Drift Creek Falls Trailhead

Area Status: Open

This is the trailhead for Drift Creek Falls Trail #1378.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 8/5/2022: Visitors to Drift Creek Falls will need to drive with caution because a portion of the road that accesses the Drift Creek Falls trailhead narrows to one lane where a landslide occured in 2021. Due to vandalism and theft, day use fees can no longer be paid in cash/check at Drift Creek Falls Trailhead. Visitors can purchase a digital day pass in advance by going online to https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74427. Digital passes cannot be purchased onsite due to limited cell service. When purchasing a pass in advance, a printed copy of the pass is recommended for your vehicle dashboard. If a printed copy is not available, your license plate number will be used to confirm compliance. We are working on a solution to securely accept payments on site again in the future.
Expect limited or no services. Be prepared to pack out all waste.
Fees: $5/vehicle/day
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: Summer
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Drift Creek Falls Trailhead. You can buy an ePass (Day Pass) or an annual Northwest Forest Pass online before you go!
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hebo Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:


Highway 101 entry – Off Highway 101 south of Lincoln City headed south:
Turn left on Drift Creek Road, and then right on Andersen Creek Road. Turn left on Forest Service Road 17. Drive 12 miles to trailhead on right.

Highway 101/Highway 18 entry:
At Highway 101 and Highway 18 junction, travel east 4.5 miles on Hwy 18. Travel south on Bear Creek County Road 3.5 miles. Continue 7 miles on Forest Service Road 17 to trailhead.


 Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.1 mb)

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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