Explore the most popular forest trails near Oakridge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

The trail was very lightly trafficked despite the crowds at salt creek falls. Once you cross the train tracks be careful to look for the trail to the left of the road directly ahead.

8/11/18
No nesting eagles this year, one pair of osprey at middle lake. No mosquitos at this time. Tons of Huckleberries, both blue and red Yumm!

hiking
4 days ago

8/12/18- Hazardous Hornets!
Fire ecology on display along Rebel Creek. The 2017 Revel Rock fire left most trees scorched but alive. The trail was apparently used by fire crews for access as some materials are still piled along trail. Otherwise this trail would likely not be open at all. Many trees continue to fall and debris rolling down hillside create new obstacles along trail.
DANGER-
About 2 miles in on Rebel Creek our dog attacked a hornets nest and turned us back. Our group of three sustained about a dozen stings while we ran away along a narrow section of trail with a steep drop.

Logging road 5847 was closed so we had to take an alternate route after having already traveled up the road awhile. It was very time consuming and I felt there wasn’t enough signage. Short hike, nice trail to walk on. The water was a nice break. Will have to go during a different time of year because it looks nothing like some of the pictures posted.

I’ve done this twice now! It is a beautiful one to keep coming back to. Pack bug spray!!

Really enjoyed this hike! There were two or three different waterfalls that were pretty neat. The last mile up to the falls is a little bit of a butt kicker but the waterfall is worth it. You can also continue a mile past the falls and head to Vivian Lake. The shore was a little muddy but it was great for a swim to cool down! The way back is all downhill and fairly shaded. Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice out and back hike. We were able to climb to the upper part of the falls and the kids enjoyed playing in the water. Really shaded area with some beautiful trees and pools.

hiking
27 days ago

Went late in the season. Not a lot of water was flowing but still an enjoyable experience. I plan on coming back when the water is really raging.

hiking
27 days ago

It’s a great easy hike. Takes about an hour to get to the trailhead from Cottage Grove and about about 30 minutes to get to the waterfall and back. Combined with some other trails in the area and it’s a decent day.

beautiful hike with great views of diamond peak and a few smaller lakes along the way. I started at 740 am and was at the base of mount yoran at 845 or so. I had planned on scrambling to the summit but holy hell the mosquitos in this area are straight out of hell. I must have killed a hundred of them and still got dozens of bug bites. the evil little things were even able to keep you with me while I was hiking and eventually drove me away from the summit as I couldn't move fast enough up the scree fields to get away from them. I'd only reccomend this if you're covered in long pants and long sleeves with a buff over your head and neck and even then you'd better jump in a vat of feet before heading out.

hiking
1 month ago

Short, but beautiful hike. The falls are gorgeous. While the hike is short, the falls are pretty enough to spend a while taking in the view. Bring a book and a picnic, and hang out for a while. Dip your toes in the cool water.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was a good climb with even better views at the top! Hit a small snow patch, but it was easy to pass. Beware of the mosquitoes! 6/24/18.

Great hike for kids and also good for elderly although they might have stop a few times before they reach the waterfall. They’re are a lot of great view points and one of the best waterfalls is at the beginning of the hike. Definitely recommend

Just a short 1 mile round trip to a cascading waterfall. Lots of moss and rocks makes this waterfall very pretty. There is a picnic bench at the beginning of the trail as well as at the base of the falls.

Nice short hike to beautiful falls. Would be a lovely place for a picnic with young kids. Easy to get to,

hiking
1 month ago

I took Mom on this hike, hoping we could both make it to the top. She made it up the talus slope to the north twin, and I went on to the south twin as well while she stayed behind. She was a little nervous at the appearance of the trail to the south twin, though in reality it was not as bad as the initial ascent to the north twin. Awesome views from both peaks. The south peak offers a bit more because it has the same view of the Sisters, Broken Top and a dozen other peaks, but it also has a view to the east and south. Over a half dozen lakes are visible from the trail including the entire outline of huge Waldo Lake below. There were swarms of mosquitoes waiting for us at the trailhead, and they were present everywhere except the very top. Picaridin repellent worked just fine to keep them from biting. This is no joke of an ascent. I'm proud of Mom that she made it up because it is mostly a relentlessly steep climb nearly from the beginning. It starts out gradual but gets steeper on the approach to the summits. Bring hiking poles or find a good walking stick along the trail. The descent on the talus lava rock back down from the summit is challenging for those without sure footing. I was fine, but Mom found it challenging. This is not a crowded trail. It seems not many people know about it, and the pull-off from the road is a little hard to spot.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, very easy slopes up and down but not too much. Beautiful scenery the whole trip. Falls were amazing. Picnic table at trail head and at the falls. Very short climb to second waterfall tier. If you feel adventurous after that you can keep climbing to the top but you might do some rock climbing so come prepared. Wounderful place!!! We love it!

