Santiam Wagon Road to House Rock

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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
603 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


trail running







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.

6 days ago

Nice hike. Little overgrown in spots and a bit of scramble to get to the falls. The water was beautiful and cool :)

22 days ago

Very great little hike! Not too hard at all, some up hill parts, but just enough to speed your breath up. The map seemed to be a bit off, but I’m no expert on that. Very beautiful and green. Plan to go back with a hammock and a book!

28 days ago

First, there's no parking/usage fees but there is limited parking near the gate (right after a large brown/green house on the left and a scenic byway sign on the right), otherwise you'll have to park off the highway. Id say near the gate it'll probably fit 6-7 cars.
Second, this is great for dogs but probably not smaller or older dogs as there are some downed logs and large rocks you have to get over.
Third, there's some streams but easily maneuvered around. I imagine in spring they are not passable without walking through them.
Fourth, there are quite a few spots with growth hanging over the path, no biggie for most, but some may want to wear long sleeves/pants. Some growth is salmon(?)berry bushes with small thorns.
All in all, the hike was awesome! Some spots where you need to hoof it but the end is worth it. The falls near the House Rock are beautiful. Got there at 8 and saw no one else until we were almost back at the beginning.

3 months ago

Simple and well marked trail thru old growth. awesome destination at house rock. only one creek area that is potentially difficult to traverse depending on the water flow

5 months ago

Nice trail but can't do it all this time of year (March) without waterproof boots (or a willingness to finish the hike with wet feet). About 1.2 miles in there is a 20 foot wide creek flowing into the Santiam that cannot be crossed without getting into the water. During the summer months this is likely a small stream that is easily crossed but not this time of year. You will also find a small stream earlier in the hike. We were able to find a log just a bit upstream to cross this one or our hike would have ended there. We are looking forward to finishing this one come summer.

10 months 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.

10 months ago

Fun hike with my son

Friday, July 07, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

Monday, May 01, 2017

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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

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.

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!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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

Monday, August 08, 2016

Beautiful hike!!

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