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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.

just went yesterday with 5 grandkids and it was great. ranging in age from 7 to 14 years old. We started from fern ridge road, up the gravel road by the cows to the trail head. took a break there at a picnic table and started up the trail. kids loved the falls and the stairs. Ended up at the campground for lunch. Left Salem at 8.30 and were back home by 1.30. just a great day!

Very peaceful hike. We started at the fish hatchery and hiked about 3 miles down river , crossed over a bridge and hiked another 3 miles on the other side of the river. Beautiful scenery but there is no waterfall on this hike. We saw a trickle of water coming out of the side of the river but not what we would a waterfall. Still a pretty hike though.

It was lush and beautiful. Watch out your step though. Some spots are dangerous for unexperienced hikers. We lost the trail after 4 miles due to fallen trees and other things blocking the way. It’s easy to lose the trail if you do t know where you are going.

Maybe this is a good hike for inner-city folks looking to take in some “nature”. Not so much a hike as a short nature walk.

Not my cup of tea - the entry “trail” is a gravel road through private property, followed by short trails to a couple little falls. One of the falls is right on the road, which is good for access, I suppose. We walked to two more falls that were kind of neat, but wouldn’t go back.

In all fairness, we “hiked” this early summer, and the falls are probably considerably more voluminous and spectacular mid-winter, but be prepared for mud of hiking to the other two falls.

simply lovely! just because it's a short hike, doesn't mean it's not worth it.

9/26/18
Salt Creek Falls is definitely worth a stop, especially if you take the trail down to view it from below the rim. We found Lower Diamond Falls, which was nice, but it left us wondering where the upper falls might be. Along the trail were some viewpoints which were great for fall foliage but also overlook the road so there can be traffic noise and such. Overall I think it’s worth a stop for Salt Creek but I don’t think I’d hike to Diamond Falls again.

awesome. we snowshoed, saw cougar prints

Shellburg Falls has barely any water as of 9/8/18. You start out walking at least a mile or so on a gravel road that wasn’t impressive at all but you pass cows. But the area is still pretty and it was nice to walk behind the fall. Went on to find Stassel falls which isn’t marked at all and we found it by just following a kind of overgrown trail. It’s a pretty waterfall as well but you can’t see it like I thought. Overall an easy trail with decent falls. Probably better in winter/spring.

Great hike! i’ve stopped at Salt Creek Falls many times, but didn’t know about the bridge or this trail. I need to go back, there is more to be seen.

Only downside: there were some wooden bridges that weren’t in real solid shape. I’d be happy to go back up and spend some time building new ones!

My location was not working, so the recording function did not work. I got lost by taking an easily missed path. I went off trail for a mile or so, and lost a lot of time. When I got back in the trail, I tried to find Falls Creek Fall but I couldn’t find it and it was getting late and the mosquitos were getting to me. I ended up just doing the Diamond Creek Falls loop which was lovely.
Would like to do the trail again all the way to Vivian Lake.

Beautiful day. The trail is a bit overgrown in spots.

Beautiful gentle hike along Fall Creek with some great swimming holes along the way

Just a heads up. There have been vehicle break-ins at the trail head lately. DO NOT leave anything of value in your car.

Did this hike today and it was awesome. Worth the drive from Bend. We went on past Fall Creek Falls up to Vivian Lake. We were early enough that we had the whole Lake to ourself, found the sand bar that lets you walk to the middle of the lake and took a swim. In the end it was 9.4 miles total. Definitely a must see.

lots of interconnecting tails can make this a good day hike. I'm fond of the cows on the way in.

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!

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