Otter and Big Creek Falls Via Taylor River Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews

Otter and Big Creek Falls Via Taylor River Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
889 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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The pictures do not do the waterfall justice!

Needed an easy hike for my sister who recently injured her knee. It may have been a tad too much for her, but it's a very easy hike. Good footing, not steep. The only steep part was cutting through the woods to get to the falls. READ THE TRAIL DESCRIPTION SO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING!!! Very easy to miss the turn off if you're not paying attention and don't know what to look for.

There were 2 major wash outs within the last half mile to the trail head that only high clearance vehicles and experienced drivers can navigate. But it's just as well as there isn't much parking space at the end anyway. We were in an AWD Jeep Commander and struggled to get through.

The are some loose rocks, but for the most part the footing is good. Much of the path is over grown with salmon berries. There are several culverts to cross which have high water levels right now. Not an issue unless you have issues walking across rocks.

I clocked 9.1 miles from the edge of the trail head to the falls and back, with an elevation gain of just under 800ft. We did it in 4 hours but we were really lolly gagging and stopped at the falls for a while. It could easily be done in 2hrs if you set a good pace. It would be a good trail to run because it's not steep at all.

It's pretty cool as you're under tree cover the whole way and next to a river. It was mid to high 60s today and we all regretted not bringing another layer.

The bugs weren't too bad, but you will want spray. Poles would be fine for the crossings if that's what you normally use. Not necessary the rest of the way. Runners/tennis are fine... But I recommend thicker soled shoes if possible due to the rocky path. Feet might get sore with the distant and that many rocks.

We arrived at the trailhead by 1430 and passed quite a few people coming back, but we were the last ones there.

Falls were really impressive! The rest of the way... Kinda boring... But still, a great home, especially for people not in great shape!

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3 months ago

This was my first solo hike longer than 5 miles! Very happy I chose to do it! Beautiful views of the river and the falls are a real treat to view while taking a break before heading back. I arrived at the trailhead early and avoided the crowds. I will definitely do this hike again!

P.S. I strongly recommend trekking pokes when crossing water!

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Good spring hike. Creek levels are low enough to cross easily on rocks (trekking pole helped for balance). The road in still has a few unpaved sections, and these sadly have huge potholes that may be difficult for low-clearance vehicles.

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