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This is a wonderful hike!

hiking
5 days ago

My favorite waterfall in Oregon. it's truly magical. The only downfall is the hike being so short.

Pretty busy

Loved it but not as easy as it’s cited. The down can be tricky when wet and the back up is tough going unless you’re in good shape. Wanted to take my mom but there’s no way she could have done it so for that reason I wouldn’t call it an “easy” hike.

hiking
16 days ago

Omg! So utterly beautiful! Worth every step through the muddy trail!

on Fern Falls Trail

hiking
16 days ago

Cold weather made this hike a little icy but otherwise beautiful and quiet. The trail was well marked.

Easy trail. Beautiful falls!!! It started dumping snow on the way out. Roads were still ok, but would suggest a car with 4WD or chains.

Totally over crowded, ransacked and ruined by people who do not follow the golden rule of coexisting nature (leave nothing, take nothing). Water quality is abysmal, super gross. Broken glass, trash, clothes and graffiti cover the place. It's a shame, because pictures from long ago show what a beautiful haven in the forest this once was. Now...ruined. Heartbreaking.


Update 1/3- I returned on a weekday and found it much more of an oasis. The trash during the government shut down is still horrifying, but if you're able to find a quiet time to soak, it's much more enjoyable.

Beautiful hike! One of my favorite hikes to do!

nature trips
1 month ago

Something you dream of!

Visited Salt Creek Falls yesterday 12/10/18. The gate to drive up to the falls is closed, so you have to park in a smaller lot to the left and walk about a half mile to the larger parking lot. There’s a viewpoint just off the lot where you can see the falls, or you can walk down the trail to get closer to the bottom. There was only a few inches of snow so the trail is still pretty easy to get down in just snow/hiking boots. The end of the trail has been ruined by a rockslide, so you’ll know when to stop and turn around.

The Diamond Falls loop has a bit more snow (up to a foot in some places) and less foot traffic. We were able to complete the 3 mile loop without snowshoes, but you’ll probably need them if there’s any more snow. My only regret is that we didn’t walk all the way to the bottom of Diamond Falls. There’s a sign for “Lower Diamond Falls” - we followed the sign and walked off the main trail, but stopped at the bridge over the creek because it was broken and we didn’t know if it was worth it to cross over. After we turned around and made it to the upper Diamond Falls viewpoint we wished we would have seen the view from the bottom!

All in all it was a great trip! Both falls were beautiful, but Salt Creek Falls alone was worth the 3 hour drive from Portland to see.

Brought tire chains in Dec this time, but never used them. Still some snow on the road. we hiked with four year olds and a dog and it was great. it is an easy trail to the falls, but difficult to climb up to the falls, which is optional. Definitely recommended. Paired with spirit falls was a 5-6 hour round trip from eugene for us.

I love this trail with little ones! the trailhead is unmarked and hard to find. It is like 0.5 mile from the bathroom intersection, stay to the right at the intersection. parking is right off the road and the trailhead is just to the right of a big tree. waterfall was flowing in Dec and the trail is wet and muddy. Definitely recommended! From Eugene, plan 5-6 hours to do both moon and spirit falls with climbing around time.

Beautiful, peaceful

Loved the rock formation you have to walk through at the start of the hike, and then after that you just feel completely secluded in the forest. At the end of the trail it also then opens up to these beautiful falls. One of my favorites I’ve ever been on.

easy hike with amazing veiws summer or winter.

This one is worth the short up hill hike!! Stay on the uphill path as you follow the trail and you will be rewarded for your venture!! Trail head is behind the bathroom just past the bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this short lovely hike today with my dog and 2 year old. My 2 year old needed help in spots because it was steep and muddy therefore slippery in spots but enjoyable still. He loved splashing in the water by the falls.

walking
2 months ago

Easy hike with some beautiful views

i have been going here for decades and i am so disappointed its packed people parked along the road tubs nasty and packed thank you social media... i most likely only be going in the dead of winter now

We headed out early today to hike the “Trifecta!”
And we were not disappointed!!
We read a lot of the reviews for all of the Falls!
Very EASY to get to if you use Google Directions!
We also left the navigation on. All trails are one after the other! And there is a sign that states the mileage to Moon and Pinard after Spirit...Granted there is not a “distinctive sign” for Spirit Falls but if you track to mileage the trail sign is easy to spot! We hiked Spirit Falls first. Then drove to Moon Falls (big sign when you arrive) and the drove up to Pinard! (Good signage for this trail too) Falls were beautiful!!
Doing all three trails was a nice workout and peaceful hike! This is the perfect time of year to hike these trails when it’s dry!
We headed back home going towards Cottage Grove instead of taking the 5847 back to Hwy 58. Much nicer route home as we live in Eugene.
Awesome day!

2 months ago

Completed 9-8-18

2 months ago

Completed 9-9-18

Completed 9-9-18

This trail was recommended to us by the park ranger. Unlike a lot of the trails, it goes down to the lake where you can take a dip. We didn’t as it was too cold but it looks refreshing for warmer days. It was a nice short hike but somewhat of a challenge going back up. Doable for all!

I loved this trail! It was pretty easy hike and the waterfall at the end was spectacular! We had the trail to ourselves.

Beautiful trail. Good for walking or running in most parts. We went on to Vivian lake which was farther than we anticipated and not well marked. All in all great day 8.5 miles total.

on Toketee Falls

2 months ago

Watch out for dog poop on the trail! It was kind of a bummer to have to be more aware of piles of poo than actually enjoying the scenery around. Overall, it's a beautiful tiny hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Highly trafficked place, many varieties of people... I went twice at night and once in the day. Seeing it in the light was so disgusting that I will never go back (and I am not a germaphobe). It is a beautiful place but it is ruined by the amount of people that flock to it. Road to hot springs is very pot holy, high clearance vehicle recommended but not needed.

hiking
3 months ago

My favourite waterfall although hike is short and usually very crowded.

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