Explore the most popular trails in Drift Creek Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

I loved this hike, even though the climb out was pretty brutal for me. A couple notes: The trailhead is not where All Trails nav places it - instead, continue to the end of the road, there is a a parking area and the start of the trail is marked by spray painted rocks. Also, our group was carrying four GPS units, afterward our track logs agreed that the RT distance was around 9.3 miles, rather than the 6.9 listed on All Trails. As others have noted, access to the water from the main campsite is sub-optimal. Instead, take the overgrown trail left (east?) from the main campsite for a short distance, there is a second campsite and a much better place to enjoy the creek. The area itself is beautiful, and the creek was teeming with crawdads and small fish, which provided amusement for the kids and dog.

27 days ago

Awesome hike though gorgeous old growth forest. It was a little confusing once reaching the bottom. There is a large clearing with a several campsites but lacking easy access to the water. The trail degrades significantly after this but keep going until you reach the 2nd campsite for the best views and access to the water.

Good Traction needed. Not only on the trail(muddy) but on the road up to the trailhead. 4 wheel drive would help, but I made it up in a minivan. The first 3/4 of a mile is a boring partial gravel path until you get to Drift Creek Wilderness. Then it's a single track decent through beautiful old growth. The creek is very pretty with an area for a fire. The climb back up will get your heartrate up

hiking
3 months ago

Not much recent traffic on the trail, and it was quiet and cool. Overall the trail is in good shape. Like everyone else says, the hike in is an easy stroll downhill to a nice camp site overlooking the river. The hike back out is a good workout.

Got a late start today but still had the trail to myself. Did not see another soul. The trail was in great shape save for a couple muddy spots that were slippery and the downed tree mentioned in the previous review. Got down to the creek in short time, thanks to gravity. Once there I took some photos, made some ramen noodles and had them with a sandwich and candy bar. I sat for an hour and just listened to the water in the creek rush by. I liked this trail much better than it's counterpart on the other side of the creek. It looked like the fire pit was recently used, no doubt over Memorial Day, and I picked up quite a bit of trash left behind by the previous users. I did not, however, clean up someone's trailside poopy. Yes, someone used the side of the trail for a big old #2, and just left it with the TP on the side of the trail. Disgusting!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this trail Labor Day weekend and there was not a lot of traffic on it at all. The foliage was grown up in several places that you could barely see the trail. It’s a a nice workout hiking back up and out.

on Horse Creek Trail

11 months ago

Trail is overgrown at the beginning. Bring long pants or a machete. Other than that nice hike.

backpacking
11 months ago

Great trail and nice campsite approximately 0.25 mile up river from trail ending. The climb out is killer. 1200 feet in 2 miles. Good hike to get ready for the season.

hiking
11 months ago

Oregons oldest old growth, you will see things here that you haven't before unless you have been to a temperate rain forest.

hiking
Thursday, June 14, 2018

An enjoyable trail. Thought it was a pretty hike through the forest & would do it again. Had it all to ourselves for a midweek hike.

hiking
Monday, June 04, 2018

Seems like a lot of work for the trail itself. The road getting there has a good amount of potholes and can be bad if your not careful. The trail itself is ok at best. Uphill on the entire return. Ok trail overall but I feel I won't return.

hiking
Friday, May 25, 2018

Trail signage is minimal, and is currently a spray-painted message on a rock. The stroll through the woods is definitely a nice one, with old growth and new growth combined and lots of foliage. The trail bed is covered in moss in some places. The descent to the creek is moderate, definitely spent some time in the front of the boots. Upon reaching the creek, it was mid-afternoon, I had a bite to eat and took some photos. Saw 2-3 crawfish hanging out in the creek. A beautiful spot if someone wanted to spend a night or two. The hike back up was strenuous, as expected, with the majority of your elevation gained in about 1.5 miles. Lightly trafficked is an understatement as I never saw or heard another person during my whole trip. Overall, a nice trail but I probably wouldn't do it again unless the goal was backcountry camping.

