Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
144.00 ft (43.89 m)
Trail type
0.60 mi (0.97 km)
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University Falls is an often overlooked yet impressive falls in Tillamook State Forest. Falling 55 feet over a wide basalt cliff, this beautiful cascade is accessible by a short and gentle trail any time of the year. While the route to the trailhead can be somewhat difficult to find due to multiple turns on logging roads, it is still a short distance off of the Wilson River Highway (Highway 6). Enjoy the ambiance of red alder and the roar of University Falls as Elliott Creek rushes by. 

Note that the trail may be closed periodically and without warning due to active logging operations in the area.

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Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Short trail. Impressive wide cascading falls.


Short trail. A few logging roads. Active logging in the area.

Trailhead Elevation

1,745.41 ft (532.00 m)


Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day




This was a nice, easy hike. There was still snow on the trail and on the road to the trailhead. A van got stuck in the snow so 4wd would help. The falls were pretty with the snow and ice!
Skip it. It's a long, dusty drive to a microscopic hike (0.6 mile). Much of the view is clear cut and blowdowns obscure a decent shot of the falls.

Also, the trail is crisscrossed by dirt bike routes, permeating the forest with the shrill whine of combustion engines and the smell of exhaust. Yee-haw.
A few large fallen trees are now at the base of the falls, but it is a beautiful sight nonetheless! Definitely worth the quick walk to see.
The falls were pretty steady but another local trail-goer mentioned that in Summer it slows down much more, so I'd imagine Winter & Spring are the best times to see it.
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