Salt Creek Falls Trail #3673

At 286 feet, Salt Creek Falls is the second highest waterfall in Oregon and a popular stop for Hwy 58 travelers. After viewing the interpretive exhibits at the Salt Creek Falls Observation Site, the viewing platform is approximately 50 yards down the trail. To the right of the viewing platform, a more difficult spur trail takes off. The pavement ends at the top of the stairway, where the trail drops steeply into the canyon, ending near the base of this magnificent waterfall.

To the left of the viewing platform, the trail continues to loop around offering a short hike back to the parking lot (50 yards) or a somewhat longer hike (250 yards) following the Salt Creek through the picnic area.

For a longer hike, take the bridge from the picnic area across Salt Creek to the Diamond Creek Falls Loop Trail. This 3.2 mile (5.1499 km) loop trail skirts the rims of the Salt Creek and Diamond Creek Canyons.


At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Oakridge, OR
Westfir, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Wheelchair accessible restrooms with flush toilet
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Salt Creek Falls Observation Site.
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger Station

General Information

General Notes:

Map of Salt Creek Falls trail




The trail begins from the Salt Creek Falls Observation Site, 23 miles (37.015 km) southeast of Oakridge and approximately 5 miles (8.0467 km) west of Willamette Pass. From Hwy 58 look for the signs, turn onto FS Road 5893 and follow the signs. The parking lot is well signed from the main road. 


Wheelchair accessible restrooms with flush toilet. The observation platform is wheelchair accessible with railings that accommodate wheelchair sight-lines. The loop gravel trail (Salt Creek Falls Trail #3673) with interpretive signage offers a short hike with multiple vantage points along the canyon rim. The steep trail from the platform to the waterfall's base is short, but is not wheelchair accessible due to numerous stairs.


Large paved parking lot


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Scenery

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Area/Length : 
.5 mile

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  Elevation : 
4000 feet