National Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A short day hike in the Rogue River National Forest. This is one hike where you’ll want to stuff a sack lunch in your day pack and drop down along National Creek for a picnic. Mist from the thundering falls is bound to keep you cool, so plan the trip for a hot day! Special attractions: A great family hike to a lovely waterfall; a wonderfully cool spot on a hot day.This is one hike where you’ll want to stuff a sack lunch in your day pack and drop down along National Creek for a picnic. Mist from the thundering falls is bound to keep you cool, so plan the trip for a hot day! Open to hikers only, descend the easy to moderate grade via National Creek Falls Trail 1053. Along the way you’ll hike under a dense canopy of mixed conifer forest. Don’t worry about finding the falls dry. According to the Forest Service, the creek flows year-round even in drought years."
--Donna Lynn Ikenberry, Hiking Oregon (Ikenberry) (Falcon Guides).
"A glance at the USGS topo map shows that all streams in the vicinity flow through narrow, shaded, steep-sided gorges. One thing to remember about this country, with its narrow canyons that receive little sunlight, is that the snow lingers in the canyons longer than it does on top. On June 12, 1999 (the snowiest year ever), there were huge snowbanks near and at the bottom. There were also a few snowbanks on top, and you had to walk the last 0.2 mile along the road to reach the trailhead. Highlight: Very short trail to a huge waterfall."
--Art Bernstein, Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Adam Sawyer, Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon (Falcon Guides).
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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