Drift Creek Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Lincoln County, Oregon. It is within Siuslaw National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 965 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 965 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Drift Creek Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike is named for the waterfall, and it's dramatic enough: A tributary of Drift Creek pours over a mossy cliff to free-fall 75 feet into a pool in Drift Creek.
But it's the massive suspension bridge near the trail's end that is the real draw. It hangs between support towers, each nearly 30 feet tall, and is anchored to the bedrock on either side of drift creek."
--Bonnie Henderson , Day Hiking Oregon Coast (The Mountaineers Books).
"Drift Creek Falls is a 66-foot cascade that is the main attraction of this out-and-back or semi-loop hike. But there’s more to this trek than just another pretty waterfall. The first part of the hike is in pleasant second-growth forest, but once you cross a creek bridge, the path leads through some very lush old growth. Then you get to the really exciting stuff. From the trailhead the path descends and winds its way in and out of ravines through a second-growth forest exploding with sword ferns. After 0.7 mile you’ll reach a junction. To do the loop, follow the trail to the left as it ascends into a scenic forest before rejoining the main trail. To do the out-and-back, stay to the right, eventually reaching a footbridge crossing Drift Creek. Now the character of the hike changes as the path explores groves of old-growth Doug fir and western red cedar."
--Adam Sawyer, Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"This forest path descends 340 feet, taking you on a fun tour through a thick coastal forest and across a magnificent suspension bridge over Drift Creek. From the bridge you’ll have a grand view of the shimmering cascade of Drift Creek Falls."
--Lizann Dunegan, Best Easy Day Hikes: Oregon's North Coast (Falcon Guides).
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