Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
2.80 mi (4.51 km)
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Shellburg Falls Loop offers a handful of rewarding sites on a relatively short and easy hike. The trailhead is easy to spot, and the adventure begins on a private gravel road. The road is open to cattle until you reach the lower Shellburg falls, so be aware that you may have company for the first section. The lower falls is quite photogenic, though moderate scrambling is required to enjoy the best angles. From the lower falls, exit the gravel road to the left and take a nice stroll through the lush, moss-filled wilderness up to Shellburg Falls. 

The 100-foot Shellburg Falls is like a miniature version of the nearby South Falls at Silver Falls State Park. The water flows over an extended ledge that creates an accessible recess behind the falls. After leaving Shellburg Falls, continue up a few switchbacks and you will eventually return to the gravel road.

As you return, keep an eye out for an old logging road to your left. Follow this road and take the first trail on the right to reach the top of the somewhat hidden Stasel Falls. The top offers a fantastic view of the creek and a giant, free-standing rock that sits in front of the falls. Scramble down to the bottom at your own risk: it is very steep, so you should bring a rope. When your exploration is complete, follow the gravel road all the way back to the trailhead.

Note: Bikes and horses are allowed on the gravel road, but they are prohibited on the main trail that leads to Shellburg Falls.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Solitude. Three waterfalls.

Cons

Pass through cattle pastures.

Trailhead Elevation

970.00 ft (295.66 m)

Net Elevation Gain

410.00 ft (124.97 m)

Features

Waterfalls

Suitable for

Biking
Horseback

Location

Field Guide

Comments

02/23/2019
A great, little hike with more trail options to make it longer. It’s quite pretty with some snow too!
04/30/2018
Quite a nice little walk to a pretty substantial falls.
02/22/2017
Note that a helpful person has attached climbing ropes to the scramble below Stassel Falls. Many thanks!
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