Trestle Creek Trail #1403C


Area Status: Open

Trestle Creek Trail is a narrow trail that meanders through Trestle Creek canyon and its surrounding old-growth forest, offering views of maidenhair fern, bleeding heart, Douglas fir, and cedar along the way.  The trail culminates at the base of a 60-foot fan waterfall nestled in a lush, moss-covered rock grotto.

A great hike on its own, Trestle Creek Trail is also frequently tacked on to Brice Creek Trail #1403 or Upper Trestle Creek Trail #1403D for a beautiful finish to a longer hike.

Detailed trail maps and descriptions can be found in the Cottage Grove Ranger District Recreational Opportunity Guide.

lower Trestle Creek Falls

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 06/15/2022: Open
Fees: No
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Cottage Grove, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information

Directions:

The trailhead begins 25 miles southeast of Cottage Grove.

From Cottage Grove, OR take exit 174 on Interstate 5, take Row River Road, #2400, east 19 miles to the junction of Layng Creek Road, #17, and Brice Creek Road, #2470. Bear right on Road #2470 and continue for another 8.2 miles to the Champion Creek Trailhead, of the Brice Creek Trail near the junction of Champion Creek Road, #2473 and Brice Creek Road, #2470. The Brice Creek Trail begins across the bridge and on the left, upstream of the trailhead. Hike one-third mile west on the Brice Creek Trail, #1403, to the Trestle Creek Falls Trail junction (just west of the Trestle Creek Trail Bridge), then travel north for another 0.3 miles to the waterfalls.


Activities

Day Hiking

  • The gentle terrain and short distance (0.75 miles) from Champion Creek Trailhead makes Trestle Creek Falls a great family hike.
  • Allow yourself at least one hour to hike in and out and to enjoy exploring the pools below.
  • You may extend your hike by continuing west along Brice Creek Trail to Lund Park Campground (1 mile); Cedar Creek Campground (3.5 miles); or to the Brice Creek Trailhead (4.5 miles). You may alsocontinue west on Brice Creek Trail for 0.5 miles to the Upper Trestle Creek Falls Trail #1403D #1403D. This 2.5-mile trail loops back east to an upper waterfall and returns to Champion Creek Trailhead on Brice Creek Road.

Backpacking

  • The gentle terrain and short distance (0.75 miles) from Champion Creek Trailhead makes Trestle Creek Falls a great family hike.
  • Allow yourself at least one hour to hike in and out and to enjoy exploring the pools below.
  • You may extend your hike by continuing west along Brice Creek Trail to Lund Park Campground (1 mile); Cedar Creek Campground (3.5 miles); or to the Brice Creek Trailhead (4.5 miles). You may also continue west on Brice Creek Trail for 0.5 miles to the Upper Trestle Creek Falls Trail #1403D. This 2.5-mile trail loops back east to an upper waterfall and returns to Champion Creek Trailhead on Brice Creek Road.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Viewing Scenery

The trail ends at the base of a scenic 60-foot fan waterfall nestled in a lush, moss covered rock grotto surrounded by towering Douglas fir and cedar. 

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
0.7 mile

  Elevation : 
1,850 feet - 2,150 feet range