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I hike National Creek Falls several times a year, it's absolutely gorgeous. A few times early in the season you can't make it to the falls because of a lot of fallen trees along the road. The trail starts above the falls and you hike down to the base of the falls. When you arrive at the base of the falls step down around the point at the bottom and you can see the rest of the falls which are obscured by a Ledge. You can cross the creek at the base of the falls and play in the water. Four years ago a lady fell and broke her leg so be careful. It is a easy hike.

Great climb up to the top of Thielsen! The route is snow-free and tail is well-defined, basically up to the pinnacle.

For the summit pinnacle, head to the east face (right side) and look for a small gully. From the top of the gully, begin your accent on the far right and stay on that side for the entire scramble, shading slightly back to the south (left).

Not a terrible scramble if you're experienced, maybe class IV... if you don't have experience this one will scare the crap out of you due to its exposure.

Message me if you have questions! Cheers.

(Summit video: https://youtu.be/L9hKVbqGKtY )

A nice climb up to the summit. The snow is almost completely absent from the trail at this point.

Like the previous report mentioned, there are a bunch of mosquitos, so be prepared. We also saw the same tracks in the snow, didn't realize they were mountain lions though.

Video of the summit: https://youtu.be/rdd75xw_Zbg

hiking
2 days ago

loved this hike!! First time on this trail brought my 5 year old and 2 year old. It was nice to be able to put my 2 year old down for majority of the hike. They only big issue I ran in to was where the map states where the trail head is. spent half an hour walking around with my kids before giving up and just going to mill creek. luckily Mill creek has a giant map that showed us where it was at. So if you go there it's about a mile after the bridge heading into town on Mill Creek Rd. Not at the bridge where this map has it marked.

Found the trail hard to locate- but nice enough.

hiking
3 days ago

Tourist trap. Beautiful waterfalls but too crowded

hiking
5 days ago

All those writing about hopping the fence to go see the waterfall should know that a young man did that and apparently fell to his death today. The fences are in place for a reason....stay on the trail and view the falls from the observation area.

It was the perfect weather, the smoke had cleared, and conditions were ideal!
The first part of the hike is pretty easy, up to the point where you intersect with the PCT.
Then the real elevation gain starts and it gets pretty tenuous on the loose rocks.
The climb to the summit is easy climbing, and we did it with minimal trad gear- I placed one piece of pro about 50’ up and there are plenty of places to anchor at the top.
Views are phenomenal, and exposure is significant but not crazy.
Rappelling off needs a 60 plus meter rope to get all the way to the base of the climb.
Super loose scree slope the way we went down which was fun in some places, and treacherous in others. Recommend ankle high boots or ankle gaiters to keep the rocks out.

hiking
6 days ago

Great family hike. If you can climb over some rocks and loose gravel you can go straight to the base of the waterfall.

hiking
6 days ago

Loads of stairs, I’m no fan of the heights. If you have a fear of heights, you might want to stay off this trail. There are several other nearby waterfalls where you are on land the whole time, half of this was on the edge.

My favorite down 138. There's something about these falls that just make me so happy every time I see it. Easy trail. I like to bring a lunch and eat it at the falls.

I love this trail if I'm looking for a quick, easy walk to a pretty falls. Depending on when you go it can either be busy or very quiet. The mosquitos can get bad in the summer near the falls, but overall one of my favorites.

Beautiful and short hike

Good hike. The .6 is pretty much straight up from the parking lot but you can get right under the falls if you want to! Cool place to see! Follow all of our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists

This trail is pretty cool and super short. You also get views of the river most of the way. Unfortunately you have to hope the fence to actually get down to the waterfall. Otherwise cool and easy. Worth your time. Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists

Easy and Fun hike with kids and dogs. Trail follows water most of the time. Beautiful cave/crack in rocks that the kids loved. Easily completed this and Susan Creek Falls before nap time with 2 year old in backpack and 4 year old hiking. Busy during summer and weekends.

Easy hike and wheelchair/stroller accessible. My 4 year old had fun running ahead and reading the info signs along the trail. Rare to have the waterfalls alone during the summer & weekends.


We easily completed this trail and Falls Creek Falls in one day without complaints from the kids.

Easy hike with lots of water features. Went counterclockwise from the trail head. No booklets were left to purchase as of 8/5.
Not too crowded but it could have been because the wildfire smoke was rolling in. Lots of plants, streams and stepping stones. Quite a few bees.

hiking
12 days ago

This trail has ALL OF THE STAIRS! I think the sign at the trailhead said something like 97 up and 120 something down...
I was a little disappointed to find that the trail takes you to an observation deck. To get down to the falls, you have to climb over the metal fence and railing to a steep, rocky path that is not part of a maintained trail. The way down looked doable if you have good balance (I watched a group of 5 do it) but I’m not so sure about getting back up. I didn’t trust myself for the descent or ascent so there was that.
The view from the observation deck is beautiful and there is a bench.
The parking lot has a lot of garbage and toilet paper in the trees and bushes despite there being one vault toilet available for use.

nature trips
12 days ago

Earlier posts and the USFS website are not accurate! The trail is open, clear and in great shape. Not a single tree was across the path. The Blanket Fire did a lot of damage in the area, including right around the springs, but, overall, the area is still beautiful. The area nearest the river escaped much damage, probably due to the moisture, and the rest of the area is a fascinating blend of healthy, blighted and burnt forest. Yellow Monkey Flower and Fire Weed were both in b full bloom along the river and on all the logs in the river. Hummingbirds were everywhere, and a lot of Dippers were in the water. And to top if all off, seeing such a famous and mighty river start almost immediately after coming out of the hillside was both humbling and impactful. The hike is fairly short, fairly easy and well worth the trip to get there.

Pretty easy hike, just has a lot of stairs. I didn’t climb down to the bottom though

Super tough hike. Totally worth it though, I almost made it to the summit but I was by myself with no climbing gear. The worst part was going down the huge decline with a lot of loose rocks and pebbles. I would DEFINITELY recommend going with someone and bringing climbing gear!!

hiking
14 days ago

Fun hike and climb! The last bit was daunting!

Fun hike up and down along the Umpqua River to the finale with Lemolo Falls. I also wish I could have had more time to hike to the bottom of the falls instead of the viewpoint on the side. Still and amazing experience.

It's fun to find the 3rd tallest waterfall and then see the 2nd on hwy 58 (Salt Creek falls). Watson Falls is a short and relatively easy hike with a great end result.

Worth it. 10/10 recommend

15 days ago

The whole trail and especially the waterfall are magical! Definitely worth the climb!!

Nice trail. Liked going counter clockwise. Crossing several small streams covered with wild flowers. Moving water and wildflowers make a wonderful time.
Donated a dollar and kept the wildflower booklet offered at the trail head.

An easy out and back hike. Great falls to cool off under.

Absolutely amazing!

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