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Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • The road from the Salt Creek Sno-Park to Salt Creek Falls Trail.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • The snowy parking area at Salt Creek Falls.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Information signs for both summer and winter conditions at Salt Creek Falls.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Overlooking Salt Creek Canyon.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Snowshoeing along the Salt Creek Falls Trail.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Salt Creek Falls.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Ice forming on basalt cliffs near Salt Creek Falls.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Snowy river banks along Salt Creek.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Salt Creek in the Willamette National Forest.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Salt Creek Canyon.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Snowshoeing trail along Salt Creek.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Diamond Creek Falls Loop trail junction.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • The Diamond Creek Falls loop is well marked and easy to follow.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Snow covered Diamond Creek.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Enjoying the beauty of the snow covered Willamette National Forest.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Diamond Creek.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Diamond Creek Falls. - Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Diamond Creek Falls. - Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Snowshoe trail around Diamond Creek Falls Loop.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • Diamond Creek Falls from the main trail's viewing area.- Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
  • - Salt Creek Falls + Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe
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Pros: 
Beautiful views. Waterfalls.
Cons: 
Lots of people.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.50 mi (7.24 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,200.00 ft (1,280.16 m)
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Adventure Description

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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.

Backcountry Safety

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.

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