Diamond Creek Falls Trail #3598

Beginning at the footbridge, this scenic 2.5 mile loop follows along the canyon rims of Salt Creek and Diamond Creek. There are several viewing points along this rim with great views of Salt Creek Canyon and Lower Diamond Creek Falls.

A spur trail 0.25 miles from the footbridge leads to Too Much Bear Lake. The trail continues to another junction with a spur trail that leads to the base of Upper Diamond Creek Falls. This spur trail contains a unique log stairway and a large cedar log footbridge, which leads the hiker to a breath taking view of the falls. The trail to the base of Upper Diamond Creek Falls is steep in the area of the log stairway.

A short distance past the viewpoint, the trail splits. The Vivian Lake Trail #3662 takes off to the south and the Diamond Creek Falls Trail goes east and crosses Forest Road 5893-420. Here you can look back and see the cliffs of Mt. David Douglas. The trail continues through the forest crossing Forest Road 5893-420 once again and heads northeast back to Salt Creek Falls Observation Site.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 03/25/2024: Trail is open, and one small foot bridge is out near the beginning of the loop. Moderately difficult stream crossing.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Oakridge, OR
Westfir, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Wheelchair accessible restrooms with flush toilet
Passes: Day Use Fee Area ($5 a vehicle) or valid Recreation Pass required. 
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger Station

General Information

General Notes:

Map of Diamond Creek Falls trail

As in all of the high Cascades area, mosquitoes abound during the first part of the season.



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. 


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Viewing Scenery

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Area/Length : 
2.5 miles

  Latitude : 

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  Elevation : 
4000 feet