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Fall Creek National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 23 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.

hiking
24 days ago

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

1 month 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!

2 months ago

hiking
3 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.

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3 months ago

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8 months ago

One of my first hikes after having had a brain injury. The injury caused problems with balance for awhile. It was fun, beautiful, and totally managable. We also brought our 3 year old for her first hike. She especially enjoyed playing in the waterfall at the end. There were a few places that made me nervous because they were kind of narrow, rockie, and rootie. :) All in all it was a wonderful walk especially for a first time hiker!

9 months ago

Trail is a little narrow and Ricky. Burnt forest about 3 miles in. Over all had fun, would hike the trail again.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice for a summer hike with dogs. The trail runs beside the river much of the way so if you wanted to you could have quite a few spots to choose from to take a dip. A lot of roots n rocks in the trail so not best for trail running. Overall nice though.

hiking
10 months ago

camping
10 months ago

Beautiful scenery, cold but amazing creek with high banks. Crystal clear water and tall trees all around. Cool camp spot I'll definitely be going here again.

hiking
11 months ago

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

very nice hike for dog and i.we left from across road and hiked a couple miles found some nice pools in the creek.But flow is very low and not much flow in creek.Very peaceful hike in old forest planning on doing more later date.nice hike.

hiking
Monday, March 30, 2015

A rather "typical" creek-side trail, globally not very strenuous (for the section I hiked between Dolly Varden CG and the hill above Bedrock CG)... but not so easy either with mud/rocks/roots and the classic short ups and downs to follow contour of natural obstacles along the creek.

The first 3.5 miles were shady (walk through old growth) while the next 2.5 to Bedrock were more exposed but also more level/easy with good views of Fall Creek. Bedrock is a good place to pause for lunch/snacks (especially when the camp is totally empty as it was for me)

The climb of the hill above bedrock uses medium size switchbacks making the climb longer but not as hard as a more direct route would.