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Salt Creek Falls

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • Salt Creek Falls from the upper viewpoint.- Salt Creek Falls
  • Looking west down the Salt Creek gorge.- Salt Creek Falls
  • Trail down to the lower viewpoint.- Salt Creek Falls
  • Salt Creek Falls from the middle viewpoint.- Salt Creek Falls
  • Trail down to the lower viewpoint.- Salt Creek Falls
  • Basalt rock face at falls.- Salt Creek Falls
  • Showy larkspur (Delphinium bicolor).- Salt Creek Falls
  • Common western monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus).- Salt Creek Falls
  • Salt Creek Falls through a forest of western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla).- Salt Creek Falls
  • Pacific rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum).- Salt Creek Falls
  • Trail leading toward Diamond Creek Falls.- Salt Creek Falls
  • Salt Creek Falls as twilight sets in.- Salt Creek Falls
  • - Salt Creek Falls
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Pros: 
Oregon's third tallest waterfall. Adjacent hikes.
Cons: 
No trail to the base of falls.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Though relatively unknown, Salt Creek Falls descends 286 feet into a basalt amphitheater base, making it Oregon's third tallest waterfall after Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge and Munson Creek Falls near Tillamook.  However, with an average flow of 250 cubic feet per second (cfs), Salt Creek Falls is much more impressive than Munson Creek Falls, which only boasts 5 cfs.*

Access to the falls is on a short paved path that hangs high above Salt Creek's eroded gorge.  You can also take the short, non-paved hiking trail down the canyon to a lower viewpoint.

If waterfalls are what you are looking for, this stop has many more in store!  Consider hiking 1.2 miles to the broad and lacy 120-foot Diamond Creek Falls, or hike an additional 1.3 miles to 160-foot Fall Creek Falls.

* Multnomah Falls has an average flow of 150 cfs.

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