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Drift Creek Falls Hike

Northern Oregon Coast, Oregon

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  • Forest of second-growth Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menzies) near the beginning of the trail.- Drift Creek Falls Hike
  • Oregon beaked moss (Kindbergia oregana).- Drift Creek Falls Hike
  • Great hedge nettle (Stachys chamisonis var. cooleyae).- Drift Creek Falls Hike
  • Common haircap moss (Plytrichum commune).- Drift Creek Falls Hike
  • Drift Creek Falls.- Drift Creek Falls Hike
  • The Drift Creek Falls suspension bridge.- Drift Creek Falls Hike
  • Drift Creek Falls.- Drift Creek Falls Hike
  • Drift Creek's old-growth forest of Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western red cedar.- Drift Creek Falls Hike
  • Drift Creek's old-growth forest of Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western red cedar.- Drift Creek Falls Hike
  • Rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa).- Drift Creek Falls Hike
  • Drift Creek Falls with the suspension bridge in back.- Drift Creek Falls Hike
  • Few from the far side of the bridge.- Drift Creek Falls Hike
  • Looking down on the falls from the bridge.- Drift Creek Falls Hike
  • The trail to Drift Creek Falls.- Drift Creek Falls Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Suspension brige over a canyon and waterfall.
Cons: 
Nine miles of winding forest road to access.
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Region:
Northern Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
NW Forest Pass
Total Distance: 
3.70 mi (5.95 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
930 ft (283 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
340 ft (104 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back/Loop
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Drift Creek Falls is an unexpected hike. It's definitely worth the drive despite its location deep in the coastal range. Located just outside of Lincoln City off of Highway 101 or Highway 18, you can reach the trailhead after a 9- or 12-mile journey (depending on the direction you're coming from) down some very windy forest roads and through some unsightly regional clear-cut forests. 

This relatively easy hike has three unique chapters. In the first you wind your way down to Drift Creek, passing through 50-year-old second-growth Douglas and grand fir while salmonberry and red elderberry encloses the trail near the creek’s banks. The second chapter and main destination is the crossing of a 250-foot suspension bridge where you'll have a dramatic glimpse of the 75-foot waterfall from above. The final chapter is a return to the trailhead via the North Loop. This route will take you through an old-growth forest of Douglas fir, western redcedar and Sitka spruce that will give you a deeper appreciation for the clear-cut and reforestation process.

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