Moon Falls Trail #1423

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The first 0.3 mile of Moon Falls Trail follows a closed spur road, which then shifts to beautiful old growth forest for the remaining 0.2 mile. The trail ends at the base of Moon Falls, a picturesque, 100-foot waterfall that cascades into rocky Alex Creek. High water flows can be expected after springtime rains and will decrease to a lacy cascade as summer progresses. The cool, heavy mist maintains the lush vegetation and makes for a welcome respite on a hot summer day.

Moon Falls Trail #1423, Pinard Falls Trail #1406, and Spirit Falls Trail #1413 constitute a trinity of Cottage Grove Ranger District’s most beautiful waterfalls. Due to their close proximity and relatively short total hiking distance of 3 miles, many choose to do two or three in the same day.

Moon Falls Trail #1423

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 04/07/2021: Road to trailhead clear.
Fees No
Open Season: Early Spring
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Cottage Grove, OR
Water: Surface water should be treated.

General Information

  • Parking is limited to 3-4 vehicles. Please maintain turnaround room for visitors.

General Notes:
  • While exploring, be careful of slippery rocks and logs.
  • The trail is located within Layng Creek Watershed, a municipal water supply for the Row River community.
  • Please keep the water clean.
  • The closest restroom is located at the junction of Forest Road 17 and Forest Road 1790.


From Cottage Grove, OR, travel east on Row River Road 2400 for 19 miles to the junction of Layng Creek Road 17 and Brice Creek Road 2470. Turn left on Layng Creek Road 17 and continue for 8.8 miles to Forest Road 1790. Turn right and travel for 0.25 mile to Forest Road 1702. Turn left on Forest Road 1702 and travel for 2.8 miles to Forest Road 1702-728. Turn right on Forest Road 1702-728 and continue for 0.3 mile, turning left on Forest Road 1702-203.  The trailhead is at the end of the road. Parking is limited to 3-4 vehicles. Please maintain turn around room for visitors.



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  Area/Length : 
0.5 miles

  Elevation : 
2,900 feet - 3,000 feet range