Shellburg and Stassel Falls Trail

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Shellburg and Stassel Falls Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mehama, 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
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1062 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

muddy

snow

Easy hike to two waterfalls in the Santiam Foothills. At Shellburg Falls you can walk behind the waterfall. The Shellburg Falls Recreation Area is located near Lyons, Oregon in the Santiam State Forest and is managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. It offers a peaceful, secluded recreational experience. Whether you enjoy camping, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian riding, or simply exploring nature, you'll find many things to do and see. It is an easy trail that winds its way through giant Douglas-fir and Hemlock trees and under the Shellburg Falls. There is also a small campground nearby, facilities include picnic tables, fire rings with barbecue grills and restroom facilities. Currently there are four campsites available which are first come first serve. For visitors wanting to escape the crowds and enjoy a quiet camping trip this is an excellent location.

hiking
15 days ago

I make it a ritual to visit and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall and trails. A nice little hike for all members of the family. Respect the beauty of the forest and leave no trace.

19 days ago

Great for kids, and very easy to access from Salem.

21 days ago

A gorgeous trail on a gorgeous day! Heads up though! We met the farmer on our way in and he said “in a couple of months there will be calves in the field and if the come up to you the moms might chase you” I asked what do we do if this happens and he said .... “I don’t know”!

hiking
1 month ago

Very few people compared to Silver Falls, with beautiful falls and scenery.

3 months ago

Very few people on a beautiful fall Monday morning. Both falls were nice even though there was not much water at this time of year.

trail running
3 months ago

Fun and easily marked trail to run on and a bonus with Shellburg Falls to be able to run behind it!

5 months ago

Awesome waterfalls, comparable to Silver Falls ( it's apart of the same drainage) especially in the spring! Lots of different trails to make different loops. Fun for the day and to keep your hiking legs in shape and close to town if you're in the Salem area. Only downside is the gravel road sections, but hell if that's all there is to complain about this trail I'd say you'll be ok... I come back here time and time again when a quick escape is needed.

hiking
5 months ago

Aside from the 1.5 miles to the falls I've been walking on service roads and paths around a camp ground. Let me not forget to mention the road through someone's cattle ranch that chokes of manure. After talking to a worker I learned that really all of the "trails" people have logged are service roads so I opted out of doing the full gravel road loop. There are a few trails cutting across the service roads but mostly seem like things to do if you're a kind d camping. This was disappointing.
It should really just be listed as a walk to the falls and completely leave out the service road trails. I mean unless you're from the area and it's just the only option over a treadmill. Don't get me wrong, the one falls is pretty, the other one coming out from under the road is kind me of killed because it comes out from under the road. Certainly wasn't worth the drive from Portland.

hiking
6 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. Loved it so much I went 3 times in a month. Gorgeous waterfalls & peaceful wooded trails.

6 months ago

This hike is easy and beautiful. I have done this hike multiple times; once in the snow. It's also a great hike if you have dogs.

hiking
6 months ago

The hike (or walk) up to the falls is pleasant. There are free range cattle and you go over several cattle guards on your way up the gravel road. Lots of beautiful wildflowers! The loop was ok, but not spectacular. There are one or two spots with incredible views but the rest was meh. The mud I read about had dried up. Be sure to wear good shoes, lots of gravel and rocks!

6 months ago

Too crowded! Parking lot is always full & road parking is dangerous. I'd recommend a different trail, just too many people.

hiking
6 months ago

This hike was a huge disappointment. First of all, the first 1 1/2 miles was just walking up a rock covered dirt road. Then you get to the 1st waterfall, which is very pretty. Just be careful walking the trail up to it, especially if you have children with you. There is quite a bit of poison oak growing on both sides of the path. Then the trail that leads to the second falls is a little over grown and has poison oak growing all over the trail. I couldn't even make it 10 mins down the trail, since I had on shorts and didnt want to end up with a nasty rash. I had to turn around and go back. I did not enjoy this hike, very boring just walking down a dirt road and a very good chance to get poison oak as well.

hiking
7 months ago

I love this hike it was my second ti me yesterday, took really long to get to the waterfall cause I took my 2 yr old & everything moves at her pace lol. but it was worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike with the kids; well marked and maintained trails!

7 months ago

Just did a 6 mile hike this morning. Love this local hike! If you get a map you can map long and short hikes. Trails are well taken care of. One of my favs.

7 months ago

It was a great hike! I just wish there wasn't a long gravel road before the nice trails. Overall it was a great experience!

7 months ago

What a beautiful waterfall. My family and I hiked this including my 4 year old grandson.

8 months ago

Easy hike for families. Beautiful waterfalls.

8 months ago

Gtreat hike! Lots of beautiful scenery❤

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