hiking
1 month ago

attempted the Creek trail, but due to excessive burn out from the summer before, we probably only got .5 mile in. The Creek is pretty, though, and worth the stop if you come up FR19 from the south. It is still blocked from the north due to a rock slide at Cougar Reservoir.

a very nice trail . great view points and I liked that the view points were marked. great family hike for my 5yr and 6yr. trail I feel went up hill numerous times.. you'll feel it..

backpacking
1 month ago

It’s a great trail to see some awesome views 365• of diamond , sisters, Jefferson, Waldo & Odell lake.
It’s pretty easy, has a good elevation gain that zig zags up to an incredible flat peak with extremely steep cliffs and an amazing view.
Recommend you drive there in an SUV or a vehicle w good bro if clearance as you have to drive approximately 5.7 miles up a gravel road ( we did it in our 07 VW Passat which is a little low)

We went @ 1030 am and didn’t see another person the whole time, tons of beautiful areas to go off trail & picnic, etc.

We tried to drive to this trail after hiking Spirit Falls, but we couldn't get any traction on the road with the snow. The elevation is higher than spirit falls, so it was snowing instead of raining. We turned around and did not do the hike. I would try it again in later spring/summer. If you go at this time bring chains!

The diamond creek loop was fantastic! We took the extra short hike down to the base of Salt Creek- well worth it!
The out and back portion takes you to fall creek falls (and continues on 2 miles that to Vivian Lake, which we did not do). The last approx. 3/4 mile to Fall Creek falls is pretty steep and filled with mosquitoes. While I appreciated the workout, the waterfall itself didn’t make the climb and the 20+ mosquito bites worth it. The view left a lot to be desired. Unless you want the extra workout and brought your bug spray, I’d skip this portion and stick with the loop. The loop trail does not disappoint!

Beautiful crisp hike this morning. No bugs due to cool air. Peaceful!

The falls were flowing well and the hike there was smooth, though there was standing water in spots for the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

There are several driving routes to find the trailhead to the falls and our first attempt was unsuccessful.

Second attempt was grandly rewarded by an easy, beautiful hike to the uplifting Spirit Falls.

Very pretty falls, good viewpoints, and an enjoyable trail in between. Great for anyone looking for an easily accessible moderate trail.

Overgrown in some areas with fallen logs can get around a good trail running trail for conditioning. The waterfalls are best viewed in the spring/early summer with the snow melt.
There are little blue diamonds throughout the trail that help guide you through the trails/overgrowth. When in doubt look for the blue diamonds.

Salt Creek falls was incredible. It’s accessible from the parking lot and a quick walk on a cement path. Diamond falls is a couples miles in, and there are two viewing points. Depending on which fork you take on the loop (I recommend going left first) you’ll get to see diamond falls from the upper view first. The second viewing point is the lower point. Part of this trail is washed out, I didn’t feel comfortable proceeding to this view point. From what we were told, the view is about the same as the upper point which is completely accessible, and just a view of the falls from a different angle. Don’t feel bad if you can’t make it, part of it is pretty sketchy. Go at your own risk.

Side note: there is a trail that will proceed off to Vivian lake, which is what I believe the primary hiker did on the main recording. A couple of miles in you reach a crossing that gets pretty deep. If you don’t mind getting your shoes soaked, or want to brave the cold water bear foot, then take this trail. Even if you don’t make it to the lake, it’s still pretty awesome to see because there’s some snow left in this area.

Overall, this trail was completely worth the drive wherever you’re coming from!

The fall isn't marked with any signage from the main road. You will only see a hiking sign then you will need to turn on another road for parking and this is where you will see the sign for Moon falls. The waterfall was beautiful. A picnic table and end of the fall so you can have a lunch.

hiking
3 months ago

We the company of 9 tried to make it today to the lake. Honestly tried but had to bail because the higher the more the trail was covered with snow and thus hard to find. We reached Fall Creek Falls and took pictures, will probably give it another try in summer.

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