Harris Ranch Trail to Drift Creek

MODERATE 20 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,433 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

wildlife

muddy

old growth

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

trail running
Sunday, October 15, 2017

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

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

walking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

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

backpacking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

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.

backpacking
Monday, June 26, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

backpacking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Tuesday, September 22, 2015