Check Out One of Oregon’s Most Underrated Waterfalls

Salt Creek Falls [Image courtesy of Jeff Bryant / Exquisite Oregon]
Salt Creek Falls [Image courtesy of Jeff Bryant / Exquisite Oregon]
Salt Creek Falls [Image courtesy of Jeff Bryant / Exquisite Oregon]

As you can see by this amazing photo from our friend Jeff Bryant, this waterfall one of the most beautiful places in Oregon. Not only is Salt Creek Falls incredibly gorgeous, but it’s the easiest hike ever and it’s incredibly underrated. When arriving here, you can follow a short trail which takes you to this magnificent waterfall in minutes.

At 286 feet, this impressive waterfall hurtles into a gaping canyon near Willamette Pass, and is one of the tallest waterfalls in Oregon. If you have some extra time, you’ll definitely want to hike the trail to Diamond Creek Falls for more spectacular views. The hike was quite easy, and is only around 3 miles round trip.

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The process by which the falls were formed is quite interesting. According to waterfallsnorthwest.com, during the last Ice Age glaciers scoured the valley out. Following their retreat, lava flows filled in a portion of the valley, creating the narrow canyon walls composed of columnar basalt that are now seen at the falls.

With warmer weather ahead, I’d highly recommend visiting Salt Creek Falls as you will not be disappointed and you’ll be sure to get some amazing photos for yourself.

 

 

Here’s some directions on how to get here.

Located west of Willamette Pass, just off of Highway 58. The Salt Creek Falls day use area is located 21 miles east of Oakridge, or 5 miles west of Willamette Pass. The parking lot is well signed from the main road, and east bounders will undoubtedly see the falls through the trees before reaching the turnoff. The first viewpoints are handicap accessible, with the trail to the base being easy, but with numerous stairs.
Latitude 43.61194 N
Longitude -122.12861 W
Elevation 3902 feet
USGS Quadrangle Diamond Peak 7 1/2″

 

 

 

“This is a guaranteed wow and so simple. Easy-to-follow signs from Highway 58 lead to a concrete observation deck with an unobstructed view-line to top of the falls. A great destination in winter for all levels of snowshoeing.” – Samara Phelps, Adventure Center Director

“Salt Creek Falls is my favorite tour stop when showcasing Oregon to friends and family. Year-round it’s a dramatic, breathtaking sight requiring minimal effort to see.”– Sally McAleer, Travel Lane County

 

Salt Creek Falls was one of our last stops on this incredible 900-mile road trip across Oregon.

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  • Weston

    The trail from Salt Creek Falls up to Vivian Lake is very nice. And Vivian Lake is a nice little place to camp for a while. Hiked it many times back in the 70’s and 80’s when I was living in Eugene.