Susan Creek Falls

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Visited: November 28, 2015

Description: Easy hike to a waterfall along the North Umpqua River

Length: 1.5 miles roundtrip

Elevation: 100 feet

Duration: ~1 hour

Difficulty: Handicap accessible so that means it’s hella easy

Terrain: Maintained dirt trail

Parking: Lot, one on the north side (43.298940, -122.905756) of Umpqua Highway and one on the south side (43.298536, -122.904982)

Pets: Dog-friendly

Best time to go: Anytime

Bring: Camera, bathing suit (if the weather is warm)

Last Thanksgiving weekend, the HikeSnobs and their friend Angela made their way up Highway 1 towards southern Oregon. We had planned to explore some of the finest waterfalls Oregon had to offer.  First waterfall of the day: Susan Creek Falls.

Following the Umpqua Highway, we spotted signs for Susan Creek Falls and turned left into an empty parking lot. Of course we were the only ones there. After all, it was 6AM and freezing. We made sure to layer up and set out towards the trail in hopes the walk would warm us quicker. The trail is really easy to follow.


There are a couple turns that seem like it might be the right direction but just follow the placards and signs on the trail. We didn’t feel very adventurous so early in the morning so we stuck to the path.


The hike is very short. There are a few switchbacks and after turning another corner, we could see the falls peaking out.


We’ve read online that Susan Creek Falls was a little disappointing so we made sure not to get our hopes up. The thing about keeping your expectations low is you’re more likely to actually enjoy it. To Californians, Susan Creek Falls was a sight to see.

You can see a little pool behind the rocks that would be perfect for swimming. Too bad it was FREEZING. We’ll have to come back in the summer… maybe.


We couldn’t really get any closer because the rocks were wet and mossy but we had other waterfalls to look forward to. Off to our next waterfall!

@HikeSnobs Tips:

  • There is poison oak off the trail, so be careful if you explore farther.

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