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Go in the winter when water flow is superb!

I wanted to be impressed but honestly it’s not worth the drive. I followed Matt’s directions (listed below my review) not the all trail directions and found the trailhead fairly easily. The logging road does split off a couple times, however ~ just stay to the right and you will find it. The trail was nicely maintained and there were only a few hikers out. The Siletz River has some pretty cascading falls as you drive along the logging road. The trees are beautiful but as I’m an avid hiker and Oregon adventurer, I think there are hundreds of better options for a day trip.

hiking
7 days ago

Phenomenal hike!!! It was warm and sunny in January!!! Lots to see in the first and gorgeous views of the cape and ocean! There some slight up and down. There were some muddy spots but kind of fun to try and get over. At least that’s what my 12 year old step son said. Bring good hiking boots. Great for the family!_

great family hike. can be muddy at times and slippery in some spots. still a great and beautiful hike.

backpacking
7 days ago

easy hike with a wonderful ending!!!

Not a fan of the road getting there, but the falls are amazing and totally worth it all.

Beautiful forestry and an amazing waterfall.

Nice and easy walk. Nice and clean trail with a few falls. It's cool to be able to go behind the last one and just listen.

Great for some easy to moderate wandering. Didn’t see any wildlife or people, a few little mushrooms and picked up some garbage on the unfit settlement loop. The viewpoint was clouded over when I went but it was still a nice little walk.

pretty falls

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked June 15, 2018 for the first time. Trail is muddy and slippery in quite a few spots. The trail surface is very irregular- lots of tree knobs and roots so that you had to watch your feet at all times. It might be an easy hike by elevation gain, but the condition of the trail, and attention needed, definitely makes this trail a moderate. The view is beautiful at Cape Falcon.

hiking
14 days ago

Went and hiked out to the waterfall with my wife on 4 Jan. Trail was muddy is some spots, but nothing severe. The suspension bridge was fun to cross and I enjoyed the lower view of the fall, which is going strong this time of year.

The hike was short and easy, even with the optional North Loop trail. Boots recommended.

hiking
15 days ago

Really short but well worth the trip. The wife and kids, ages 5 & 6, made it through with ease. I actually carried my one year old through the hike.

Beautiful easy hike. The elevation is gradually and comes on at a steady pace. Took my wife and kids. Ages 5 and 6. My one year old went into my Phil and teds carrier and onto my back. Highly recommended.

Needed to stretch our legs and the afternoon hike fit the bill. Great views out and back.

Easy hike that had two beautiful waterfalls on it! The first one pours over a cave like structure. You can walk under the first waterfall but the cave does not that much clearance and tends to be muddy but it’s a fun little cave to go into. The second falls are much larger and you can see that one from a distance on a high ledge where the trail ends. Beautiful. You can climb down off of that ledge to get to the foot of the water but it gets pretty sketchy in winter. Beautiful hike.

hiking
19 days ago

It was a gorgeous winter day with absolutely no wind & the Columbia mirrored the beautiful blue skies! Our faces were very chilly with the sun on our backs, but we got toasty when we faced the sun. This sweet little trail meanders all along the top of the plateau & offers several icy little ponds. The views were outrageous! I’d love to return in the spring to see the wildflowers in bloom.

Not worth so much mud. The trail is in poor shape because it sees heavy use and is naturally muddy. The end viewpoint is nice, but no better than the many nearby roadside pullouts on 101. Not bad, but very, very average.

hiking
21 days ago

Fantastic hike with great views! I would do this hike over and over again

Long rugged road, all wheel drive and ground clearance recommended. Plan on an hour drive from Falls City, it’s relatively easy to find though. From Falls City take Bridge Street and essentially stay on the road from pavement to large gravel road to small single lane logging road. At the road marker “100” turn right and follow till you see the tiny brown road marker with “vog” for Valley if the Giants, it’s about .5 miles from the sign to the trailhead. Phenomenal short hike through pristine native forest. Definitely worth it.

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked in light rain and the trail held nicely. The North Loop was in good shape also. The approach road was easy in a rental sedan: paved all the way and about 16' wide. That said, I wouldn't try to get a camper up here: tight turns, low branches, and very little turnaround space at the trailhead. Loved this hike.

easy 2.6 mile hike. highly recommend it. the waterfall was super pretty and the bridge above it was very neat!

hiking
28 days ago

Really pretty trail, and not too crowded. There was quite a bit of mud but that’s to be expected, and the views at the end are fantastic!

I don’t understand the three star reviews for this hike. It was awesome! Granted, I went in late December when the Falls were raging, and the people were elsewhere. I definitely felt the elevation gain on this one, and was glad for those downhill sections at the end. There was mud, but not terrible considering it’s been pouring rain all week, and it was sprinkling today. Walking behind the Falls was a great experience, and since there was no one else around, we hung out on the bench for awhile. And let’s not forget to discuss the cows. They really are open roaming on the same road where you walk. I highly recommend this hike, and I’m not sure why anyone wouldn’t.

Can be extremely windy but has fantastic views with little effort required.

Beautiful, went in rainy December and the trail was in good shape.

Beautiful little hike even in the rain.

on rowena crest- Beautiful spot with a couple hiking trails nearby. There is no bathroom here. It is a must see gorge stop. I came here to hike Rowena plateau. Lots of information kiosks. Also some picnic areas.
- On the trail I visited here on Saturday 12/8/18, there was light snow on the trail, but no ice. I hiked 2.4 miles and did the loop portion as well. lots of side trails that go off to look at different sides of the plateau. I saw two other people hiking the trail when I was there. Not much elevation gain, but if you bring children keep an eye on them as there are steep drop offs. The two ponds were also all iced over when I went. The other trail at this location is Tom McCall.

didnt get to finish the whole trail, but some very spectacular views! will come back to this one!

Although access to the falls is closed, you can still get close enough for good pictures.

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