Santiam Wagon Road to House Rock

MODERATE 20 reviews
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Santiam Wagon Road to House Rock is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascadia, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

4.9 miles
931 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips


trail running


horseback riding






old growth

Beautiful hike along an old wagon road on the Santiam River includes a giant rock, a cave, a waterfall, and a campground. The Santiam Wagon Road is a historic cattle road which goes from Sisters, Oregon to Albany, Oregon. This hike to House Rock is probably the most intact piece of the original wagon road, this segment will provide you with a true sense of early travel. The road parallels the South Santiam River and winds through lush old growth forests and crosses several tributaries along the way.

13 days ago

Gorgeous hike. This time of year it was a bit muddy and snow covered in some areas with some small trees down. All in all well worth the views and the waterfall by House rock is spectacular.

21 days ago

Fun hike with my son

2 months ago

2 months ago

3 months ago

Had a little trouble finding the turn off coming from Redmond and doubled back but once parked it was nice that there was no parking or usage fee.We parked at the gate, crossed a bridge and found the trail head clearly marked. The hike in was gorgeous! The old growth and moss on the trees was spectacular...and a little creepy. We didn't see a soul and plowed through a lot of spider webs for half the trail. Once we got to the House Rock camp ground area, there were more signs of life and clear markers. The falls were beautiful (I'm a falls junkie) but I couldn't view them as I would've liked without wading into the river. There may be better viewing from the top, but we didn't venture further up the Santiam Wagon Road: next year. Very pretty, crazy green and not too buggy...or maybe that was the Deet I'd bathed in. Worth the effort.

4 months ago

This is a pleasant and easy trail with very little traffic. There are several stream crossings, most of which barely get your shoes wet. There is one crossing a little over a mile in that is a little tricky and if there were more water flowing, some good knee-high waterproof boots would be necessary. The reward at the end of this hike is House Rock Falls along with a swimming hole or two. However, people can easily drive to House Rock campground, so it would probably be busy around House Rock and the falls in mid-summer. One of the nice features of this trail is that it's mostly downhill heading back to the trailhead, so if you're tired, it's an easy walk.

4 months ago

We just did the first half of this trail and it was so gorgeous! You can hear the road below occasionally, but it feels very secluded. Tall grass and ferns. It was awesome!

5 months ago

It started out great, but just over a mile into it the creek was too high to cross without getting totally wet. We will go back when it drys out a bit

5 months ago

There is lots to look at, a few Creeks we had to cross, the water was high so our feet were totally wet and muddy. But it was fun anyways. Good leg workout. moderate is the correct level for this hike.

9 months ago

10 months ago

If you're looking for a short easy hike in between showers on a rainy day, this is it. There's a small cave right off the start of the trail that is easily accessible and has a small stream running through it. At the end of the House Rock Falls trail is a gorgeous roaring waterfall. For a historical treat, take the Santiam Wagon Trail which used to be the highway between Albany and Sisters.

11 months ago

Nice hike that the whole family went on. It was really neat going into the "cave" there was a lot water running through it but I had my water proof hiking boots on. Would recommend this hike.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Nice hike! There is a camp ground you can park at that is only .5mi away from the falls or you can take this lovely trail through the forest. Either way- House Rock Falls is pretty cool! It's super slippery getting to the base though so be careful!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

nice easy hike with some fun falls as the pay off at the end!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Monday, August 08, 2016

Beautiful hike!!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Monday, November 11, 2013