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Drift Creek Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln City, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 462 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

Hwy 101 entry: Off Highway 101 south of Lincoln City, north of Salishan. Travel east on Drift Creek Road, right on South Drift Creek Road mile. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 17. Stay on Forest Service Road 17 to trailhead, approximately, 10 miles. Hwy 101/Highway 18 entry: At Hwy 101/18 junction travel east 4.5 miles on Hwy 18. Travel south on Bear Creek County Road 3.5 miles. Continue straight 7 miles on Forest Service Road 17 to trailhead.

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1 hour ago

Pretty easy trail. Very busy. We went about 11:30am and it was quite busy already. Trail was very muddy, as to be expected in Oregon, on the coast. Trail head says 1.5 miles to the falls, however, my fitbit tracked it at 1.91 miles. Be prepared to get muddy! Falls were much smaller than I expected but still beautiful. The trail was quite beautiful and serene.

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2 days ago

This is a great easy-going hike! I went early in the morning and on a fairly rainy day to avoid any crowds. It was pretty muddy so be prepared with good shoes to complete this gorgeous trail. Benches are available along the way if you need to take a breather. The suspension bridge is a fantastic spot for photo opportunities! You're able to walk to the bottom of the waterfall and embrace all its glory. The fee is about $5 per vehicle, so be prepared with cash (NW Pass).

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3 days ago

It’s pretty but it’s busy

3 days ago

This was a perfect hike!!! my family did this on 4th if July weekend with our 1.5yr old son who pretty much walked half the trail. There were areas were it was muddy but not bad when we did the hike.

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5 days ago

This is definitely a hike, tho on the easier side there is still some steep up & down ground to cover. Also the bridge is not for the faint of heart. lots of folks on the trail but everyone did their best to keep their distance

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5 days ago

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5 days ago

Bring extra shoes and walking sticks if you have them! This was an easy hike, but insanely muddy and overcrowded. Went at noon on a Thursday and had to stop frequently for others. The falls and bridge are breathtaking, but be prepared!

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6 days ago

Great trail despite the mud. Had to take the dog to the dog wash afterwards but it was well worth it & just made it more of an adventure. Wear good shoes that wash up well. The peaceful walk through the forest, beautiful suspension bridge & view of the waterfall from above was spectacular. Easy hike.

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7 days ago

Nice hike. Little muddy. But shouldn’t be a problem for an Oregonian.

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8 days ago

Great hike, but super muddy! Be prepared for peanut butter hiking conditions. The falls are beautiful, and the bridge was super cool—very stable!

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8 days ago

Really cool pretty quick hike. It was a nice waterfall hike near the coast for us to go do. We were visiting from Utah and wanted to do a hike while we were near the coast thins hike was beautiful. It was a little crowded but the trail was wide we didn’t have to constantly stop to let people pass.

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10 days ago

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10 days ago

Beautiful fairly easy trail, there are a couple of benches to rest along the way if needed. Dog and kid friendly. The suspension bridge is cool. A little muddy in a couple of spots but I hiked in my Tevas no problem. Beautiful waterfall that you can hike to the bottom of. There were a lot of people out so if your trying to avoid crowds this probably isn’t the trail for you or bring a mask.

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13 days ago

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17 days ago

Leading up to the trail the road was windy but well paved. The trail itself was muddy in a lot of places but previous hikers put down small logs and branches across large puddles. But either way expect to get muddy. The bridge offers an amazing view of the waterfall. It’s 100ft above the ground but it has high rails and the walls are made with a chain linked fence - so it’s pretty safe even for children. The views are well worth the small hike. You need $5 per vehicle or the NW forest pass.

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17 days ago

This trail was a lot of fun (: me and my two partners took the trail. Lots of muddy spots. But when we got down to the waterfall we got to the rocks and stood right in front of it. Lots of fun (:

Beautiful hike climbed down the hill next to the downed tree to get up close to the falls

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23 days ago

Tons of people on the trail but glad trail has been reopened. Tons of mud and mosquitoes

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23 days ago

Loved this trail and the bridge by the waterfall, fair warning: the road from the highway is 9 miles, is very curvy and very narrow in places. Fine if you go slow

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24 days ago

Trail reopened. Trail very muddy in the rain, but was a great easy hike with pretty waterfall and bridge at the end!

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24 days ago

Starts off steep, but very well worth the view at the top! we saw a Roosevelt Elk Cow at the top. Wear good hiking shoes because it's pretty muddy going up.

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24 days ago

Very muddy, easy & fun :)

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25 days ago

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike, beautiful waterfall

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1 month ago

Trail is CLOSED as of 5/29/20 because they are fixing road 17 that leads to it. Probably will be for a few more days into next week at least. Check the Forest Service website before you go up to ensure its open!!

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1 month ago

We tried to get to the trail head, but was told it was closed by a park ranger and we couldn’t hike. No biggie, we will be back another time.

1 month ago

just as an FYI the road is closed to get up there if you come up bear creek...closed til June 3rd? there was another way there but it was 45min to an hour out of the way. Disappointing but hey drove to Lincoln City and went to the beach....

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