Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
0.80 mi (1.29 km)
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This easy, often muddy trail is a short but rewarding hike through old-growth forest thick with ferns to the 60-foot Spirit Falls, which cascades dreamlike over bedrock covered in moss into a small pool below.

Originally named Andrea Falls after the wife of discoverer and U.S. Forest Service ranger Kevin Riel, the falls were later named Spirit Falls after a Boy Scout troop constructed a trail to the falls in the 1980s in the spirit of scouting.

Birders may want to visit the area at dusk in June or July for a chance to spot the rarely seen black swift or listen to the calls of spotted or screech owls. Combined with nearby Moon Falls and Pinard Falls, a hike to Spirit Falls rounds out a great half day of beautiful waterfall viewing. For a full day loaded with falls, a short drive to the Brice Creek area yields even more opportunities for short hikes with big rewards and a variety of campgrounds.

Please note that Spirit Falls is part of the Layng Creek Watershed, which provides water to nearby Cottage Grove, and no swimming or camping is allowed.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Beautiful falls. Near other short fall hikes.

Cons

Short trail. Muddy.

Trailhead Elevation

2,000.00 ft (609.60 m)

Net Elevation Gain

150.00 ft (45.72 m)

Features

Waterfalls

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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