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Easy hike to the lighthouse.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hike in a rain forest? This is it, sans the creepy, crunchy biting critters that live in the Amazon! The trail is winding, slightly up hill but easy, well kept. The falls at the end of the hike offer a refreshing dip to cool off! Spring time is when falls are most powerful!

Beautiful trail many small waterfalls.

I love this trail! Just beautiful, with lots of variability in things to see. I would say it is an easy trail. There is a pretty water feature and it is a self guided nature trail too for those who want to learn. The drive to the trail is lovely, but I imagine it would be a bit scary if another car came along in the opposite direction. Good parking area. And it is a loop trail, which makes it even better!

hiking
13 days ago

This trail is gorgeous and 4.5 miles RT

hiking
19 days ago

Started from the Cape Perpetua Visitor's Center. It is challenging in that it is a lot of elevation gain over a relatively short distance (got my heart rate up for sure), but I made it to the top by taking it slow. The shady forest and glimpses of ocean are beautiful along the way and the views from the top are worth it. There's a quick, easy walk to the rock shelter from the top parking lot, and a toilet ;).

The best - jaw dropping view.

Really great. We opted to do this trail over Kentucky Falls after reading reviews that the road to that trailhead was rough. We were there first week of September and saw maybe 6-10 people the entire loop, not bad. There are some crawfish living in the gentle streams below, hiding in the rocks. “Swimming” is possible also, but since it’s so cold, we just kept jumping in and getting out immediately. Many different small waterfalls leading to the main waterfall at the end, I would recommend parking at the further parking lot to really experience this area.

This hike kicked my butt in the hot weather. Was worth it though! The drive is a little rough.

What a great trail just outside of Yachats. We used the day use parking at the top. Hiking down to the visitor center then back up. The views of the Oregon coast are amazing.

walking
1 month ago

We love this trail. You can either stay on the path or if you don’t mind getting your feet wet you can work your way up the creek.

Instructions on app took us to middle of no where.

One of the easiest close to the coast hikes!! Beautiful all around.

Deep dark twisty woods leading down to a sweet little waterfall. Probably more impressive during the rainy season on account of the slow flow of water during the summer. This hike is a steep biznatch on the way back up, but it’s totally doable. There’s a picnic bench at the bottom of the hike by the waterfall, so I’d recommend bringing snacks or lunch and just enjoying your time. Or lay on the top of the table and stare into the trees like I did. Your choice. I’ll certainly repeat this hike during the winter.

Absolutely worth the drive! Very remote, it was wonderful to be alone in the woods with 2 stunning waterfalls. Pack a picnic and enjoy on a Boulder below the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

What a fantastic trail! Easy for everyone and so many sights to see from cool bridges and catwalks to waterfalls and swimming holes..... ran out of time stopping so often for fun that we didn’t complete the trail- will have to return again next time we are in town.

One of our favorite hikes close to home. The best time to hit this trail is in the spring when the water falls are flowing. It’s easy to get lost getting to this trail, so we’ve followed the directions in William Sullivan’s Oregon Coast Hiking book and didn’t have any problems. Water levels were pretty low last week but still a fun hike and no bugs.

It's not Moderately difficult. I would say it's easy. The approach driving to the trail head can be breathtaking when the grove of (birch?) trees leaves are all golden yellow.

I packed our one year old in the front pack, and our five, seven, and nine year olds hiked it. It is easy to go down, a little more difficult on the way up, our five year old complained the whole way back up. I would borderline suggest changing the difficulty level to a moderate just because of the uphill. The waterfalls were pretty small this time of year, it wasn’t a spectacular finish to the hike down but pretty. We had lunch at the picnic table at the end. We only passed a handful of people up and down, which made for a private hike which we did enjoy. I used the location set on this app to map the directions to the trail and it took us down some narrow old logging road. We finally were able to turn around and head back up the gravel road to turn on to the correct marked road to the Forest Service trail signs. There is no bathroom or any sort of station here, also we didn’t have any cell service, so plan accordingly.

nature trips
1 month ago

Absolutely serene, gorgeous, and amazing. Great trail, lots to see, songbirds, and amazing water sights and sounds.

Great family hike. Its easy to miss the forest road turn off you need to take.

Trail is a little rough here and there . Hardly any water during late summer months . Be prepared to walk uphill most of the way back from the falls .

I want to hike here. Is this manageable for somebody with arthritis?

2 months ago

This was a great short hike, easy for all

on Sweet Creek Trail

walking
2 months ago

Beautiful!

walking
2 months ago

Fun and easy trail. Great views and access to the beach.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. I would suggest getting there by 10 am to beat the crowds. This time of year it was dried up quite a bit so the waterfàlls don't look as powerful. Next time I will go at the very beginning of Sumner.

Great hike with little kids. Spot on driving directions. Beautiful drive, too!

2 months ago

This place is GORGEOUS! We will definitely be going back. We were warned about the bad roads Google maps wants to take us, so here are the directions we found that were much better. From Eugene, drive 33 miles west on Hwy 126. Between milepost 26 and 27 turn at the Whittaker Creek Rec area sign. After 1.6 miles turn right and cross a bridge. Drive 1.5 miles and fork left onto Dunn Ridge Road and continue 7 miles to a T-shaped junction which marks the end of pavement. Turn left onto Knowles Creek Rd for 2.7 miles and then turn right onto paved Road 23 for another 1.6 miles. Finally turn right onto paved Rd 919 for 2.8 miles to the trail head parking area on your right.

hiking
2 months ago

Went on both trails with my wife and 3 teenagers. 5 stars well worth it. Interesting history also.

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