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Harris Ranch Trail to Drift Creek is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waldport, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 1,433 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Wildlife

Muddy

Description
Waypoints (4)
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Getting There

Hike downhill through an old growth forest to a camp site and Drift Creek. This is a really nice hike through old growth trees. You start at the top and hike all downhill to an old homestead meadow, place to camp, and Drift Creek. The hike back is all up hill, but it never gets too steep to be considered difficult.

On a rainy day make sure to wear rain pants as the underbrush and ferns along the trail will soak cotton clothing.

7.0 miles east of Waldport on Highway 34, turn north on Forest Road 3446 (Risley Creek Road). After 4.2 miles, fork left onto Forest Road 346. Continue for 0.3 mile to the trailhead parking lot.

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Reviews (52)
Photos (48)
Recordings (35)
Completed (74)
Jonah Schabell
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Backpacking

Great trail, and beautiful old trees. I didn’t find the road to be in bad shape, made it up fine in a Subaru Outback. Handful of great camping spots along the creek, plenty of privacy even with several groups camping at once. Creek is full of crawdads which are easy to catch and delicious boiled over the campfire with some old bay!

Suzanne Scarboro
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BackpackingBugsGreat!

The last 5 miles of road up to the trail was gnarly. Full of deep potholes and one lane partially gravel road that has a steep drop off on one side and is scary to pass people on. Our van bottomed out repeatedly on the potholes. Best for high clearance, 4 wheel drive vehicles. The trail itself was good. It wasn't very muddy and it was easy to follow. Nice shady walk through the woods with lots of birds, ferns and sun dappled old trees. Almost all downhill to the river and almost all uphill back to the trail head. Campsites have fire pits and flat places for tents. Lots of mosquitoes in the campsites, but down on the stone shore by the river there was a breeze and almost no bugs. We watched a bald eagle swoop low over our heads. Overall a great place, but beware the road up.

Val Harris
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Hiking

really nice 3 hour hike through old growth forest. Abundant birdsong, wild berries, and native plants. The creek is beautiful for a snack break, and the polls were filled with tadpoles, salamander, and crawdads. some muddy spots along the trail.

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Mary Tipken
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HikingBugs

Love this one! Not heavily trafficked. The road up there is in bad condition and bumpy - I park my car at the turn to get up and walk the last 1/4 mile to the trailhead as I don’t think my car would make it. Trail is all downhill to get to the creek and all uphill going back. Beautiful scenery but lots of bugs! Also saw a common garter snake down in the creek. Will definitely be back to camp!

Scott Nebeker
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Hiking

Our first time on this trail. Quiet, peaceful, and beautiful. Would definitely go again when we can stay longer. We did a one night stay with 25 lb packs. 1 hour 15 minutes in, 1 hour 30 minutes out. One log near the bottom you needed to snake crawl under, maybe 2.5-3 feet of clearance. A bit muddy but not bad in some areas in May. Our Garmins showed 2.9 miles to the creek, we went an additional 0.1 miles to a campsite further downstream. We counted five campsites in that stretch with good flat spots for tents, rock rings and log benches. One site was especially big with room for 3-4 tents and a nice flat rock for a table. Easy river access with open trails, maybe 20 feet away. All wooded at the bottom with plenty of options for our hammock. We were there on a holiday weekend (Memorial Day) and still only 1 other overnight camp when we got there. looked like there would be three the day we left. A lot a day hikers, eight cars at the trail head when we started, twelve when we got out. Twelve pretty much maxed out the trailhead parking. Road off of the main highway is narrow for the first mile or so, would be difficult to pass if you met an oncoming car. Everyone we met was very nice and pleasant.

Vince Pappalardo
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HikingMuddy

When rainy can be muddy. All down going to creek then ALL up going back. Plan accordingly.

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Negated Cannaday
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RunningBlowdown

The drive up to the trailhead was in parts rough but easily done with a 2WD car. This was a fun run. All down hill from the start. Deep woods and nice turns on the trail. Slick in some spots and a little muddy. There were a few trees blown down on the trail. The run back up was a little more of a workout. At the end is a few campsites by Alsea River. (Sad to see some trash left behind, but that’s people). I thought it was well worth the trip down. * No parking fee. * GPS works. * No toilets.

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Fallon Hockema
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Hiking

My gps recorded 6 miles total out and back. Started at 4pm and got back to the car right before 7pm. Not a super impressive trail but still green and luscious. Enjoyed it for the leg workout instead of the views.

