Trestle Creek Falls Loop

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Umpqua National Forest

Trestle Creek Falls Loop is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dorena, 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: 1,269 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.

3 days ago

beautiful.

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail! Not muddy except for right by the upper falls! It’s really steep for the first mile or so but then it flattens out and is super enjoyable. All shady and really well maintained, all the debris from the winter storms has been cleared out well. Went in the morning around 9 and only 3 cars but by the time we left at 1 it was packed. Just side road parking, no lot. The upper falls are worth the hike, the trail even goes behind the falls for a great vantage point. My fiancé proposed to me at the base of the falls without a soul in sight :) would recommend!!

hiking
muddy
20 days ago

Great trail, a little steep at first but the upper falls are beautiful. The loop was a little tricky to follow but ended up being able to figure out with directions from the app. All in all, a nice afternoon.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiking/Obstacle trail due to large tree clean up that’s changed the flow of the trail. Still beautiful and a great workout. But definitely more difficult to navigate. Watch your footing. Slightly muddy in some areas but not too bad.

Was a great hike! Highly recommend!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

fully recommend this hike, I had to leave before finishing the loop due to work but you can bet I'll be back another day

hiking
1 month ago

Just did this hike with my two boys ages five and six and it’s on our top favorites! The hike to the falls is beautiful and the waterfall is an epic one! Walking behind any falls is great but this one is intimate and you get so close to the water. Simply stunning.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike, trail mostly clear of fallen trees, only a few you need to get around. Moderate traffic. Hiked it at the end of March

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

A few spots are muddy. There was a recent storm so there is a ton of trees down. However the path is cut back so you can easily get through. The upper falls are beautiful! It was awesome to sit under them! The lower falls are a quick hike but still just as picturesque. Would do again. Not heavily trafficked either.

blowdown
muddy
scramble
1 month ago

Was a very fun trail steep at times muddy but a good exciting adventure the waterfall in the upper area was beautiful.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Muddy but really beautiful hike. Loved getting to hike backbehind the waterfall and along the river too

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Gorgeous hike! A little steeper than I had thought but amazing! From trees, fog, a little snow, a beautiful waterfall to hike behind, and a crystal clear creek we loved it.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
icy
muddy
2 months ago

Beautiful trail great for a day hike. Two majestic waterfalls and the upper waterfall is amazing as you can walk behind it. Me and a buddy camped above the upper waterfall. Very recommended.

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
muddy
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

Definitely challenging with the fallen trees from last year and February conditions but passable and so worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Really beautiful hike, there were lots of downed trees and some really muddy areas that were tough to get through. The waterfall is great though. And one of the only spots I’ve seen recently with free parking!!

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Very muddy but so worth it. the waterfall is full and gorgeous right now, the trail actually goes behind the fall. There were a lot of other hikers out today as it was a sunny February Sunday. There were a few downed trees and slides but you can easily identify where the trail is and climb over the obstacles. If you have poles I would recommend bringing them, the mud is very slick. I am a moderate skilled but slow hiker and we didn't encounter any issues. will hike again.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Great trail, good hike. It was pretty muddy today but the fall was running hard and beautiful. Couple spots you have to climb over fallen trees but manageable.

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of recently fallen trees to climb over but the loop was passable. Beautiful hike!

hiking
5 months ago

A good hike, today (12/1) was a bit muddy with a little snow on the trail. I wish I had taken my poles for a few spots that were a little tricky, root wells and some steeper slick spots, I wasn’t feeling sure footed in many spots! Quite eye opening to see all the downed trees, thanks to the trail crews who have done an excellent job clearing it. Very pretty falls and area, I’d go again when the falls have a heavier flow.

hiking
6 months ago

November 17th, 2019. The trail is clear and accessible. A couple places where it’s a bit of a muddy scramble but not too bad at all. You get to see how many trees are down that they had to clear!

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