Alkali Creek Falls Trail #1055


Alkali Creek Meadows was a popular sheepherders’ camp at the turn of the century. Many of the herdsmen came from the central Oregon area, where alkali lakes and flats were commonly found. While no alkali (or salt content) areas are known in the Rogue drainages, the name may have been chosen to reflect the herdsmen’s home territory.

The trail is a short climb to the lower end of Alkali Falls. Here, Alkali Creek drops 600 vertical feet in a rocky chute. The falls are most spectacular in the late spring, when snow melt is the greatest in the high meadows. The water flow decreases in late summer, and may be dry in drought years.

NOTE: Due to low volume of use this trail, does not get maintained regularly. Expect to encounter logs and brush.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Closest Towns:
  • Prospect, OR
  • Medford, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: High Cascades Ranger District

General Information


From Union Creek Resort, follow Highway 62 north to the junction with Highway 230. Proceed on Highway 230 for 9.2 miles to Forest Road 6540. (Note: Forest Road 6540 is a loop road and has two junctions with Highway 230. Heading north on Highway 230, you will cross Forest Road 6540 1.5 miles before the first 6540 junction.) Turn left onto Forest Road 6540 and go approximately 0.5 mile to the junction with Forest Road 6540-900. Turn right and follow Forest Road 900 for 1.2 miles to the junction with Forest Road 6540-950. Turn left onto Forest Road 950 and follow to the end.

General Notes:

Trail is not designed for: pack and saddle, mountain bike, motorized bike, ATV, 4-wheel drive.


 Trail is not barrier-free.



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0.2 miles

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  Elevation : 
5,200 feet