"Hike a lowland canyon to one of the best waterfalls to be found. This trail is open to mountain bikes as well as hikers. GPS units seem to have a hard time receiving in this canyon. Soon the trace traverses below short cliffs to reach the viewpoint near the base of the beautiful, three-stage Falls Creek Falls. The elevation at the viewpoint is about 2,000 feet, and you are 1.7 miles from the Falls Creek Falls trailhead. There is some exposure at the viewpoint so if you have children with you, watch them closely. Moss-covered rocks line the falls, behind the mist, and maidenhair ferns grow from the cracks." Read more
"The trail starts out flat through forest that’s less than 60 years old, passing among huckle berry, Oregon grape, and Douglas-fir. Not much to see here, but at least you don’t have to work hard. A hundred yards in, ignore Trail #152 on the left and continue up Trail #152A. (If you’re doing the loop to the top of the falls, you’ll see #152 later.) After 0.5 mile, you’ll traverse meadows with a view of an interesting rock formation to the left.
In this area you will also find western larch, which normally grows east of the mountains. You won’t notice this unless you visit in October, when its needles turn a dramatic gold. Soon after this, you’ll cross Falls Creek on a suspension bridge over a narrow gorge; look for some cool round, water-formed rock faces." Read more
"A superb three-tiered waterfall lures the hiker at the end of a riverside trail. Listen. The sound of the creek from below the trail, beside it, and above it will cue your family to the nearness of the rapids and the waterfall. Have the kids listen carefully and guess how close they are to the cataract." Read more