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Visited: April 23, 2017
Description: Easy hike to a suspension bridge that overlooks a waterfall
Length: 3 miles roundtrip
Elevation: 500 feet
Duration: <1 hour
Pets: Dogs on leash
Parking: Lot $5 fee
Best time to go: Weekdays/Mornings
Bring: Camera, light water
It was Day 3 of our waterfall challenge and we were ready to get our last hikes out of the way. Located two hours west of Portland, Drift Creek Falls has been on the HikeSnobs list for a while. It has everything we like: waterfalls and bridges! It was almost as if this hike were made for us.
When you get to the trailhead, there should be plenty of parking. We started the day bright and early and were the only ones on the trail. We heard this trail is popular so we were glad to have the whole area to ourselves.
With a few switchbacks, the trail is easy to hike. It’s descending the majority of the time but it’s a slight decline. With the HikeSnobs’ injured knees from the previous day, hiking this easy downhill was not as easy as it could’ve been…
There will be a split on the trail which allows you to go up the mountain or down. If you’d like to add a challenge to your hike, you can head left and it will eventually loop you down to the waterfall. If you want to keep it easy and short, head right and continue down the mountain.
You’ll cross over two bridges before you reach the falls. Once you hit the second bridge that crosses a river, you’ll only be .25 miles away from the waterfall!
After walking up a small incline, the suspension bridge finally comes into view. Excitedly, we limped our way to spot the waterfall as quickly as our knees would allow.
As we crossed the bridge, we could hear the amplified sounds of rushing water. We turn to our right and we spotted this beauty below.
The loud falls were pounding down the canyon side with great force. Seeing the falls from an aerial perspective makes this hike a truly unique experience.
The hike is really short, so we found other ways to entertain ourselves. Like testing the limits of the suspension bridge 😈👿
If you continue on the bridge you’ll reach the other side of the canyon. There is a sketchy looking trail that should take you all the way down to the base of the falls. We decided not to because of the rainy weather and our injured knees.
With hikes like Drift Creek, these HikeSnobs will be even harder to please now. To keep us happy, our next hike should have a waterfall, with a suspension bridge that requires a ladder and rope obstacles through narrow canyons to get to 😉 A HikeSnob can only dream…
- Trail is very easy to follow, just follow markers 1-6!
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