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Shellburg Falls Loop Hike

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • Shelburg Falls Trailhead.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • The Shelburg Falls hike starts off on a gravel road.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Lower Shellburg Falls.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Lower Shellburg Falls.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Moss-filled forest.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Rest area at the lower falls.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Moss-filled forest.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Serenity once you leave the gravel road.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Moss-filled forest.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • 100-foot Shellburg Falls.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Recess behind Shellburg Falls.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • View from behind the falls.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Clover patches.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Bridge crossing above Shellburg Falls.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Moss-filled forest.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • The top of Stalas Falls.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Classic Pacific Northwest hiking scene from the trail above Shellburg Falls.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Lush greenery surrounds Shellburg Falls in late spring.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • The trail to Shellburg Falls.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
  • Dense forest surrounds the gravel road to the falls.- Shellburg Falls Loop Hike
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Pros: 
Solitude. Three waterfalls.
Cons: 
Pass through cattle pastures.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
410.00 ft (124.97 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
2.80 mi (4.51 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
970.00 ft (295.66 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Shellburg Falls Loop offers a handful of rewarding sites on a relatively short and easy hike. The trailhead is easy to spot, and the adventure begins on a private gravel road. The road is open to cattle until you reach the lower Shellburg falls, so be aware that you may have company for the first section. The lower falls is quite photogenic, though moderate scrambling is required to enjoy the best angles. From the lower falls, exit the gravel road to the left and take a nice stroll through the lush, moss-filled wilderness up to Shellburg Falls. 

The 100-foot Shellburg Falls is like a miniature version of the nearby South Falls at Silver Falls State Park. The water flows over an extended ledge that creates an accessible recess behind the falls. After leaving Shellburg Falls, continue up a few switchbacks and you will eventually return to the gravel road.

As you return, keep an eye out for an old logging road to your left. Follow this road and take the first trail on the right to reach the top of the somewhat hidden Stasel Falls. The top offers a fantastic view of the creek and a giant, free-standing rock that sits in front of the falls. Scramble down to the bottom at your own risk: it is very steep, so you should bring a rope. When your exploration is complete, follow the gravel road all the way back to the trailhead.

Note: Bikes and horses are allowed on the gravel road, but they are prohibited on the main trail that leads to Shellburg Falls.

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