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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
3.70 mi (5.95 km)
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Drift Creek Falls is an unexpected hike. It's definitely worth the drive despite its location deep in the coastal range. Located just outside of Lincoln City off of Highway 101 or Highway 18, you can reach the trailhead after a 9- or 12-mile journey (depending on the direction you're coming from) down some very windy forest roads and through some unsightly regional clear-cut forests. 

This relatively easy hike has three unique chapters. In the first you wind your way down to Drift Creek, passing through 50-year-old second-growth Douglas and grand fir while salmonberry and red elderberry encloses the trail near the creek’s banks. The second chapter and main destination is the crossing of a 250-foot suspension bridge where you'll have a dramatic glimpse of the 75-foot waterfall from above. The final chapter is a return to the trailhead via the North Loop. This route will take you through an old-growth forest of Douglas fir, western redcedar and Sitka spruce that will give you a deeper appreciation for the clear-cut and reforestation process.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Suspension brige over a canyon and waterfall.

Cons

Nine miles of winding forest road to access.

Trailhead Elevation

930.00 ft (283.46 m)

Net Elevation Gain

340.00 ft (103.63 m)

Features

Waterfalls
Old-growth forest

Location

Field Guide + Map

Comments

11/24/2018
This is a nice, easy trail! The view is great, and the bridge was fun to cross.
11/04/2017
really short hike, but worth it.
Beautiful hike! I enjoyed the suspension bridge and and waterfall in the end but the trail itself was just as scenic.
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