Moon Falls

Umpqua Wilderness, Oregon

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  • The Moon Falls Trailhead.- Moon Falls
  • The trail is open to hiking only.- Moon Falls
  • Moon Falls Trail.- Moon Falls
  • Young Douglas firs along the trail to Moon Falls.- Moon Falls
  • Alex Creek plunges 125 feet to form Moon Falls.- Moon Falls
  • Alex Creek below Moon Falls.- Moon Falls
  • Moon Falls.- Moon Falls
  • Picnic table at Moon Falls.- Moon Falls
  • Alex Creek is a water source for Cottage Grove.- Moon Falls
  • Picnic table at Moon Falls.- Moon Falls
  • Moon Falls.- Moon Falls
  • Alex Creek below Moon Falls.- Moon Falls
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Pros: 
Cascading waterfall. Picnic table at destination. Kid friendly.
Cons: 
Hard to find. Short trail.
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Region:
Umpqua Wilderness, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
45.00 ft (13.72 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.50 mi (0.80 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,918.00 ft (889.41 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Moon Falls is a remarkably picturesque waterfall that cascades slowly down over 125 feet of moss-covered basalt. The falls can appear deceptively small, however, because of the large surrounding trees, the graded pitch toward the top, and rock shelf at the bottom. Alex Creek fluctuates drastically depending on the season, so the falls can morph from a trickle to a torrent. The trail is both gradual and short, and it travels through healthy forest and dense underbrush.

Due to the fact that Alex Creek is a tributary of the Laying Creek Watershed (a Cottage Grove water supply), both swimming and camping are prohibited. While an overnight stay may not be in the cards, the area is a great destination to reach several short hikes and falls within a day. There is a single picnic table alongside Alex Creek and Moon Falls, making for a scenic lunch spot only feet from the waters edge.
 

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