National Falls Trail

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain228ft
Trailhead Elevation4,008ft
Elevation Min/Max3835/4008ft
Elevation Start/End4008/4008ft

National Falls Trail

National Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Douglas County, Oregon. It is within Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 4,008 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 228 feet. Near the end of the trail is a viewpoint.

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Hiking Southern Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Art Bernstein and Zach Urness
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"After 1 mile, National Creek Road dips down across the Rogue and then climbs onto an immense plateau, uncharacteristically flat even for an ash deposit, with high mountains rising in the background. The arrow-straight road takes you to a parking area in the middle of the flat, where the sign says National Creek Falls Trail—1053. Within a minute you’re walking down the steep sides of a narrow, shaded gorge. A glance at the USGS topo map shows that all streams in the vicinity flow through narrow, shaded, steep-sided gorges. It takes two long switchbacks for the path to drop down through the dense woods to the top of the falls at National Creek, and two longer switchbacks to reach the bottom of the 100-foot tumble. Since it’s only 0.6 mile to the bottom, it would be hard to rate this trail as “strenuous,” even if it were ten times steeper." Read more
Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
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"Spring-fed cascades are a sure thing for waterfall lovers. Low snowpack, dry winter, long summer—no problem. The sun rises, and spring-fed falls are full. National Creek Falls near Crater Lake National Park is one such dandy. At just under a mile, it might barely qualify as a hike, but it is thoroughly impressive and very photogenic. From the parking area, follow the wide dirt path trail as it switchbacks steadily for 0.4 mile to the base of National Creek Falls. Along the way the trail comes into close contact with the top of the falls and a number of dicey boot paths leading to precarious viewpoints. It’s best to stay the course here, especially if kids are in tow, and make your way to the much better views and explore the area at the bottom of the falls." Read more

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Ive been there multiple times. There are some great camping spots along the creek, just pull off the side of the road! The trail is well kept and the waterfall is just beautiful. I rarely run into people. The camp spots sometimes are occupied by dirtbikes and gun hunters, but they rarely venture up to the falls. You will break a sweat on your back up the hill guarenteed. Its all switchbacks so it's not too steep.

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Trail Information

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Nearby City
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Skill Level
Prospect Ranger District: (541) 560-3400
Local Contacts
USGS Hamaker Butte; Rogue River– Siskiyou National Forest
Local Maps

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Dec 2018