Drift Creek Falls Trailhead

Area Status: Open

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

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 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! American the Beautiful Interagency Annual Passes such as the Senior, Access, 4th Grade, and Military Passes are equivalent to a day-use pass. A copy of your pass is required to be placed on your vehicle dashboard.
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

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