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Little North Santiam Trail is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lyons, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and nature trips and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 1,420 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Camping

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Forest

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Waterfall

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Getting There

Little North Santiam Trail starting from Elkhorn. Trail can also be started from the Shady Cove Campround.

Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842

Directions from Mehama: Turn onto Little North /fork Road #2209 from Hwy. 22 near Mehama. To access first trailhead, follow Road 2209 to Elkhorn. Turn right onto Road 201 and follow to trailhead. To access second trailhead, stay on Road 2209 to fork in road. Veer right onto Road 2207. Follow Road 2207 to western end of the closed Shady Cove Bridge. Park and walk across bridge to trailhead.

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Brenda S
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Hiking

First off the turn onto Elkhorn Dr is after mile marker 14 not 13. Great hike but definitely more moderate than easy. Steep areas and lots of roots and rocks on the path. Slippery when wet. We only traversed to the Elkhorn Falls and came back. Although you walk next to the river there are no spots to go down except the swimming hole area and that was too steep and wet to do today. We will try this one in dryer weather as I feel it will be easier to do then.

ORION WHITE
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Muddy

A fun little trail. Did the trail up and then the road over to 3 pools.

Joe Boston
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Ashlee Wright
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Hiking

Beautiful trail - was a beautiful day to get out there. Since this trailhead has no bathrooms or recreation area, it is open according to National Forestry’s website. Had no issues, not a ton of people but those who there were extremely respectful of distance. Water was COLD but felt good to dip your feet in. Good first hike of the season.

Matt Stoltz
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Hiking

very steep in places and quite a long distance. I didn't have it in me to face while steeping clams again, soI took the road on the way back, stopping at three pools park, but then Mike phone became low on power, and I had to call in my helicopter ride home. I walked another point seven miles before it came.

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Sarah Stinson
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HikingRocky

My favorite hike so far. Beautiful with so much to offer.

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Benjamin Gross
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Hiking

This is a really great hike. I started at the elk horn parking area and hiked to three pools. The river is beautiful and the waterfalls are very nice as well. The elevation gain is sudden and quite steep but a good portion of the hike remains level and winds through a great forest.

Kelsey Hewit
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HikingMuddyRocky

If you are a novice/beginning hiker this trail will take you up a thousand levels! You can decide if that's good or bad for yourself. Right now my thighs are telling me it was a mistake. lol This trail is considered Moderate (yes to normal hiking standards) I felt that it was def. moderate to hard difficulty. pros-the River paralleling the trail, clear pathway the whole length but not without it some work to get through it, The Falls are beautiful and not alot of foot traffic. Cons-the elevation gain is extreme and difficult to manage. Some spots are sketchy... going through multiple streams, crossing over the streams and slippery/loose rocks the WHOLE trail and Unrealistic expectations of the difficulty of the trail. hope this helps some newbie hikers out there!I'm proud I made it but it was very challenging.

Maria Gamez
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Hiking

Trail was in great condition! Parking lot was pretty small so when I go back during the warmer season I’ll definitely go earlier. There was lots of running and standing water on trail. I’d recommend water proof boots or maybe gators with low top waterproof shoes. It was pretty shaded so there was some slight coverage from the rain. We didn’t go all the way to the bridge because my group was pretty cold and wet but we finished at 8 miles total out and back. Started around 8am and finished at around 1 with a few breaks in between and detours to see the river.

Alyssa Heuberger
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m p
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Beautiful hike. Did it in the pouring rain and looped back via the road.

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Monique H.
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Hiking

Awesome hike - a little more elevation gain than indicated, quite rocky and quite steep in places. Very wet with standing and running water in large sections of the trail today. But stunningly beautiful forest and very little traffic. Highly recommended!

Erica Noble
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Hiking

I recommend wearing gortex/waterproof hiking boots. There is an area about 2 miles in where you cross a stream. You will most likely get water in your boots as it’s about mid calf high water. Bring extra wool socks. This hike is well worth it!!

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Kendra Madrid
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Snow

9.4 Mi. Parking lot empty. Patches of snow and running water and standing water on the trail. Great conditions. the road to the trailhead was clear. super beautiful!

Jessica Schnelle
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Mary Ann Pastene
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Hiking

great views, but trail is a bit treacherous in spots.... slippery leaves, steep and rocky grade.

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Elizabeth Pedigo
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HikingRocky

Easy to get to (no treacherous roads like for Opal Creek). Free parking. Trail is easy to follow. Gunshots initially heard but went away (there’s hunting nearby). You follow the sound of the water almost the entire time which is great. I am 41, have had a few knee surgeries and did this hike with a 30 lb pack. All of the elevation happens at one time and the trail is quite rocky so I felt like it should be labeled as “Hard”. I used poles and felt like I had to watch my footing for the majority of the hike. The hike is actually 6 miles out and back for total of 12 with 2000 ft of elevation gain. The only thing at the end is a beautiful bridge though so my recommendation is to stop at 5 miles and swim in the water then head back! Beautiful Forrest and gorgeous waterfalls. If the trail itself was better maintained I’d give it 5 stars!

Dan Peterson
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Hiking

Fun trail, a little steep, but a good hike. Where else can you go to see the ocean AND all this wild geology. Eat your heart out every state not named Oergon.

Joe Boston
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Joe Boston
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Hiking

If you're a fan of Opal Creek but absolutely HATE the access road like I do, this is a great alternative. Be warned that this trail is MUCH harder than the Opal Creek/Jawbone Flats Trail, and two miles longer. There are so many photo opportunities that this should be prime time during the fall. There are a few areas on this trail where you really need to watch your footing.

Matthew Gordon
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Brad King
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Hiking

Some reviews have stated that this isn’t a “hard” hike. I disagree. Mainly because the inclines consist of pretty rough trail making sprained ankles a concern for me. Granted at 63 years old I’m in pretty good shape but I guess it’s all relative.

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Shane Upchurch
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Hiking

Loved this trail! My wife (5mo pregnant) and our dog and I ended up stopping alongside the river and had a picnic and did some swimming. There is some elevation gain in the middle but I'd hardly call it difficult. Beautiful scenery, no parking fee.

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