Grete Phillips
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. A lot of uphill on the way back, but not too bad. Well maintained and a stream at the bottom.

Todd Engle
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HikingMuddy
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Danae Johnson
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HikingMuddy
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Katy Blye
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HikingBugs

Took the kids, 7 and 9 on their first backpacking trip. Pretty sure the hike is closer to 4.5 each way. Lots of mosquitoes.

Jerika Wallace
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Muddy

Beautiful trail. Had a couple muddy spots toward the end but would be dry in summer. Lovely end near the creek and a couple campsites. The drive to get there was a bit rough, very long, narrow gravel road with some pretty big potholes.

Chase B.
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Hiking

Fantastic hike down to the creek. Hike back is a leg burner but still quite fun and wild! Make sure to bring your trek poles

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Beth Nugent
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Muddy

Good Traction needed. Not only on the trail(muddy) but on the road up to the trailhead. 4 wheel drive would help, but I made it up in a minivan. The first 3/4 of a mile is a boring partial gravel path until you get to Drift Creek Wilderness. Then it's a single track descent through beautiful old growth. The creek is very pretty with an camp area and a fire ring. The climb back up will get your heartrate up

RF Boots
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Hiking

Got a late start today but still had the trail to myself. Did not see another soul. The trail was in great shape save for a couple muddy spots that were slippery and the downed tree mentioned in the previous review. Got down to the creek in short time, thanks to gravity. Once there I took some photos, made some ramen noodles and had them with a sandwich and candy bar. I sat for an hour and just listened to the water in the creek rush by. I liked this trail much better than it's counterpart on the other side of the creek. It looked like the fire pit was recently used, no doubt over Memorial Day, and I picked up quite a bit of trash left behind by the previous users. I did not, however, clean up someone's trailside poopy. Yes, someone used the side of the trail for a big old #2, and just left it with the TP on the side of the trail. Disgusting!

Crystal R.
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Hiking

An enjoyable trail. Thought it was a pretty hike through the forest & would do it again. Had it all to ourselves for a midweek hike.

Henry Jackson
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Hiking

Seems like a lot of work for the trail itself. The road getting there has a good amount of potholes and can be bad if your not careful. The trail itself is ok at best. Uphill on the entire return. Ok trail overall but I feel I won't return.

Jimmy Miller
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Hiking

Beautiful old-growth forest trail leads to Drift Creek where there are several nice campsites. Trail is not muddy as of 5/5/18. There is only one section with a tree blocking the trail and this can be crossed with modest effort. All uphill on return, with a few steep sections but overall it’s nicely graded back to the trailhead.

Jim Freed
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Hiking

Hiked in February and was very wet. Very muddy so bring boots, I went light with no boots and regret that. Even though rainy and hailing it was still very nice. Only a saw two other parties, very quiet and pretty. Road up to trail head is very narrow and looks sketchy but opens up to parking lot and no fees. Good hike.

Lynn A.
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Running

beautiful area but my little concern was the road up to the trail area was little rough also at the trail head people threw out poopy baby diapers, trash, wipes and sleeping bag. It will be nice if we always keep our Oregon Trail heads clean from trash. Overall beautiful area

Roxanne McUne Talbot
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Beautiful hike. Lots of big trees and river at the bottom. A bit of a work out coming back up but if your in average health you'll be ok just take it slow and steady. Lots of photo opportunities. Bring water and a lunch if you do it all at once. Our dogs loved it!

Michele Riggs
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Make sure you have an off road vehicle and survival gear - and bear spray.

Barton Robison
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Backpacking

A really lovely secluded trail. The camp sites at the bottom of the trail are all creekside and very pretty, with plenty of good trees to string a hammock from. There's not too much to do when you get down there (as there aren't any other trails to explore), but bring along a hammock and a good book and you're all set.

Leah Rector
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Backpacking

Brushy trail down to a beautiful creek full of crawdads. There are ten or so little campsites scattered throughout the forest along the creek. It's a little bit of a climb back out but worth it.

I J
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Hiking
First to Review

All downhill going in and uphill going back. Relatively easy hike. Nice old trees along the way and ends at a nice stream that is a great camping area. Check out the crayfish in the stream. There are not that many, so protect the few that are there for others to see.

Tim Tovar
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Hiking
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Christopher James
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Hiking
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Paul Emett
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Hiking
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