Sweet Creek Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mapleton, 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.

Length1.8 miElevation gain291 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Note: Due to the wildfire burning along Sweet Creek Road near Mapleton, visitors to Sweet Creek Falls Trail will need to take an alternate route to access the trailheads. For more information, please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/siuslaw/alerts-notices

Easy hike along Sweet Creek passes by a ton of waterfalls, with majestic Sweet Creek Falls as a grand finale. In this Coast Range valley, the Sweet Creek Trail follows the scenic cascading waters of Sweet Creek. Each waterfall is framed by mossy rocks and ferns and under a canopy of Douglas-fir, Alder, and Big leaf maple.

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Matthew Wilson
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I love this hike in every season! I believe the unmarked fall on the map is called elk wallow falls. I may be wrong. Water is flowing great right now! Easy hike for most

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HikingGreat!Muddy

Amazing hike. Easy family hike that's beautiful from beginning to end. Right now the creek is running very high so the falls are spectacular. A very popular hike so go early or during the week. If the first parking lot is full there's a second lot a little ways to the road. If you're planning on this hike give yourself an extra 20 minutes to drive up the road to see Beaver Creek Falls

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John Meier
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Great hike, trail wet and muddy in spots

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Chris Hoover
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Beautiful views the entire way out and back.

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Caitlyn Blumenshein
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Super easy! Loved all the waterfalls and we went around 11 so there was a pretty glow on everything! Parking filled up super quick also

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danette elliott-mullens
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Beautiful Classic Oregon Peaceful Definitely heavily used so be careful when you go if want it to yourself

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Emily Lassen
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BEST HIKE EVER!!! This hike is one of our family favorites that we just keep coming back to again and again and again. Anytime family comes into town we try to make a point of doing this hike and then making it to the coast afterwards for a bonfire. This hike is insanely gorgeous - I mean... every turn you take there’s something else jaw dropping beautiful. I kid you not it’s that good. They should call this hike the Trail of Many Falls because there is just waterfall after waterfall after waterfall here. Each one so unique and majestic. Be sure to start the hike at that first parking lot rather than the middle one. I learned recently there’s even one further back to hike the other side of the river. So I have yet to do that hike. But our personal favorite is to start at that first trailhead - that way headed south on the trial is the best view of the gorgeous trail in my opinion. This hike is very kid friendly and easy enough. Just a pleasant walk through some lush Oregon woods. Enjoy!!

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Genevieve Beecher
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Went on black Friday 2020 and it was super busy! most people wore masks but not all. regardless, we found social distant areas to hang down by the water. this trail is an easy hike, lots of waterfalls and rushing water on the trail, cool walking bridges, and a option for closer parking (less hike) for those who only want to walk .5 mile round trip. I like the longer, 2 mile hike round better, as the former skips bridges and extra water features. highly recommended but be prepared to see lots of people on holiday weekends. I hike this trail with 2kids 5 yrs old.

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Julie Yarbrough
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January 17, 2021. I haven't been here in a while. Loved it again! The rush of the creek is with you the whole way. I went to the upper lookout for the first time, thought it would be harder than it was. Better view of the upper falls up there. Not too busy when I arrived about 10am this Sunday morning, but parking lot was full when I came back. The other parking lot up a ways makes for a much shorter hike, but that lot wasn't crowded at all. Please pack it out. Someone left their to-go food packaging on the side of the trail. Ugh.

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Stella Villada
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Easy hike. There are pools you could swim in summer

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Shane Wooton
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Nice hike to a decent waterfall. If you do Sweet Creek you may as well drive up the road and see Beaver Creek Falls.

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Casey Toone
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Easy hike with my 6 year old and 2 year old! There are some slim parts of the trail but the water falls are ah-mazing!

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DeAnna Breen
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Oh Love it!! Parked further ahead on the trail closer to the waterfall as the parking was full at the main entrance. This trail didn’t disappoint. And there was a geo cache at the top.

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Beth Dimler
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Easy and enjoyable walk along waterfalls! and the end did not disappoint!

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marci Jellison
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Sasha Sterner
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Beautiful! Lots of waterfalls along the path. Easy for all ages.

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Jennifer Guiley
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Would be even better to come back in summer and get in the water.

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Nicole Young
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HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

Beautiful easy hike for anyone. Quite a few people out when I went but it was a Sunday so that is expected. The trail is beautiful the entire hike and runs right alongside the river.

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Justin Filip
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We tried to come here back on August 30th, but the area caught fire that day. Thankfully, most of this was protected. Trail is in good condition.

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Dawn Allen
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Gorgeous with fall leaves coming n the trail & plenty of water in the falls.

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Ron Jellison
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Steven Spindel
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Trail is open. Drove beyond the 1st trailhead (Homestead) to Sweet Creek Falls trailhead (road becomes one lane). Tons of leaves on the trail. From there hiked to falls. 1st section of switchback to upper viewpoint not well kept, with one branch down that's navigable. Upon returning, I stayed on the Sweet Creek trail down to the Homestead trailhead - which was well worth it! Recommend hiking from Homestead to the Falls!

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Misti Hartzell Jones
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well marked easy trail, the upper viewpoint is in a little bit of disrepair, otherwise, brilliant, not crowded tuesday fall afternoon spent with the waterfalls

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Adam Ferriss
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I think I was the 1 other person with the dog the previous reviewer mentioned. Like they said, there were no signs that the trail was closed and it's listed as open on the forest service website. Some work was happening on the road near Mapleton but other than that it was all clear. Super nice short and sweet hike!

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Katie W
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We hiked it today and there were no signs that the hike was closed or there are fines? The water is low so the falls weren’t the best. There was a tree down near the top of the falls. We saw just one other person and their dog. Small trailhead with not a ton of parking. They were doing some work on the road but we were able to continue through when signed to do so.

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