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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

trail running

forest

waterfall

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

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.

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
12 days 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
12 days 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
14 days 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
18 days 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
25 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

1 month ago

nice trail

1 month ago

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

hiking
over grown
1 month 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
4 months ago

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

walking
10 months ago

Just realize that it’s almost all uphill going out. Not very long but all uphill. Of course, coming back is all downhill. Quick fast walk.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The kids completely fell in love with this one, their faces on getting to stand under the fall was an amazing memory! add that to the short distance and a nice dip in the river when finished it's completely worth it and so nice. we have done it a few times and each time it's been a little busier than the last. it can be muddy in the spring but a great little hike close to home. If you adventure around the river, you can spot a few more tiny falls.

hiking
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Beautiful little woodland trail , easy lots of ferns, moss and old grown. Falls are minimal size.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Beautiful falls and well worth the hike but be warned this is not an easy trail. Trail is very steep and narrow in places. You have to step aside if you meet anyone on the way. To get to any decent view of the falls you have to climb over a good size rock pile. I gave it a 4 because the falls were so beautiful. If you are older or not in the best of shape plan on many breaks.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I've completed this a few times now, it's a short hike that is very easy to get to (driving and trailhead wise.) Steady uphill trail all the way to the falls. Still mud in May but that's expected everywhere. My biggest complaint is the bug factor because of the mud areas. For those who might not know/first time, stay to the right whenever it seems to fork off on the way to the falls. I love that the creek runs next to the trail the entire way. If you decide to venture to the bottom of the falls it is steep and can be slick with mud. My two big dogs had no problem with the entire trail, and loved getting in the water at the falls!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Great short hike. Would have loved to have the dogs along. It was a little muddy however.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The falls are so beautiful! I was the only human in sight on a Wednesday morning. Getting close to the falls really makes you feel the energy of the water and reflect on the lessons a river can teach us.

hiking
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Great short hike. The trail was pretty muddy so have hiking boots or possibly rubber boots.

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