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We started at the fish hatchery and walked towards the trailhead and back again. Total of 5 miles. It was amazing!

great place to get away from town. it's a little weird because you cross private land before you get to the actual hiking area. Dont let the odd start fool you, this is a great area to relax and be away from the hustle and bustle of living in the city. This is a wonderful place to bring a dog as well. just please be respect and pick up the poop bags. On my last trip back I hauled in four bags left by others. please don't let the select few ruin these places for everyone

easy trail walk next to cows also

I’ve done this twice now! It is a beautiful one to keep coming back to. Pack bug spray!!

Really enjoyed this hike! There were two or three different waterfalls that were pretty neat. The last mile up to the falls is a little bit of a butt kicker but the waterfall is worth it. You can also continue a mile past the falls and head to Vivian Lake. The shore was a little muddy but it was great for a swim to cool down! The way back is all downhill and fairly shaded. Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists.

It's a very nice place to go, we love it there.

Yes you have to walk up a gravel road to explore the waterfalls but only when the road to the campground is closed - November through May. Otherwise you can drive to the campground & take a short hike to see Shelburg Falls. There are a lot more trails to the south & east of the campground that you can explore. Check out the trail map on the Santiam State Forest website. Many of these trails are multi use & frequented by mountain bikers but we can all enjoy them if we use proper trail etiquette. It’s now possible to connect to Silver Falls trail through the network of trails at Shelburg.

Wow great trail. My family and I walked 2.5 miles to the fish hatchery then turned around and walked back. It was perfect. The river, the views, just a great walk in the woods. Good for kids and dogs.

It was a nice family outing, but most of the hike was walking a gravel road between cow pastures.

Pretty Hike. The trail starts from the parking area and begins with a mile or so of gravel. We turned left when we got to the first sign of a waterfall and went up the stairs to Shellburg falls (upper). We continued on towards the campground. When we got to the campground, we stayed left and continued on the gravel road until we found the path again. The signage is a little lacking, but we had some cell service to keep our GPS map updated. If you are looking for a great place to eat your snacks, we enjoyed the picnic table at the end of the 4 mi. loop before embarking back down the gravel road to the parking lot.

I've been on this hike many times and it takes some exploring to find the hidden gems. There is a narrow unmarked trail just past what looks like a mini Christmas tree farm. It is somewhat overgrown, but if you stay to the right at the first split and continue on you'll skip almost all the road. When you do pop back out you'll see the Santiam State forest sign right across the road. Shellburg Falls trail is just ahead and you miss nothing by taking this side trail. Stassel Falls is harder to find because it is completely unmarked. If you pass the SF trail and walk up the road it turns to the left and climbs the hill. Don't go left, keep walking straight ahead and you will find the trail to Stassel. It's a little dangerous (long way to the bottom) when you get close to the falls be cautious with your kids and pets.

Great hike for kids and also good for elderly although they might have stop a few times before they reach the waterfall. They’re are a lot of great view points and one of the best waterfalls is at the beginning of the hike. Definitely recommend

Pretty easy trail & our 1st of the summer season. There are gradual inclines in most areas or steps when steep. On a lovely early summer July afternoon, we probably only saw 10-12 small groups of hikers, some with kids/dogs, which is awesome compared to Silver creek falls. Didn’t make it to Stassel, folks were trying to find it & it was proving a little difficult for them.

Beautiful hike! We did about 7 miles. I loved that you get to walk behind the fall!

The trail was amazing! It was a little over 5 miles. A group of 5, including two children and 2 dogs. The hike was around 2 hours long, there and back. We took pictures and videos. Super easy and not strenuous at all. We started the hike at around 0800, with only 3 cars parked. Once we were done, the whole parking lot was full and the street had around 8-10 cars. I recommend going early to avoid groups of people. I could only find one waterfall, Shellburg. I could not find Stassel falls. Overall, it was an awesome hiking trip!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike. Took our 4 children, ages 5-15. None of the kids had problems. Starts off on a gravel road through farm land. lots of cows. The waterfall is amazing. We never did find the other waterfall, there are no signs marking the way. The rest of the trail is marked and easy to follow.

walking
1 month ago

A bit busy but very nice

Fairly easy and accessible hike. The falls are a good start to the hike but the rest of the trail loop is just beautiful wilderness single track with occasional two track roads and campgrounds. It is a wonderful area just minutes from Salem. Can be as long or as short as you like, depending on time and personal fitness level. The map on AllTrails is actually accurate and there's just enough signage on the trail to stay on course. What a gem so close to Salem!

