Trestle Creek Falls Loop

MODERATE 36 reviews
#6 of 50 trails in

Trestle Creek Falls Loop is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Culp Creek, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1568 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

no dogs

Two falls, lower and upper falls. To visit the upper falls from the trailhead, follow the path to the right as it climbs, steeply at times, up through a series of switchbacks. Moss-covered old-growth Douglas fir and cedar tower above the trail and Trestle Creek canyon. After 1 mile, the trail reaches the base of the 90-foot-high Upper Trestle Creek Falls. The falls drop from an overhanging basalt bluff and into a moss- and fern-lined pool. The trail then passes behind the falls, and back down a meandering trail for another mile to Brice Creek. Turn left and follow the creek upstream. After 0.5 mile, a short trail to the left leads 0.25 mile to Lower Trestle Creek Falls (To reach the parking area, continue straight for 0.25 mile.). This 45-foot-high fan cascades down a moss-covered basalt rock face and into a small shallow pool. This is a photographer's playground, from the old-growth cedar and fir to the moss- and fern-lined creek and falls themselves. The best light is in the early morning or late afternoon.

2 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

Directions to this trail are pretty spot on. There is a tiny "parking spot" that might fit 2-3 cars across the narrow road from the trailhead. It is almost exactly right after the bridge at Champion creek, a bit up the road from Lund Park. Starting on the upper falls trail is longer and steeper but you can't hate a hike that makes you sweat! Plus, going this way first gives you a great first view of the upper falls, which were totally worth the work out (the "moderate" rating is up for debate). The trial leading behind the falls looked like it wasn't passable but it was easy and really great. I can see if you do this hike in wetter weather, it would be extremely dangerous.
Then it is a shorter downhill hike to the junction with the Brice Creek trail. That junction is a sharp left turn, it will take you to a bridge, the left turn to take the .25 detour to the lower falls is right before the footbridge. At the time I write this, some of the signs have been left leaning against trees, not in their usual spots. Anyway, the short hike up to the lower falls is worth it! If you've ever tried to go to Oneonta Gorge and had to deal with tons of people, this is like a mini version of that with less people. So cool!

Great hike, skinny, steep and rough trail, hard to pass other people that's how skinny, but worth the drive. During the date hiked LOTS of mosquitoes, bring bug spray.

1 month ago

The Upper Falls was quite a surprise! Technically, the trail is "closed" due to logging until end of April, but I didn't see that sign until I finished haha.

Overall beautiful trail/are!

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

nice water fall, loop trail that connects with Bruce Creek Trail as well

5 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

great longer hike. unpopulated and seemingly isolate. trees were mossy and the logs were loggy. 10/10 would hike again.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail. Great little hike.

9 months ago

9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

11 months ago

Cons: mosquitos when it's hot, some super steep parts of the hike, and I've never walked through so many spider webs in my life.

Pros: the waterfall, walking behind the waterfall, dipping your feet in the pool, when you hike back you don't run into any spiderwebs because you already knocked them all down on the way up. :)

Overall worth it. The waterfall was beautiful and it was a beautiful hike.

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

gorgeous great for kids 5 and up, great for dogs

hiking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Perfect loop trail. Waterfalls are beautiful with the bonus of walking behind them. Got some exercise and photos of spring flowers! Would definitely do again.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Great hike! Worth the hike ☺️

Saturday, April 23, 2016

hiking
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

This is a fun trail, not difficult with a good dense forest pathway at times. The falls at the top is unique, given you can walk right behind the water. Worth the hike.

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

great parking, loop trail heads start together. path is well maintained. I suggest, start on lower trail head, stop at lower falls, then head up to the upper. very well worth the hike when you come around the corner. Very awesome.