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
288 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

hiking
7 days ago

This is a somewhat short and easy hike. There were a couple cool bridges and catwalks in front of the two falls on trail offering spectacular views of them. The trail was a bit muddy in spots and had some snow along the edges, but the only difficult part was the stone steps. I decided to do the route in reverse so I hit the stairs on the way down. May be easier to go up the stairs than down. There are some picnic tables and firepits down by the river. You can make a day of it and have some lunch alongside the river in a beautifully green surrounding.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike ( short though ) but fairly easy. Only partially difficult part is the stairs to Royal Terrace Falls which are a bit steep and slippery. The drive isn’t bad at either ( few pot holes here and there )

hiking
24 days ago

Mini Silver falls! Easy almost two mile hike. I decided to go left at the lower falls and save the stairs till the way back. It might have been easier to hit the stairs first. I thought with the snow on the ground in late March they might be slippery, but weren't. Amazing full falls at this time of year. As I noticed by other pics, that other times the flow is quite a bit less. Must go during melting season. Great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Disappointing. The trail is definitely not for the very young, the very old, or anyone with mobility issues. The trails are very steep and not well maintained. It looks like there was cinder/gravel on the trails at one point but in many (most) places that surface has been ground into the dirt and what is on top is really slimy mud. In one steep place we saw before we gave up and turned back there were 3 foot skid marks. Also the "steps" near the upper parking area are not at all what the county park shows on the website. These were made of stones, apparently quite a while ago. The "steps" have broken up and resettled into a very uneven course. In places the next step is more than knee high. At the lower parking lot, there is indeed a waterfall, but there is so much brush in the way that it is not at all visible. We walked downstream a ways to see if there was a point at which it could be viewed and did not find any place where the waterfall was visible. It is really too bad they didn't locate the bridge that crosses the creek 20 feet below the falls instead of 20 feet above the falls. You can see where the water goes over, but no view of the falls proper. The area itself is quite nice. Perhaps the county can find some money for needed maintenance.

hiking
1 month ago

This place is nice it's a cute small simple trail that's family friendly we found it randomly while looking for another trail we couldn't find in the area so that was strange lol.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail system for picnicking and waterfall hikes. Well maintained county park with restrooms and wooden stairs and viewing platforms . Family friendly

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with some beautiful water falls. Picnic tables, bathroom, and grills at the trailhead

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! I would recommend even on a rainy day. The wooden stairs had a layer of ice from the snow this past week so we took it slow going down.

1 month ago

This hike has two fantastic waterfalls. Went on a snowy day. Had no trouble, but it was muddy. Easy hike with a great payoff!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike today! Beautiful day to be out there! Overall good trail. Prev reviews and tags accurate that there are several spots that are pretty muddy, several spots that walking with your kiddos (especially younger ones) would be challenging. My wife and I took our retriever and our chihuahua mix, and 5 yr old daughter along and faced a few challenges because of that combination. Came across a few downed trees across the paths but not difficult to pass by. There is one area as you approach a one of the bridges to begin the second half of the loop where the trail is sort of washed out so walking two by two (i.e
- hand in hand with a 5 yr old) is a bit iffy. Fortunately even if you lost footing, it’s only about 4 ft to the bank below. Also, at the junction towards the beginning of the loop if you opt to go left to see the Royal Terrace Falls first then make the climb around the loop and back down long after the Majestic Falls, you’ll be faced with coming down that route had you gone to the right at that junction, which consists of about 100 pretty slippery stairs (because they are made out of rocks). Again, these things make it a little challenging with two dogs or a younger child. However, despite these little things, this IS NATURE! Can’t expect perfection! Would definitely do this trail again!

hiking
2 months ago

It can get super muddy, and slicky in the winter, but overall it was a beautiful family friendly hike.

2 months ago

Great place. Easy hike with 3 beautiful waterfalls. People of all ages and dogs can walk the trail. I highly recommend this hike!

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite spots to hike and shoot photos year round. Beautiful waterfalls, tables for picnics, gorgeous scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. I’ve come here many times and it never disappoints. Relatively easy hike for all ages. Has lots of things to see for how short the hike is.

3 months ago

It was a great day activitie. Friendly to all types of walkers slow or fast. Super Dog friendly!

3 months ago

Loved the Falls, kids really enjoyed it!

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful spot

3 months ago

absolutely beautiful

hiking
5 months ago

Great family hike. There are some sketchy areas if you take a wrong turn. You can either maneuver threw them or turn around and go back. Either way a good Morning/afternoon hike. There are stairs so no strollers unless you want a very short hike to the first falls out and back.

6 months ago

great hike for the family, excessive dog poop. Lazy dog owners suck

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7 months ago

Great falls, two of them! and plenty of picnic tables for lunch

7 months ago

Easy hike. Nice waterfall.

7 months ago

I need to go back. We went in a low rainfall year the second fall wasn't even flowing. Pretty though, the stairs are a different touch.

nature trips
7 months ago

Beautiful area. Difficulty can increase with weather (slippery when wet) or during/after a wet winter or spring, due to trail damage, fallen trees etc. We've lost some bridges to the rain at times, so some loop hikes may turn into extremely short out and backs. :-)

7 months ago

Very beautiful park. Lovely trails and waterfalls!!!

hiking
7 months ago

This Trail is an absolute favorite of my daughter and mine. We have been here a few times to play in the water and have an amazing hike. You never know what's going to happen or what you will see, the beauty and wild life is absolutely breathtaking. Always a fun drive out there and a wonderful time hiking.

hiking
7 months ago

I try to do this hike once a week, because the waterfalls are gorgeous. Great place for picnics, walking the dog and just getting out in nature.

7 months ago

Really great place to take the kids and dog. I like that there are so many areas just off the trail to get your feet wet or have a picnic. Also a few different trail options.

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