While both Salt Creek Falls and Diamond Creek Falls are wonderful trips spring through fall, a winter visit provides beautiful perspectives on these falls along with noticeably more solitude. The Salt Creek Falls and Diamond Creek Falls loop makes a great day trip for snowshoers, and the area is easily accessible via the Salt Creek Sno-Park, located about an hour from Eugene on the well-maintained Highway 58. From the winter parking area, ski or snowshoe along the unmaintained road to reach the summer parking area, where you'll find vault toilets and information about Salt Creek Falls. From here you can proceed to the Salt Creek Falls Observation Area, which is less than a mile from the parking area. Follow the trail down to the lower viewing area for stunning winter views of one of Oregon's tallest waterfalls.
Once you've finished, continue south to a trail junction and take the footbridge over Salt Creek. The well marked loop includes viewpoints of Salt Creek Canyon and Diamond Creek Falls. The loop takes you through the forest and crosses the Forest Service road a few times. Be sure to look for the blue trail markers. Use caution along the trail and view points, as there may be icy patches.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.