Salt Creek Falls

Oakridge, Oregon

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Even if you don’t have time for a full-blown snowshoe expedition, you must at least stop, get out of your car, and look at Salt Creek Falls. The stunning, 280-foot falls mesmerize you with their constant plunge to the creek bottom. If it’s cold enough, you’ll see the dramatic and bizarre ice formations created by the constant duress of water slamming down upon them. The name of the creek stems, apparently, from the area’s natural mineral springs and salt licks that were used by deer. From the parking lot, take a viewpoint trail that leads along the canyon for several impressive perspectives on the landmark cascade. Watch for ice, pack your camera, and enjoy the spectacle. For more of an outing, take Salt Creek Road, a relaxing tour through intermittent pastures and meadows. Little elevation gain makes this an easy tour, even though the full round-trip distance is 5 miles.

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"Even if you don’t have time for a full-blown snowshoe expedition, you must at least stop, get out of your car, and look at Salt Creek Falls. The stunning, 280-foot falls mesmerize you with their constant plunge to the creek bottom. If it’s cold enough, you’ll see the dramatic and bizarre ice formations created by the constant duress of water slamming down upon them.

The name of the creek stems, apparently, from the area’s natural mineral springs and salt licks that were used by deer. From the parking lot, take a viewpoint trail that leads along the canyon for several impressive perspectives on the landmark cascade. Watch for ice, pack your camera, and enjoy the spectacle. For more of an outing, take Salt Creek Road, a relaxing tour through intermittent pastures and meadows. Little elevation gain makes this an easy tour, even though the full round-trip distance is 5 miles."

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Oakridge
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Season: December through February
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 4,400 feet
Local Contacts: Willamette National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District
Local Maps: Imus Geographics, Willamette Pass Cross-Country Ski Trails; USGS Waldo Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Salt Creek Falls

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May 2018