Explore the most popular walking 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.

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
6 days 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
6 days 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

One of my favorites

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
15 days 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
16 days 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..

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.

Love the variety of scenery here. There was still snow on the ground in areas, but trails still easily accessible. the uncollapsed mine was flooded at this time of year.

hiking
1 month 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.

easy trial, short hike. Couple of really nice spots along the river. Chuckle springs is in a burn area (2010) so it's pretty exposed and not too scenic. The middle fork trail is nice though.

Breathe taking. A must see!

Hiked on 4/26.
Gate still locked about .7 miles from parking lot. Snow on about 1/4 if the trail, so make sure you have waterproof boots. Blazes are easily visible when you can’t see the trail.
Both falls are in full volume so if you enjoy solitude, don’t mind a bit of snow, now is the time to hike.

hiking
2 months ago

large tree still covering path, could possibly be moved if you have a few people with you. also path is a little overgrown, branches will hit car

hiking
2 months ago

trail is still very muddy, but definitely hikable. really easy hike with a beautiful view

hiking
2 months ago

For those who want to do both routes up Maiden Peak, one can drive on Highway 58 to the PCT TH on the north side just past MP62. Here, one can do a loop from Willamette Pass through the Rosary Lakes, the trail to Maiden Lake and up Maiden Peak from the south, where the views are as described--spectacular. One then descends west to the PCT and take it back to the trail near the Skyline junction, not too far from the junction of the trail to Maiden Lake. NOTE: there is significant climbing (700') on the PCT heading south, which after the rapid descent from Maiden Peak, after a lot of hiking, is difficult. One may finish by going back out the Rosary Lakes, but it's possible to hike up to Tait's Loop and then hike it (I am in charge of the diamonds on that for winter use) to the Tie Trail back down to the PCT. When I hiked it on 30 Sep 17, I went over to the ski area, right near Tait's Trail, and hiked down to the bottom and back to Willamette Pass. That was 18.8 miles. It is a beautiful hike with four lakes, a mountain peak, the PCT, overlook over Lower Rosary, nice woods, a nice shelter along the PCT about 1.3 miles south of where the Maiden Peak trail joins it, and even a ski area.

Fallen trees and snow blocking all 3 possible driving paths to the falls trailhead

Beautiful falls, very full right now. Trail is pretty muddy in spots though and sometimes huge puddles take up the entire width of the trail, so I would suggest hiking boots at this time!

There are still small patches of snow on sides of the road, but most snow is melted and you can get to trailhead just fine. The falls is absolutely beautiful! Out of Spirit, Pinard and Moon, Moon is definitely my favorite! The first part of the trail is pretty muddy, but the second half isn’t so bad.

UPDATE for 3/18/18 review. As of 3/31/18 the road is again passable with only a bit of snow with ruts to drive in near the top, just before Pinard falls. I drive a 2006 Honda Accord and had no problem.
Out of the 3 falls in this area, this is the best. See also: Pinard falls and Spirit. While all trails were muddy, this was probably the least of which that was. It is a huge and astonishingly tall falls, and when you get down to it, you can walk right up to the base of it and get sprayed. This area is just amazingly beautiful. Must see area for any Oregonian or someone just visiting. Highly recommended! I got off work in Eugene @ 130pm and headed straight for Pinard 1st. Hiked all three with a nice rest at each, and had plenty of the day left. Make sure you do all three, it's worth the drive out.

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