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Salt Creek Falls, Oakridge
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Salt Creek Falls is a cascade and plunge waterfall on Salt Creek, a tributary of the Middle Fork Willamette River, that plunges into a gaping canyon near Willamette Pass in the Willamette National Forest, near Oakridge, Oregon. The waterfall is notable for its main drop of 286ft which makes it the second highest plunge waterfall in Oregon after Multnomah Falls. The pool at the bottom of the waterfall is deep.DescriptionThe Salt Creek Falls drops about, which varies little in height because of the even level of the giant boulders at its crest. The waterfall has a couple of noticeable breaks by protruding rocks that interrupt the horizontal fall of the water. The average annual volume of water approaching the falls is 250cuft/s. At its crest, the waterfall sits at 3902ft above sea level. Since the flow is a direct function of the Salt Creek water volume, it typically peaks when the mountain snow melts in the late spring or early summer. No water diversion facility exists within the falls or anywhere along Salt Creek.HistorySalt Creek Falls was formed when glaciers receded during the last ice age, and water from newly formed lakes upstream carved a valley through the forest. The main glacier on the Salt Creek valley seemed to have deepened the canyon at a greater rate than the tributaries, leaving the side valleys towering high above the floor of the river. Lava flows then filled in a portion of this valley, creating narrow canyon walls composed of columnar basalt that are now seen surrounding the falls.
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TripAdvisor
  • Don't miss it. Handicap access to the viewpoint. Requires a pass or $5 dollars to park and hike. Worth the stop and go halfway down the trail without a wheelchair and it has the best view of the falls...  more »
  • These gorgeous falls were a quick walk from the visitor area. The path takes you quite close to the falls. The viewing platform is right on the edge of a cliff! 
  • Easy access and well worth the stop. You can use a wheelchair and view the falls from the top. But hike the trail with those who can go under and over logs to see better views halfway down. In total I...  more »
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  • Beautiful and convenient. Good access and parking. The lower trail is in disrepair and seems to have been for some time. Several fallen trees that have damaged the railing and a serious rock slide that has taken out the end of the trail. Still worth it if you are able. Access to other walking or hiking is good, too. The Diamond Creek Falls loop is recommended.
  • Excellent water fall that is close to 300 feet tall. The parking lot is a short drive from the exit from Willamette Highway (Oregon 58). There is a volunteer day use fee ($5, Jun 2016) payable via envelop in a deposit box in the parking lot. A short hike will get you to the observation pathway at the top of the falls. There is a trail down to the base of the falls for a spectacular view. As a side note highway 58 is one of the more beautiful highways in Oregon connecting Eugene and Chemult.
  • dont forget $5 cash for parking. rock slide down hill so be careful, people still get to the bottom very easy. great trails
  • Amazing waterfall. Trail maintenance to the base of the falls leave much to be desired though.
  • An easy stop off Highway 58. It's worth the break to enjoy the view.