hiking
Sunday, May 06, 2018

Beautiful old-growth forest trail leads to Drift Creek where there are several nice campsites. Trail is not muddy as of 5/5/18. There is only one section with a tree blocking the trail and this can be crossed with modest effort. All uphill on return, with a few steep sections but overall it’s nicely graded back to the trailhead.

hiking
Thursday, March 01, 2018

Hiked in February and was very wet. Very muddy so bring boots, I went light with no boots and regret that. Even though rainy and hailing it was still very nice. Only a saw two other parties, very quiet and pretty. Road up to trail head is very narrow and looks sketchy but opens up to parking lot and no fees. Good hike.

trail running
Sunday, October 15, 2017

beautiful area but my little concern was the road up to the trail area was little rough also at the trail head people threw out poopy baby diapers, trash, wipes and sleeping bag. It will be nice if we always keep our Oregon Trail heads clean from trash. Overall beautiful area

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beautiful hike. Lots of big trees and river at the bottom. A bit of a work out coming back up but if your in average health you'll be ok just take it slow and steady. Lots of photo opportunities. Bring water and a lunch if you do it all at once. Our dogs loved it!

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Great trail! Only saw 2 other hikers, nice creek at the bottom for my dog to play in. Steep coming back out but well worth it

Make sure you have an off road vehicle and survival gear - and bear spray.

backpacking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

A really lovely secluded trail. The camp sites at the bottom of the trail are all creekside and very pretty, with plenty of good trees to string a hammock from. There's not too much to do when you get down there (as there aren't any other trails to explore), but bring along a hammock and a good book and you're all set.

backpacking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Brushy trail down to a beautiful creek full of crawdads. There are ten or so little campsites scattered throughout the forest along the creek. It's a little bit of a climb back out but worth it.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

All downhill going in and uphill going back. Relatively easy hike. Nice old trees along the way and ends at a nice stream that is a great camping area. Check out the crayfish in the stream. There are not that many, so protect the few that are there for others to see.

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

This was a wonderful hike! You'll have to take a somewhat secluded, beat up road to get to the trailhead. Heading down the mountain consisted of beautiful, fairytale like scenery with old trees, wildlife, mushrooms, and clovers everywhere! At the bottom, you will reach a creek full of snails and crawdads. We had a lot of fun hanging out down there for a few hours. Bit of a steep hike back up, but worth every step!

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Definitely "lightly trafficked". When I got there, there was a man leaving. Then I had the trail to myself until I was on my way back out some people were hiking in. The forest views were lovely with lots of huge trees. The path is clear. Do not forget to bring bug repellent. Lots of flying bugs and a ton of spider webs in the trail. When you get to the creek there does not appear to be a good access point. My pup and I slid down a hill with loose dirt but the "bank" was no bigger than 2 ft in width. My dog enjoyed playing in the water and definitely needed to cool off. Also this is not a trail to take horses on.

hiking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Neat river at end w mini lobsters and salamanders

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

nice trail, very easy to follow. did it in the rain, will go back on a clear day

hiking
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Path is wonderful. No issues. Can see that a big tree had just been recently cleared. Thank you whoever you are for doing that. The way back up was pretty tough for a new hiker. But we made it back up in an hours time. The trillium were in full bloom. Very nice hike. Next time may hike in to camp for the weekend.

hiking
Sunday, March 06, 2016

I've only been down the trail 2 miles, however the trees and forest are beautiful. At two miles in there is a huge fallen tree. Be careful of that. I look forward to going further another time.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best part of our trip

hiking
Monday, August 24, 2015

I did the piece between Seperation Lake Trail and Horse Lake as part of a larger loop. It's a mostly forested trail with a variety of interesting flowers. There are some views, but only on the piece near horse lake. Nice trail.

hiking
Monday, August 17, 2015

We just did this hike for the second time. Except for a few extraordinary giant firs there is not too much in the way of views until you get to the creek. The creek is a great spot to hang out and poke around for crawfish. There are several really nice campsites along the creek side. Perfect places for pitching your tent and people have placed log seating around some big rock fire pits. Though I don't think these pits would qualify as sanctioned fire pits during fire closures. We saw a couple family groups with kids abotu 10ish hiking back up with backpacks so kids can do this too. It is a pretty stiff climb back up out though.

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