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

Absolutely beautiful forest trail!

5 days ago

this hike was beautiful.
went on a monday and it was completely silent around us. its a great trail, does cross over atv trails but that is no biggie. the dogs loved this trail also.

Beautiful trail! And it was nice to see al the new growth being planted!

The hike was decent through forests and clear cuts. Views were nice at the top and the falls we're great. Groups of ATV riders were considerate. The reason for the 3 star rating was due to the constant gunfire noise throughout the entire hike.

Nice trail 45 min from Portland. We got an early start on a Saturday and while there were a lot of motorcycles and shooters in the area, we had the hiking trails to ourselves.

This is a great loop for runners looking for something more challenging than Forest Park. Mostly runnable with some challenging power hikes. The loop distance makes keeping supplies in your car and running multi-loops an option for long-mileage days.

I only saw two other hikers, but it was a Monday morning. There were a few muddy obstacles but were easily overcome with proper waking sticks. I would like to try this hike again mid summer. There were a few patches of snow , mostly off the sides of the trail. The trail did cross the motorized roads a few times and could hear the atv as well. It took me about 4 hours with plenty of stops between. The falls were well worth the trip!

Went on NYE - gates are closed. We parked at them and walked through. Water was really high so we couldn’t get to the falls but we trotted around on the trails for about a mile and they are well maintained and pretty. I’m sure during the summer it’s super busy as this is a campground.

Incredible winter hike

Wonderful hike. Can be done in about 4 hours if you don’t stop and rest too much. Creeks and foot bridges. Two waterfalls on the loop.
Gunshots are in the distance as well as dirt bikes and ATVs but they add to the idea you’re in the middle of no where back country and only those that want to be out there are.
Not too muddy but don’t recommend right after a huge rain spell. A lot of the trail is the runoff line for when it does rain hard. Some of the mud was deceivingly deeper than expected.
All around gorgeous!!

Great trail - will always be a favorite of mine! Nice and short, my mapping is a little extended due to helping someone down the mtn. Really important to wear proper hiking shoes.. very muddy and slick!

3 months ago

Trail is in great condition. It was super cloudy when I went so not many views, but a hike for the rain since there is so much cover.

Though the sound of ATVs and gunshots at points takes away some of the peace, have to say we all thoroughly enjoyed this hike! Easy grade in a lovely forest- we didn’t pass a single other hiker or group, only one small group of mountain bikers in the beginning. All ATVs and vehicles were very respectful when we had to cross the road several times to return to the loop. Seems like it would be a nice trail run.

Really nothing to write home about to be honest. You walk through forest as well as old logging areas, cross a few bridges and then of course get to see University Falls. The falls were nice, raging from recent rains but nothing spectacular. Sounds of gunshots and atvs really put a damper on this hike.

Terrain was easy, I would guess my kids could do this with minimal complaining. It really is an easy hike but with that comes boredom.

5 months ago

It was a great hike, although it was a bit muddy and wet. Probably not best for little kids when it is that wet and muddy. The hike was a nice mix of up and down (moderate) and the waterfall kind of surprises you in the middle of the trail. We didn't see anyone else there. Great hike.

Drove up instead of hiking in. Driving required suv for some clearance and pot holes on gravel road. Very fun drive if you have decent 4wd.
Went the morning after heavy rain and made it much more intense than everyone else’s photos showed - huge waterfall after the rain. Hike was nothing if you drive in - maybe a mile total to/from.
Hike was 3 stars, but waterfall and fun 4wd drive in 4 star.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike and easy for kids. Had a two month old and five year old with us. They were doing some tree clearing on the right side (heading in) which distracted from the nature/natural feeling. Waterfall was amazing for such a short trek.

Nice medium length hike - great views of steams and river as you go along. It’s not the most solitary hike, with ORVs and nearby shooting range. University Falls is highlight of hike.

7 months ago

Very Short, nice little falls at the end. Would be good for kids. Very easy. Slippery when wet. Trail does cross a few ATV trails.

Trail was not open for camping or hiking as of September 8, 2017..... gates closed and signs posted. Only posting as a head up for other hikers headed there as it's a bit of a drive - the area is beautiful as I'm sure the trail and falls are when open.

It was beautiful!! Trail got confusing for a for a bit, but still great. Perfect with kids. The fall was gorgeous. The pools beneath were a kind of gross.

Hiked late August. This is a trail clearly for ATVs and motorcycles. It's not fun to share a trail with motorized vehicles. It crosses several gravel roads as well. Not much to see, unless you like to see patches of logged terrain. Very dusty.

If you are looking for a quiet trail then this is not for you! This is a popular off roading site with lots of gun fire mixed in. If you have a dog that is scared of fireworks then I strongly suggest you pick another trail. The site is sometimes closed to OHV due to fire conditions and you can check here before going.


I took the 11 miles hike starting at University fall and headed clock wise. The trails are fairly well indicated but do cross over the OHV trails at many points, in some cases a 6 way intersection. The were a series of bridges and hugged the creeks for portions of the hike that really made the hike special. Some of the fire buffer zones were logged which added some nice blooming groves to the hike. There was moderate elevations on the hike and had a nice over view of the mountains about half way through. There were several nice rest stops along the way with crudely made benches and nice rocked areas along the creek. I enjoyed the hike and under certain conditions can be a very nice hike. Thus the 4 stars

Please be aware there is no cell service so upload your maps before going. The start of the major trail heads has well indicated maps of the entire area.

I was looking for a mid-length hike to go on to warm up before going on a multi-day later this week. This was it.

The trail was well maintained with the worst being some sections that had become narrow due to the foliage. One nice thing (if you have a water filtration/purification system) is that about 1/4 of the trail is along a stream.

For the most part it's a beautiful hike. I could have done without going through the clear-cut sections of the forest, heating gun shots (but he a shooting range in the OHV area???) and the intermittent noise from the nearby OHVs (at one point I smelt the exhaust from one as it passed by on a neighboring trail).

One thing to note: I have service through Sprint and I did not have coverage while on the trail. Download your maps before you leave or bring a map and a compass.

This was a good hike, with lots of hilly area to get to the falls! The falls are very pretty and are worth the hike, despite the hike being long! Overall good hike.

This was a beautiful hike, but the 8 mile loop is tricky to follow because the trails are not always marked well. Definitely download or map it beforehand because there is no phone service. A note- there are tons of ATV/motorcycle trails that cross the paths. It wasn't too bad, but it can be noisy. There are a few mountain bikers sharing the trail, but we didn't see any hikers on the loop trails. I don't think the entire loop is a kid friendly hike.

definitely a cool hike. Lots of great views and cool pictures to be taken. would hike again. loved it.

Very nice trail. It is not clearly marked, but if you follow this map it is super easy.

10 months ago

This is a great short hike. Go early and you will have complete solitude. There is a good amount of parking at the trailhead and restrooms. There is no cell service at all. Lots of shade. The trail is near the road at the start but after a while the road noise fades.

Scenic hike that is very pretty with surroundings that constantly change keeping the hike interesting. Mixture of inclines and declines.

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