Beautiful, rewarding re-introduction to hiking after being away from it for many years. We had a party of 4 and needed to minimize the distance because of recent injuries, so 2 of us were dropped off to start the trail at Wizard Falls Hatchery while the other 2 drove around to Lower Canyon Campground and started from that end. This allowed us to cut the distance in half, while still enjoying the beautiful scenery. The views were absolutely stunning, and we enjoyed the myriads of butterfiles that we encountered along the way. I'm new to the Metolius river area, but am excited to return.

a very nice trail . great view points and I liked that the view points were marked. great family hike for my 5yr and 6yr. trail I feel went up hill numerous times.. you'll feel it..

June 19- wildflowers are in full bloom and an endless stream of butterflies flutter by along the river, no mosquitos or ticks atm. The large population of bats skimming the surface of the water at night makes for quite a spectacle. Ran into the rarely seen Rubber Boa near Wizard Falls fish hatchery on a night hike

The diamond creek loop was fantastic! We took the extra short hike down to the base of Salt Creek- well worth it!
The out and back portion takes you to fall creek falls (and continues on 2 miles that to Vivian Lake, which we did not do). The last approx. 3/4 mile to Fall Creek falls is pretty steep and filled with mosquitoes. While I appreciated the workout, the waterfall itself didn’t make the climb and the 20+ mosquito bites worth it. The view left a lot to be desired. Unless you want the extra workout and brought your bug spray, I’d skip this portion and stick with the loop. The loop trail does not disappoint!

Worth the walk!

Such a beautiful hike away from the main roads. Most of the hike is uphill, but doable for everyone including dogs. The rocks were a bit slippery around the falls, so be careful. You are constantly surrounded by farmlands and heavy wooded areas. Only saw a few other people while hiking. Signs lead you to the Shellburg falls, but not to Stassel. We only went to the Shellburg falls which is only about 4 miles round trip. Well worth it!

Super fun and easy trail the falls are so beautiful just makes you want to sit there all day and stare. Perfect for kids and dogs!

This was a perfect trail for me, my hubby & two kids (age 6 & 13) as a beginner to the season. 5 miles round trip from from the campground to Wizard Falls, filled up on water and had lunch and then hiked back.
The trail follows the river fairly close in the beginning and then goes up above for some spectacular views down onto the little gorge. the trail is clear and well maintained, lots of traffic but everyone was courteous. Only complaint is people not leashing their dogs when others are around. would be easy to knock over a kid into the water in some spots.
Regardless, can't wait to do another segment of this trail or backpack the entire loop. Lots of wildflowers & a beautiful waterfall that comes out of the side of the cliff. Bring your Nikon :) Ive hiked from Wizard Falls to Lower Bridge Campground on the west side before... The Metolius is my most absolute favorite river in Central Oregon and this trail is part of the reason why. Gorgeous water, breathtaking views & wildlife.

One of my favorites because it’s close to Salem and is also good for kids and dogs! Not as crowded as other places so it’s very peaceful!

Easy for all ages & abilities. Gorgeous.. narrow at times though so please leash your dogs.

Beautiful views of the waterfalls. Loved that part. But it was very confusing. There isn’t ONE trail. There are a couple small trails that go off from a gravel road. I think the gravel road may be “part” of the hike, but it’s not really marked. So the actually HIKE was pretty short. Also, trails were not marked well. In fact, the trail to see Stassle Falls wasn’t marked at all.
So, BEAUTIFUL falls! But poorly marked trails, most of which consists of a gravel road.

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