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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

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.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful and super easy with kid!

hiking
4 days ago

We got there mid morning and the parking lot was already full. This trail gets busier as the day wears on. Nice, well maintained trail. Incredible suspension bridge over the falls. A couple nice pools to rest your feet in along the way as well.

hiking
muddy
6 days ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
6 days ago

It was a fun trip. I'm an asthmatic and out of shape ans had to stop frequently but was able to hike there and back and had a fun time doing so. The scenery is stunning, waterfall beautiful, trails were muddy and slippery wear proper shoes of course!

hiking
muddy
7 days ago

Beautiful trail with an awesome suspension bridge. I'm afraid of heights but it was super sturdy and I was able to conquer it. We went on a rainy day and it was really slippery in some areas but it's expected in nature.

hiking
7 days ago

This hike was beautiful and the waterfall was amazing! We took our 9 month old in a jogging stroller and it did great. There were tree roots and a few places where 2 people had to carry it but overall doable. There are bathrooms but they are nasty and bring your own hand sanitizer and wipes. The road to get there was awful but it is paved. It’s a single lane and blind corners so drive slow and take your time. Overall this hike is worth it and we will definitely be doing it again!!!!!!!

hiking
10 days ago

This was a great trail with a lot of amazing scenery! The bridge is amazing with such a great view! I would highly recommend this trail to anyone. It is an easy hike that is very dog friendly.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful! Get there early......too many people!

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome hike! My husband and I did it with our two dogs today. Completely worth it! We highly recommend!!

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful trail with such a cool bridge! This hike came up as suitable for wheelchairs and strollers, I can tell you that it is not with the incline and the amount of roots and uneven areas on the path. I went with an individual with limited mobility and we made it there and back! But it was tough and we probably wont be doing this one again. I will be going back, though.

Waterfall was absolutely worth the hike. very well maintained easy trail to get there.

hiking
bridge out
25 days ago

Would love to have done the hike today. Unfortunately it’s closed until the 24th for repairs. If I could give you this warning without rating it, I would. We will definitely be back to try again though!

hiking
29 days ago

Loved this hike!! So worth the height issue:)

hiking
30 days ago

Very easy laid back trail with a beautiful waterfall and awesome bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Heads up they are doing bridge repair work from 6/17-6/24 based on a couple signs I saw today. Otherwise I highly recommend this area! Well managed trail, easy paced hike, friendly people along the way. Beautiful drive in, too!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike after a day at the beach in Lincoln city. The drive is slow but on paved road. This hike gives you a unique perspective of a beautiful waterfall. The suspension provides the view and a fun moment for the kids. The whole hike was easy, and shaded through a beautiful forest. We recorded 4+ miles but that’s from playing at the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely easy hike with a big payoff at the end. Bring a lunch or snack and climb down to the creek by the falls for a awe inspiring stop

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail and good workout coming back up. The bottom of the trail near the waterfall and creek has some good boulders to climb on to get a good view. The trail itself is a little hard because it’s paved but the paths are easy to maneuver. It took my group about an hour to go down and back, not including the time climbing down by the creek. Definitely a memorable hike. BE AWARE! The road climbing up to the trailhead is two ways and there are quite a few blind curves.

1 month ago

one of my favorite trails to do with family and my dog.

hiking
1 month ago

This was an easy fun trail. It was relaxing and it had a beautiful fall and fun suspension bridge. It had nice water to soak your feet in and relax at the bottom of the falls. Not many people there at all when we were there. Just us 4 for a long time.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail. Take the northern loop and it is 3 miles one way. Suspension bridge and waterfall are beautiful. Trail is pretty wide most if the way.

1 month ago

a beautiful waterfall, a footbridge and a beautiful forest. what more ?

hiking
1 month ago

It’s got some big puddles right now! Wear your boots. Easy to moderate hiking.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

1 month ago

I wouldn't necessarily say the trail is "easy", more so moderate. There's enough elevation gain that you'll definitely get a nice little sweat worked up. Heavily trafficked trail, which can be an asset when hiking solo as a woman. It makes me feel safer. SOME patches of old growth forest. And of course the suspension bridge is a blast. Beautiful small falls. Easy to hike down to the bottom of the falls. Good times!

1 month ago

magical little place

2 months ago

Beautiful area to hike! The suspension bridge is awesome.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little trail - the payoff is worth it for sure! The bridge is fun and sways just enough to give you a thrill. You can hike down to the base of the falls as well, which is a must. Take the North Loop trail to add a nice little incline and probably another half mile or so to the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

didn't disappoint at all. bridge made it all come together to be a hike different than most. clovers and flowers blooming and the perfect temperature.

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