Grotto Falls Trail

EASY 18 reviews
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Grotto Falls Trail is a 0.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Glide, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.

0.5 miles
177 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


trail running





Walk behind this 100 foot waterfall in the Little River area of the Upper Umpqua River area. The glistening waters of this attractive waterfall invite visitors to experience a closer view. Water plunges 100 feet over a cliff with the trail passing behind the falls into a natural cavern. This trail is developed for hiker use only.

5 days ago

Easy hike on a well groomed trail. The waterfall is beautiful and it's an incredible experience to be able to walk behind and into it.
No signs from the main paved road, the gravel road is long and there is a sign for the falls about 2 miles from it.

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2 months ago

Been here several times different times of the year, one of my favorite falls just hiked it again April 1st with my man and lil man it was perfect, more water flow this time of year, easy hike!

2 months ago

This is a gorgeous waterfall to see in the spring! However, the 6 miles off Little river road to the trail are a complete pain. It's a gravel road that switchbacks into the mountains with a lot of unavoidable potholes, it took about 20 or so minutes to drive it. The hike is short but if you have a lot of patience and time for driving the falls are worth it.

2 months ago

Grotto Falls is not worth the time it takes to get there. There are so many more accessible hikes along the North Umpqua River that lead to equally impressive waterfalls. This "hike" is 16 miles in on the Little River Rd, and then an additional 6 miles of logging roads for a 0.3 mile walk. Stay on 138 and stick to the trails there. They are all mostly around 0.5 miles, but at least you can easily hike a bunch of them since they are all in close proximity to one another.

10 months ago

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11 months ago

Absolutely loved it the hike was great and the waterfalls were beautiful. Definitely one to check out and if you keep hiking up behind grotto falls there is plenty more to see

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Beautiful location. Once you come to the first waterfall...keep going there are two more up river. Absolutley worth the effort!! enjoy!!

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Great views!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

It can be a lot further than the 0.6 out and back... If you climb up behind the waterfall you can continue to hike and climb. A bit wet and slippery but fun. Several more waterfalls behind it.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

A very short and easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. Should be no problem for kids as we saw several on the trail. We went in late August and I am sure there is a lot more water flowing over the falls earlier in the year. Beautiful nonetheless. We attempted the scramble up to the upper falls but chickened out as we should have had better hiking shoes. Steep and a bit unmarked. Next time we will be prepared for the higher falls. I tried to get a good photo of the grotto (cave) under the waterfall. See my track.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Our family hiked up to Grotto Falls in Umpqua National Forest, near Glide, Oregon. It was a short hike even for our six-year-old and my overweight self. There, I used the falling water to demonstrate motion after effect which is commonly known as the "waterfall effect". Check out our video about it:

Sunday, September 16, 2012

This is a short hike. There is a picnic table and restroom where you park. The waterfall spills over rocks far enough where you can walk underneath the waterfall. Best flow is early spring. There are four more waterfalls if you hike above Grotto. It is difficult getting to the other falls as you have to climb up the steep hillside after Grotto and then you don't have true trails above. You will need to remain close to the water as you go above the falls. Very beautiful and you feel really secluded from things. Best to go with someone or at least tell someone you are tempting the falls above. There is a section where you can stand at the top of where Grotto falls spills over the edge of the rock.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

When I hiked this the water flow was low. Late Spring would be best because I remembered a huge waterfall as a kid. Anyway, you walk behind the falls and the rock wall is cut away quite a bit underneath and is a fun place to just hang out.