Fall Creek National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews
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Fall Creek National Recreation Trail is a 12.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fall Creek, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2011 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

old growth

Easy hike along Fall Creek takes you to several swimming holes and an old Native American hunting cave. Begin near the Dolly Varden Campground, and follow the trail along Fall Creek the entire trip. It's very easy, and would be perfect for taking kids. If you bring your swimsuit there are many pools along the trail that you could stop for a swim. Keep on going to see the Slick Creek Cave, a shallow cave that Native Americans used to camp at while on hunting trips. Just make sure you cross the highway and go left to catch the trail on the north side of the creek.

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backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Great for a solid workout too! Kept decent pace, slowed down a bit near the end. Made it to the burn and back on about 2.5 hours. About 5.5 miles in, there is a bit of overgrowth and a few trees down, but seem easy to climb over if you want to keep going. Will definitely do this again!

backpacking
3 months ago

For those of you that didnt complete the whole trail.
Starting right before Dolly Varden CG(which has a bridge you can jump off of into the deep water to cool off) the trail goes up creek(right side) until you reach the Clark Fire Burn Zone and come to NF-18 just after a bridge.
Cross bridge to other side(Left) of river and continue on Clark creek trail(not well marked). At this point you can notice much less traffic and over grown grass. recommend stopping at slick. a short 50ft walk and you get to see the old native cave.
trail forks at bedrock CG. continue on Trail or head to camp. To get back on trail, go north from camp site #1 trail heads north off of dirt road(not well marked) in CG that turns around at the gate.
From here the trail heads up the mountain and at some point you stay right(up creek) at the jones trail junction, which continues up the mouintian. The trail was the most over grown in this section. I did some clearing while out there but some inlet portions are overgrown. after a while the trail joins back with fall creek and you will have more opportunities to stop for a dip.
At the junction of Rd 1828 you will find a parking lot.( Trail head #4 on google)
From here cross over road 18 and find continue on with the trail. Often you will find people here camping at the trail head. trail continues north and you cross over a trail bridge to be back on the right side of the creek for the duration of the trail. At some point you will reach a section that has tape strung across the old trail and the new trail heads up the mountain to avoid a dangerous slide area. it reconnects to the trail no problem.
Trail ends at road 1833(trail head #5 on google).
Overall amazing trail not difficult just needs a little more traffic to avoid being swallowed by the forest.
P.S. Continue 3 miles up fall creek to see fall creek falls. Cross over bridge, past 2 slide zones, people parallel park on right side of road.
Hope this Helps!
Cheers.

hiking
3 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

We only went 2 miles out (4 total) because the dog was getting tired. It was beautiful and fun to hike! We loved all the swimming areas and little beaches right off the path.

hiking
4 months ago

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4 months ago

I hiked this trail on Easter. Was planning the 12 miles, but when trail "ended" at bridge, I was unsure where to continue for the remainder. Gorgeous trail, muddy and some fun agility for my lab and I with the downed trees. Lots of great swimming holes for cooling off. Absolutely will go again!

4 months ago

Early spring is a fantastic time to enjoy all the wild flowers, just watch out for the skunk cabbage!

hiking
5 months ago

A favorite of mine but do expect sticky mud and fallen trees blocking the trail!

5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful setting! Brought my 12 and 7 year old daughters and they did great. We wanted to make it to the top but they were done by the 5th mile. Bring kids that are good hikers and comfortable with long distances. I definitely recommend this trail to all who love to hike along the water!

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This was a beautiful hike but there are a bunch of trees down in the trail and also about 1.6 miles it it has an abrupt end. Looks like a bunch of trees down and mud slide. I would love to go back when the trail is open all the way to the end.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago