McDowell Creek Falls Trail

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McDowell Creek Falls Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lebanon, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
308 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

rocky

Easy hike along McDowell Creek with lower and upper views of Royal Terrace Falls and Majestic Falls. Visitors to the crystal clear water of McDowell Creek will be rewarded with the beautiful vistas of Royal Terrace and Majestic Falls from the bridges and viewing decks along the hiking trails of this lush green park. The McDowell Creek Falls offer exceptional scenery with places to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch. Some fishing and wading is available in the pools below the falls. The trail itself is easy, and great for families.

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12 days ago

This was a nice short hike. trail was clean and clearly marked. Definitely a great short hike. Scenery was amazing. Will do again.

15 days ago

falls are always beautiful. more busy then I would like but my kids always enjoy say hi to everyone ha.

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16 days ago

Perfect short hike with some elevation (and lots of stairs), with pretty waterfalls and beautiful old-growth forest as your payoff.

20 days ago

nice afternoon walk

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1 month ago

The upper trail has a tree across it, but you can either go around or crawl under a branch. It's not terrible if you're reasonably agile. Otherwise a nice home today. A few muddy spots on the upper trail. Lots of water flowing today over the falls.

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1 month ago

What a lovely day to take this hike. Old growth, dense forest and lots to see. There was a down tree, however we were able to shimmy between the branches to get through. There is a bit of a climb up to the top but not too bad, even for a semi inexperienced hiker. Water is around you the entire way. Well worth the drive!!

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1 month ago

This hike is lovely. As stated below, majestic falls trail is inaccessible due to a downed tree. However there is plenty of trail to still enjoy. It's more of a take your time, sort of trail. It is beautiful and lush everywhere you look with most old growth ornamented in lichen. It was nice to stop and meditate on the sound of the falls and rushing river. I will come back, worth an out of the way drive! The air is crisp and there are a cluster of picnic benches at the head of the trail, in case you want to make a day of it. My dog also enjoyed it!

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1 month ago

To me it was a pretty short and easy hike, with mildly difficult stairs but it was BEAUTIFUL. The waterfalls were much bigger than I had thought they were, and had great access to several gorgeous spots.

2 months ago

Short, but incredibly beautiful hike. Hiked it last summer and on April 15th this year. Nice to compare the two hikes and differences in flow rates.