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Clearly a cousin to the falls of Silver Falls with the advantage of stairs down to the pool beneath the falls. The walk through the pastures was lovely!

We had a great time hiking to the falls today. Weather was perfect, parking full but trails light on people until on our way down in the early afternoon. Fun to see so many dogs and their escorts. Only muddy near the water. Falls were full and fabulous!

Pretty and lightly trafficked trail. Great river views and lush, green forest. Would be great for a picnic, as there are many nice river spots along the way. The only downside is that some parts are close to the road, and those tended to have some vehicle trash and toilet paper around them. Still, other parts were beautiful and secluded, and we only saw two other people while we were there, so it was nice to have to trail to ourselves. Trilliums and wildflowers are just beginning to bloom.

To find Stassel falls you can follow Shellburg Road (gravel road) past Lower Shellburg Falls and the trailhead for the Upper Falls. In 4-5 min on your left you will see a trail marker for August Mtn Trail. A short, though muddy, unmarked trail is found soon after on your right toward Stassel Falls.

most of the way is on a fire trail very easy steady climb but the last part of the trail to the upper shellberg falls is short but uneven because of roots and rocks. trail to lower falls is fairly smooth.

Great hike with my pup. Only saw a handful of other hikers and heard less than 10 cars pass by. I started at the middle point where these directions take you. I went left to the campground and back up to rainbow campground, then back to my car and my watch had me at 10 miles. Although I did explore all the side trails and frequently walked to river access. Also I did not see a waterfall. Great hike though!

trail running
29 days ago

Trail was amazing to run! Lots of scenery. Quad crushing hills. Sign is hard to find, FYI.

Was a fun little hike, some snow on the trail still but made for a pretty day!

Beautiful trail minus the fact that the trail is not maintained at all and it's more trekking. Wonderful bridges and open areas that provide great views of the forest!

Such a beautiful winter hike! A little snow on the ground but really easy to get through, no snowshoes necessary. Easy trail to access too. Definitely worth going after a snow

All up hill but it's an excellent hike! You can walk behind the fall and keep going up to the top!! Great little hike!

Beautiful falls and good hike. But it is not an easy hike, as the ratings say. I would say moderate to strenuous.

Absolutely beautiful!!!!!

Easy hike, even with the loop it's a little less than 5 miles. I took my almost 5-year-old twins and they did the hike without breaking a sweat. I would definitely recommend doing the loop. I try to go a few times a month as it is a decent little workout if you walk fast.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a point to point hike along the Clackamas River that connects upstream Riverside Campground to downstream Rainbow Campground. I started and finished at Rainbow Campground trailhead. It is a good easy hike with very little elevation gain and I used it to increase my walking speed. Light snow was on the trail in some areas though not an issue. I imagine with all the spur trails to the river this is a good place for summer swims. Hiked on 02/15/18.

trail running
2 months ago

Fun place for trail running

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail, very narrow in some places. There are two entry points. You can start at the first one one which is about .50 mile from the Ripplebrook guard station, which is also a general store that sells passes to Bagby Hot Springs if you wanna full day. There is a sign indicating the trail, but this point drops you off in the middle of the trail and you can walk up and down both directions. If you want to start at the beginning of the trail, head further down to Riverside camp ground for an easy 3.7 mile trek one-way. As noted it runs close to the road, but traffic was light as was the trail on a cloudy Sunday morning in February.

It was difficult in the way of debris and lack of maintenance. It was a beautiful hike with awesome artifacts to see along the way. If you’re hiking it in the winter/rain I strongly advise to wear water proof shoes and there are areas where your feet will either sink or swim.

Lovely day for a hike. There were a lot of cars at the trailhead, but did not see too many of the occupants on the trails. Would love to have a better map tho. Will try the Santiam National Forest office to see if they have one. The trails that intersect and wander off led us to a stretch of "private property" per a hiker who rents from the owner told us as she, her companion and dogs were coming from the opposite direction. Definitely want to explore some more.

This is a beautiful hike. Beautiful scenery and the waterfalls are amazing. Must see.

We had a fun time adventuring around on this hike! If you focus on the points on the map that say they are Falls and not campgrounds then you actually end up seeing two large Falls: Shellberg and Stassel. We walked to shellberg Falls and then turned around and headed in the direction of Stassel Falls. Be careful to pay attention to the trails because the trail to Stassel is not marked on this app but if you head in the direction that it is marked on this map you should find a fairly easy trail that is slightly overgrown but it leads directly to the falls and they are beautiful. We will be back again.

This was such a beautiful hike. You get to see most of the 10 falls. Highly recommend!

I make it a ritual to visit and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall and trails. A nice little hike for all members of the family. Respect the beauty of the forest and leave no trace.

Great for kids, and very easy to access from Salem.

A gorgeous trail on a gorgeous day! Heads up though! We met the farmer on our way in and he said “in a couple of months there will be calves in the field and if the come up to you the moms might chase you” I asked what do we do if this happens and he said .... “I don’t know”!

Very few people compared to Silver Falls, with beautiful falls and scenery.

I have hiked this trail on 3 separate occasions now, and it is my absolute favorite to date. I wouldn’t start at beaver slide unless you have a 4wd to make it down to the trail head, but you can access the other trail head in any vehicle easily. Either way I fully recommend this trail.

Went a few days ago and it was so green and beautiful!

Awesome trail with beautiful waterfalls. Lots of different trails you can take. You can make it a short or long hike depending on the trail you take. Parking is $5.

5 months ago

Very few people on a beautiful fall Monday morning. Both falls were nice even though there was not much water at this time of year.

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