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Drift Creek Falls Trail

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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

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

Flanked by ferns, alder trees and vine maple, Drift Creek Trail winds through the rain-drenched Siuslaw National Forest. The highlight of the trail is a 240-foot long cable suspension bridge. Anchored by cables and ties that are cemented into opposing bluffs, the bridge holds over a hundred fifty thousand pounds. While the bridge does offer a bit of a bounce, the thirty-inch wide tread is perfectly safe and the bird’s-eye view will leave you spellbound. As does Drift Creek Falls, a 65-foot freefall, whopper of a waterfall that’s located immediately below you. $5 fee to park.

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Easy hike. Perfect for families.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

We had an age range from 3 - 89! Great for all ages and worth it for the view from the bridge.

hiking
2 days ago

Such a fun and easy hike with lots of photo opportunities! We even brought a fishing pole for fun and got a few bite at the end of the waterfall

15 days ago

Nice easy trail through the forest. Amazing waterfall at the end. Great for an afternoon hike.

hiking
19 days ago

I would recommend this trail for anyone. it was a bit crowded for February but it was a nice day. the parking lot was overflowing at noon. the trail is a gentle decent with an easy rating that fits. there is a beautiful suspension bridge right at the falls that is spectacular. the falls were also a wonderful site. well worth the trip. save some energy for the walk back. it's all uphill.

hiking
24 days ago

I love this trail!!! Beautiful and kids can do it as well.

hiking
25 days ago

The bridge was so incredible!! Loved this short easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike!

1 month ago

great for newbs and experts alike. a little muddy but hey its oregon and its January. couldn't ask for anything more.

backpacking
1 month ago

easy hike with a wonderful ending!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Went and hiked out to the waterfall with my wife on 4 Jan. Trail was muddy is some spots, but nothing severe. The suspension bridge was fun to cross and I enjoyed the lower view of the fall, which is going strong this time of year.

The hike was short and easy, even with the optional North Loop trail. Boots recommended.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful easy hike. The elevation is gradually and comes on at a steady pace. Took my wife and kids. Ages 5 and 6. My one year old went into my Phil and teds carrier and onto my back. Highly recommended.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked in light rain and the trail held nicely. The North Loop was in good shape also. The approach road was easy in a rental sedan: paved all the way and about 16' wide. That said, I wouldn't try to get a camper up here: tight turns, low branches, and very little turnaround space at the trailhead. Loved this hike.

1 month ago

easy 2.6 mile hike. highly recommend it. the waterfall was super pretty and the bridge above it was very neat!

2 months ago

Beautiful, went in rainy December and the trail was in good shape.

2 months ago

Easy fun trail

hiking
2 months ago

This is a nice, easy trail with a great view of the waterfall!

2 months ago

This is an easy kid and pet friendly hike

hiking
3 months ago

Suspension bridge great bonus.

3 months ago

My dog and I hiked this gorgeous trail today. Super easy, well maintained, awesome suspension bridge across the creek and adjacent to falls, beautiful falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike! Can’t wait to come back in summer to splash in the creek.

hiking
3 months ago

Very busy trail, but super cool waterfall and bridge. Go when no one else is there (weekday).

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice trail walk to the suspension bridge and waterfall! This is an EASY trail with a pretty grand ending, therefore it draws a lot of attention-ie other hikers, kids, etc. If you want to avoid people, I’d aim for hiking it on a weekday morning. Otherwise, expect to share the experience :)

3 months ago

A great hike and less traffic on a Monday early afternoon.

4 months ago

A great, easy hike for the whole family to enjoy. Easily our favorite hiking spot to take the kids along on.

4 months ago

Nice easy trail. Busy. Take the north loop to avoid the traffic. Falls are nice, bridge is cool. Collected some mushrooms, yum.

4 months ago

The wander in is really pretty. fairly deep forest. Not especially challenging. couple minor hills but thats really all. the view of the falls from the bridge and the area across the canyon are absolutely wonderful.
That much said, even on a cool early Friday morning there were a ton of people. on my way in, I passed 4 groups of people in less than a mile. all of them were super friendly and gave a pleasent good morning as we passed each other. on the way out, however, I must have passed 10 to 15 groups totalling 50 to 60 people. and most of them had zero trail manners, using their large 5 to 10 people group to block the whole trail forcing me completely off the rather wide trail. Some of the groups had younger kids who were yelling and screaming and stomping on mushrooms and trying to push over small trees. while I'm happy to see parents bringing their kids in a no cell service area, a little respect for nature wouldnt hurt.
I may go back during the spring run off, but not unless its a cold rainy day.

walking
4 months ago

4 months ago

We hiked this trail on father's day and it was very busy, but not over crowded, fairly easy walking, my 5yr old almost did the whole trail on his own, so it's very kind friendly. loved the view of the falls and the pools at the bottom to play in the water and cool off.

4 months ago

Easy, beautiful hike.

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