Pinard Falls Trail #1406

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Pinard Falls, named for Pinard Butte due east of the falls, is an impressive waterfall that forms when the East Fork of Layng Creek drops over 105-foot tall basalt cliffs. A dense, lush forest surrounds the area and shades the waterfall most of the day; however, during summer afternoons, sunlight cuts through the mist to reach the base of the waterfall.

From the trailhead, Pinard Falls Trail gently descends along an abandoned spur road for 0.3 mile before it turns left and continues through a dense second-growth forest. The trail continues downwards at a steeper pace to a narrow rocky spur ridge where the first views of the 105-foot waterfall are seen. The trail then switchbacks around the rock point into a shaded stand of old-growth Douglas fir, continuing to an overlook that offers a beautiful view of the falls approximately 300 feet beyond.

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.

Pinard Falls Trail #1406

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/17/2021: 1790 road closed for construction. Call for detour.
Fees No
Open Season: Early Spring
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Cottage Grove, OR
Water: Surface water should be treated.

General Information

  • Trailhead parking can accommodate 3-4 cars. 


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 3.6 miles to the trailhead on the right side of the road.

General Notes:
  • Trail is located within Layng Creek Watershed, a municipal water supply for the Row River community.  
  • Please keep the water clean.



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  Area/Length : 
0.6 miles

  Elevation : 
2,500 feet - 2,850 feet range