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The lower falls is an excellent hike if you are looking for a fairly short and easy hike with high reward. Be sure to make your way to the base of the falls!

Loved this hike! Very pretty waterfalls.

Boyfriend, me and our dog did this trail June of 2017. Great trail, and our xl dog loved it. The lava rock was amazing! Taking the “off trail” trails to the bottom of the falls is worth it.

Very nice enjoyable hike. I would consider this easy. perfect for my 2 and 6yr old. they loved it! both walked the entire time. not very crowded.

like this hike is down the rd.. I love it for the incline. if u want to work on ur butt. this is the hike. short and sweet and def to the point

Other than a little rocky patch in the beginning the rest was very easy!
Beautiful!! I have MS and my balance can be off often but just using a walking stick made this trail SUPER easy!

Beautiful hike. If you want to swim at Wasco lake take some water shoes. The ground is very gruesome between your toes. The drive to the trail head nearly requires an all wheel vehicle. But once youre on the trail its worth the journey.

I am just starting to get into hiking by myself and it was the perfect length and such beautiful falls!

We had a very nice hike on a hot day, so hanging out near the waterfalls and river was a good way to stay cool. I see some posts stating that this should be a Moderate hike, and I somewhat agree. Although 5 of us adults had few problems completing the hike, the trail and steps are steep and irregular.

My adult daughter and I took this hike and felt that due to the steepness of part of the trail it should be listed as a moderate level hike. The area is a nice old growth forest with two waterfalls. According to my phone app the hike was about 3.5 miles long with 20 flights of stairs. The waterfalls are worth the hike, but the park needs restrooms in both parking lots and there were a few places where steps needed to be repaired. A map of the park would be nice, but the trail is will marked and the lower parking lot has a map to look at. The lower lot has picnic tables and a restroom. There is no fresh water available in the park. Besides the hike there is nothing to do except picnic and enjoy the old growth trees. Water level was low for mid-July. There were a few places where people were playing in the water and swimming, but this was mostly a shallow creek due to the water level this year. I wouldn’t go out of my way to return here, but the falls are worth the trip.. The park would draw much bigger crowds if Silver Falls Park weren’t so close by. Not being crowed though is a plus for this park. I’d rate it a 3.5 Park because of the waterfalls, old growth forest and not being crowded.

Super fun and easy trail with a great rewarding view! My personal favorite part of this hike was walking through the lava rock and walking up to the Lower Falls. I wouldn't recommend this hike for smaller children only because in the beginning of the trail there are a lot of rocks and a major tripping hazard for the little ones. Beautiful hike all around and one I will definitely be visiting again!

It has easy parts and hard parts. Good for all ages. Not wheelchair accessible. Great hike. Beautiful waterfalls.

A nice short hike. Was perfect for a couple kids who prefer to be indoor cats and on a device. We went on a holiday and as expected it was very busy. We will return and do this again hopefully on less busy weekday.

Easy quick hike when you need a little Mother Nature after a day at work.

Love McDowell Creek. Great simple hike for the family with gorgeous scenery.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike--the lower falls requires a fair amount of scrambling to get close to the falls. We managed it with an adventurous 3 year old, but it was a bit tricky. The variation in landscape throughout the hike is really cool!

short lil hike. good for kiddos. stairs can be slippery in wet season. both falls are pretty..

1 month ago

The waterfall was beautiful!

Great first hike to do!

2 months ago

A nice, short little hike! I went counter-clockwise and found that the trail to the left of the parking area is much less rocky. Heads up - the little bridge before the upper falls is missing a plank. Unfortunately, I didn't get the postcard perfect shot of the falls - I couldn't figure out where the scramble was! I'll have to try another time.

very beautiful

favorite place to go if I have free time haha

This was a great loop for our 4 & 6 year olds. I loved that it was not crowded like other places with numerous falls. The kids enjoyed the falls and the trails.

Great Hike,, Beautiful trail only 2 Miles Round Trip...
126 hwy, and 242 is Going To take You To The Trail..

Such a wonderful little hike with amazing waterfall views. My five year old said "this is the the heart of nature!" I think she's right.

Great loop trail at any time of the year, though some of the wooden steps and walkways can become slippery in wet weather.

This is a wonderful hike! Did it once before about three years ago and I’m amazed at all the upgrades they’ve made. Lots of beautiful views. A little more crowded then it was three years ago, but still a great hike. Family friendly and dog friendly. Will definitely go again in the future.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike! If you have limitations the Royal Terrace trail is extremely steep and there are a lot of steep stairs.
The majestic trail is beautiful!

Kid friendly. Perfect for a family with little kids.

A great hike with some pretty cool views. We only ran into a few people but for the most part it was a peaceful hike. We had three kids with us and and they ran themselves into the ground.

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