Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
340.00 ft (103.63 m)
Trail type
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)




Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Suspension brige over a canyon and waterfall.


Nine miles of winding forest road to access.

Trailhead Elevation

930.00 ft (283.46 m)


Old-growth forest


Nearby Lodging + Camping


Beautiful hike! I enjoyed the suspension bridge and and waterfall in the end but the trail itself was just as scenic.
Worked this in after having tackled Cascade Head in the morning. We dealt with a pretty heavy rain most of the hike but that made the falls look awesome on this leap day!
Did the first two parts, the bridge was crazy scary for a non-heights person like me. The screaming two year old on the bridge in front of me did not help. However the view was totally worth and I felt like a boss once I crossed the thing. Waterfall was amazing and the different vantage points made it so unique. Love this hike. Totally worth it.
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