers along the way. It was great seeing families out as well. Got lucky and got a parking spot as someone was leaving.

5 months ago

One of my favorite hikes!

This trail is a great coastal trail because it goes thru several different environments (forest, dunes, beach). It is well marked, but very wet towards the last wooded area before the beach. Many puddles were 4-6 inches deep and unavoidable.

I hiked the trail on a moody February day after a light snowfall over the dunes; that made for a very interesting, if unusual, experience.
There are four distinct sections on that trail. The first section (about .4 miles) starts from the parking lot and meanders through a forested area before reaching the dunes. It is part of an "Interpretive loop" that circles around the Eel Creek campground.

The second section (1.5 miles) is the crossing of the dunes. No "trail" to speak of here and a little loitering around is a good way to experience the diversity of the dunescape (climb the top of large ones, go around pools of water, circle "witches eyes, etc.). Wooden poles are placed at more stable spots (small hills anchored by grass) to give the general direction toward beach access. Take time to locate them as they may be far apart in some spots.

The third section (.5 miles) is the crossing of the band of trees and brushes that separate the sand dunes from the beach. It is not easy to find the "entrance" to the path; use GPS, keep an eye for the wooden poles with the blue band, walk a bit north or south from where the entrance "should be". On the february day of my hike, several parts of the path were under water (up to a foot) and I had no choice but to wade through these pools. The second half of the crossing was better as a planks pathway provided an elevated route through the marshy area.

The fourth and last section is the beach which I decided to follow south all the way to the Tenmile Creek estuary (2 miles / 4 round trip). As always on a beach walk, be aware of tides and rogue waves.

This is a truly great trail; you can tailor it to your stamina and time allowance to make it the best experience for you.

Nothing like relaxing in the middle of so much beauty only nature can give!

depending on time of year, much of trail is flooded.

Pretty spot and we hiked up to the top of the falls too!

7 months ago

Perfect 30 minute walk! Very easy for children. (3 & 9) beautiful falls, foot bridge, mossy trees. Loved every minute!

Very easy hike. Wished it was longer. Beautiful falls. Spent a long time at the bench next to the falls just enjoying the scene.

Easy hike with little signs that educate you about the plant life nAtive in the area. Loved the picnic table that is right by the river just down from waterfall. There is also a cute little bridge to and rocks to climb for a better view.

Gorgeous views!!! Easy hike. Bring water, phone or camera. And maybe a blanket to spread out if you want to hang out just to just soak it all in (highly recommended)

9 months ago

a fantastic trail that allows many paths through the dunes. The views are amazing!

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