Drift Creek Falls Trail #1378

Area Status: Open

This family friendly hike offers something for everyone. A hike through a coastal forest, a 75 foot waterfall, and a suspension bridge 100 feet above the canyon floor (don’t worry, the bridge can support 165,000 pounds!).

On the optional 1-mile North Loop Trail you can also access old-growth trees, vine maples, huckleberry and salmonberry bushes, and a variety of shrubs and ferns.

Fall in love with Drift Creek Falls. Download a brochure to learn about the area’s natural wonders that make the Oregon Coast Range such a special place to be.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/7/24: Access Trailhead from North via Hwy 18. Forest Road 17 from trailhead to junction of 17990 will be closed.
No cash accepted at Trailhead. Visitors can purchase a digital day pass in advance by going online to https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/siuslaw/passes-permits/recreation. 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.
Busiest Season: Summer
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead
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! General Day Use Pass purchased on Rec.Gov, for the Siuslaw National Forest may be used at any day use areas on the Siuslaw National Forest, on the same day.  Gold Star, Military, Access, Senior, Annual and 4th Grade Passes for entry are accepted.  A copy of your pass is required to be placed on your vehicle dashboard.
Information Center: Hebo Ranger District

General Information


Access to this trail is at Drift Creek Falls Trailhead (fee site)


 Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.1 mb)

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General Notes:

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The parking area at this popular trail fills early. Plan on arriving early or later in the day to find a space.


River and Stream Fishing

Fishing Mode Bait, lures
Fish Species Steelhead, Chinook Salmon
Water Temperature Cold

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Viewing Scenery

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  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles

  Elevation : 
Trailhead – 911 feet, At the bridge – 630 feet, River’s edge – 532 feet