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Lower Soda Creek Falls Trail

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Lower Soda Creek Falls Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascadia, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and camping and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 324 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

running

forest

waterfall

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

fee

Short easy hike to Lower Soda Falls. $7 entrance fee Look for a small trailhead sign and a bench as you drive into the main day-use parking area. This is the take-off point for a 3/4-mile trail that leads to the 150-foot Soda Creek waterfall. The dirt trail is moderately steep. Look for several varieties of ferns, wildflowers, big Douglas-fir, cedar, and maple trees.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail normally, the dog went crazy about half way up. Took that as my cue to head back down. He saw something I couldn’t. Normally a very awesome trail. I’ve been told to look out for “tweakers” in that area unfortunately.

hiking
blowdown
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

Had the trail to myself, which was ideal. Sketchy muddy blowdowns/scrambles halfway up the trail make for slippery, dangerous moments though my little terrier charged through like she was a mountain goat! pretty and quiet but not worth the risk of getting hurt in a slip and fall at the blowdown washout.

hiking
3 months ago

Up hill little hike. Took 30 minutes each way. Falls are little this time of year.

hiking
blowdown
scramble
washed out
4 months ago

This trail was an easy hike at the start but it turned scary for my sister in law who is older and had to slide on her butt to navigate some of the washouts by blow downs that have not been maintained. My daughter took my grandsons up near the falls and it turned steep and scary there as well. Normally I would expect to see a closed sign on a trail this poorly maintained.

hiking
blowdown
4 months ago

This wasn’t our main reason for coming to the park and if it was I would have been disappointed. I’m sure the waterfall is more spectacular earlier in the season or during the rainy months, but it was just ok. The trail is really easy, but there were two spots where trees fell across that made it a little tricky. Had we not had our kids (almost 6 and 3) with us, it wouldn’t have been bad. Because of them we didn’t go off and explore a little more.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail if you happen to be in the area, the waterfall is pretty but it isn’t spectacular. I’m sure in the rainy season it would be better. There are a few blowdowns over the trail that are fairly easy to get under/over. Trail is in good condition. Good one for kiddos who aren’t into hiking. Short and sweet.

hiking
5 months ago

I found this trail delightfully interesting. There is a large amount of downed trees on the mountains. There were also many that fell across the trail that were cut through for trail access. The end reward is a great little waterfall. Because of the downed trees, l would say the hike is moderate —otherwise easy.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail was garbage, a lot of incline for very little pay off. Not worth it at all. Don’t go. Save your time and gas and do something better

hiking
5 months ago

Nice natural trail! Just a few inclines not bad though. Lots of large trees down but cut and off trail for easy passage. Waterfall at the end of the hike! No fees with DAILY parking and hiking.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail. Easy enough to take young kids. But there's a few spots you want to be extra careful with them.

hiking
closed
5 months ago

Trees down. Has a closed sign, but went anyway. Nice, peaceful, hardly any people.

hiking
5 months ago

Ok trail down trees in spots the water was really low the water fall was ok

6 months ago

Day use fee, $7 per person. Trail head is up in the campground proper. Not clearly marked in the picnic area where to locate the trail. Only redemption for this trip was the lower creek where kids can explore the fauna living in the pools.

6 months ago

nice trail

6 months ago

great trail with easy path. if you go to top of waterfall the trail is A LOT steeper!

hiking
over grown
6 months ago

Very pretty, the trail needs some work right now though! Lots of down trees and branches, but the waterfall is flowinnnn’

hiking
blowdown
washed out
6 months ago

The soda "falls" trail can be hard to find if you've never been. The springs trail is different than the falls trail. The falls trail had a small rock slide/fallen trees so couldn't reach the waterfall. Very beautiful trail though. Easy for all. My 2.5 year old had no trouble walking the trail until the rock slide out which would have been to dangerous for him. Very nice, will do again this summer!

hiking
blowdown
scramble
7 months ago

Exquisitely beautiful trail! Some large blown down trees to scramble over made it more interesting. It’s steep and a good workout and the waterfall at the end is a great reward.

muddy
rocky
7 months ago

I'm excited to do this one in the summer. the trail is pretty hard to see and bumpy but my 6 year old could make it thru and the view at the end of the trail is worth it!

hiking
7 months ago

Good quick one! Lots of winter debris. But worth the out and back!

hiking
7 months ago

Short and only mildly steep, with a beautiful waterfall as a reward. There are a few trees down about midway up the trail but nothing that is impossible to navigate. The place is packed with blooming trillium, and the falls are at high flow and look amazing. Very muddy in spots; waterproof boots are definitely a necessity. Completed this as a twofer along with McDowell Creek.

hiking
closed
muddy
washed out
8 months ago

Wait until May. This trail is covered in fallen trees.

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