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