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Butte Creek Falls Hike

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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  • Old-growth forest at the trailhead.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
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  • Upper Butte Creek Falls.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Looking down Butte Creek.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Upper Butte Creek Falls.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Upper Butte Creek Falls.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Cavern behind Upper Butte Creek Falls.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis).- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Bridge and trail to Lower Butte Creek Falls.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Common haircap moss (Plytrichum commune) along with other mosses.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Butte Creek Falls.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Butte Creek Falls.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Broadleaf stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium).- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Looking down on Lower Butte Creek Falls.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Basalt outcropping across from Lower Butte Creek Falls.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Old-growth forest along the trail to Butte Creek Falls.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • A celestial scene of Upper Butte Creek Falls as a sun beam shines over the falls.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • Some frozen foliage and rocks are about to be softened by the warm light rising.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • It is possible to get down to the bottom of Lower Butte Creek Falls by careful down climbing.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
  • A cascade below Lower Butte Creek Falls.- Butte Creek Falls Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Surprisingly impressive falls. Cavern and swimming hole at Upper Falls. Nearby Abiqua Falls.
Cons: 
Access road is somewhat difficult to find.
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Region:
Willamette Valley, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
150.00 ft (45.72 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,930.00 ft (588.26 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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For those who have exhausted their interest with Silver Falls State Park and are still on the search for impressive waterfalls, the next stop on your tour should definitely be Butte Creek Falls.  As the crow flies the falls are located just 5 miles north of Silver Falls State Park and are actually part of the same basalt formation.

A short, 1-mile stroll through an impressive second-growth forest leads you to the 78-foot Butte Creek Falls and 25-foot Upper Butte Creek Falls.  From here you can scramble deep into the cavern behind Upper Butte Creek Falls and venture high above the creek on a 200-foot basalt outcropping that offers spectacular views of the main falls.  Lower Butte Creek falls cascades another 25 feet, but it is difficult to clearly make out from the viewpoint on the basalt outcropping.

If you are visiting in late summer, the pool below Upper Butte Creek Falls is an excellent swimming hole.

If you have the time, be sure to pair this outing with a visit to nearby Abiqua Falls.

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