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Fall Creek Falls

Diamond Peak Wilderness

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • Fall Creek Falls Trailhead in the Salt Creek Falls parking area.- Fall Creek Falls
  • Wooden bridge at the start of the trail to Fall Creek Falls.- Fall Creek Falls
  • Tree-shaded trail to Fall Creek Falls. - Fall Creek Falls
  • Signs along the Fall Creek Falls Trail. - Fall Creek Falls
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  • Railroad tracks cut through the trail to Fall Creek Falls. - Fall Creek Falls
  • Fallen trees across the trail.- Fall Creek Falls
  • Permit station at the entrance to Diamond Peak Wilderness. - Fall Creek Falls
  • Entering the Diamond Peak Wilderness.- Fall Creek Falls
  • Some of the trail is flooded by Fall Creek.- Fall Creek Falls
  • Fall Creek.- Fall Creek Falls
  • Fall Creek Falls.- Fall Creek Falls
  • Fall Creek Falls in the Diamond Peak Wilderness.- Fall Creek Falls
  • Diamond Peak Wilderness.- Fall Creek Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Large waterfalls. Nearby lakes. Old-growth forest.
Cons: 
Mosquitoes.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
820.00 ft (249.94 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.80 mi (9.33 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,182.00 ft (1,274.67 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Fall Creek Falls is another stunning waterfall located in the Diamond Peak Wilderness. The hike takes you through old-growth forests, along the creek, and makes for a relaxing day adventure. The 160-foot waterfall is just about 3 miles past the Salt Creek Falls Observation Area. From the parking lot, follow the signs for Fall Creek Falls and Vivian Lake. The trail is steep at times and crosses a cement bridge and a set of active railroad tracks. Be sure to watch for the signs for Vivian Lake and Salt Creek Falls to avoid hiking on the Forest Service roads instead of the actual trail.

The falls are just a short distance off of the main trail. It's hard to get a good view of the entire falls because of the location and the angle, but they’re still a sight to see, if only partially. A second set of falls (with the same name) are downstream. They are viewable but require some scrambling off trail and down a slope. For a longer adventure, continue on the trail to Vivian Lake, Notch Lake, and other unnamed lakes in the Diamond Peak Wilderness.

Note: Self-issued wilderness permits are required and available at the trailhead for the Diamond Peak Wilderness.

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