Western Oregon has experienced a lot of rain this past winter and spring — so much, that we’ve set a record for the number of “rain days” since October 1. Couple that with a good snow pack, and the rivers and creeks are running full right now.
You know what that means? It is the perfect time to see waterfalls!
Last weekend, when we started planning a hike, I knew one thing — it needed to include waterfalls. For this hike, we picked Upper Trestle Creek Falls, as I’ve never been there when the creek was flowing well. At the trailhead, though, we were disappointed to discover the trail was closed because of nearby logging. Luckily, Trestle Creek Falls and Parker Falls are close by. We had an awesome day of hiking, saw three waterfalls, and lots of wildflowers (especially white irises).
There are a number of beautiful waterfalls in the Cottage Grove area, and even more if you are willing to drive for an hour or two. If you’re interested, I’ve created a Google map showing the waterfalls I know of that are within a 2 hour drive of Cottage Grove. I’ll be using this map myself, for planning future hikes.
There are a lot of waterfalls on that map, so here are some ideas:
East of Cottage Grove: besides Trestle Creek Falls and Parker Falls (and the ever popular Brice Creek Falls) there is also a nice trio of falls off of Layng Creek Road. Many people do Moon Falls, Pinard Falls, and Spirit Falls in the same trip. They are close together and the trails to each of the falls are fairly short.
What are your favorite local waterfalls?