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Spirit Falls on Alex Creek

Umpqua Wilderness, Oregon

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  • Lush forest understory in Umpqua National Forest.- Spirit Falls on Alex Creek
  • The trail through Umpqua National Forest.- Spirit Falls on Alex Creek
  • Spirit Falls.- Spirit Falls on Alex Creek
  • Spirit Falls.- Spirit Falls on Alex Creek
  • The stream near Spirit Falls.- Spirit Falls on Alex Creek
  • Spirit Falls.- Spirit Falls on Alex Creek
  • The trail ascends stairs through Umpqua National Forest.- Spirit Falls on Alex Creek
  • The Spirit Falls Trailhead.- Spirit Falls on Alex Creek
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful falls. Near other short fall hikes.
Cons: 
Short trail. Muddy.
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Region:
Umpqua Wilderness, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
150.00 ft (45.72 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.80 mi (1.29 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,000.00 ft (609.60 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This easy, often muddy trail is a short but rewarding hike through old-growth forest thick with ferns to the 60-foot Spirit Falls, which cascades dreamlike over bedrock covered in moss into a small pool below.

Originally named Andrea Falls after the wife of discoverer and U.S. Forest Service ranger Kevin Riel, the falls were later named Spirit Falls after a Boy Scout troop constructed a trail to the falls in the 1980s in the spirit of scouting.

Birders may want to visit the area at dusk in June or July for a chance to spot the rarely seen black swift or listen to the calls of spotted or screech owls. Combined with nearby Moon Falls and Pinard Falls, a hike to Spirit Falls rounds out a great half day of beautiful waterfall viewing. For a full day loaded with falls, a short drive to the Brice Creek area yields even more opportunities for short hikes with big rewards and a variety of campgrounds.

Please note that Spirit Falls is part of the Layng Creek Watershed, which provides water to nearby Cottage Grove, and no swimming or camping is allowed.

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