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Lincoln City, Oregon, United States

Drift Creek Falls Trail

Spectacular 240-foot suspension bridge that hovers 100 feet above Drift Creek Falls.

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.1 miles / 5.0 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly • Dog Friendly
 
Overview: Flanked by ferns, alder trees and vine maple, Drift Creek Trail winds through the rain-drenched Siuslaw National Forest.

The highlight of the trail is a 240-foot long cable suspension bridge. Anchored by cables and ties that are cemented into opposing bluffs, the bridge holds over a hundred fifty thousand pounds.

While the bridge does offer a bit of a bounce, the thirty-inch wide tread is perfectly safe and the bird’s-eye view will leave you spellbound. As does Drift Creek Falls, a 65-foot freefall, whopper of a waterfall that’s located immediately below you.

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Tips: From Highway 101 just south of Lincoln City turn east on Drift Creek Rd. After 1.6 miles at a T turn right on Drift Creek Road. In .4 miles keep slight left on Drift Camp Creek Road. Follow this road for 10.5 windy miles on a paved road.

You need a Northwest Forest Pass, which can be bought for $5 at the trailhead.

Points of Interest

Parking
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Parking/Trailhead/Restrooms

You’ll need a $5 Northwest Forest Pass
Junction
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Trail Junction

Both of the trails in front of you will take you to the falls. The one on the right is shorter and easier. The one to the right follows a small ridge line, and is not that much more difficult.
Junction
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Trail Junction

This is the point that the two trails from POI 2 meet back up. Head South for the falls.
Viewpoint
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River View

A short little side trail to check out the river.
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Suspension Bridge

This 240ft suspension bridge is the longest in Oregon.
Water
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Drift Creek Falls Today

In August of 2010 there was a rock slide causing the look of these falls to change forever. A mammoth boulder, 60 feet long and 20 feet wide, now lies at the bottom of Drift Creek Falls. The falls, which once traveled 73 feet into a “plunge pool,” now emerge in a rushing cascade about 65 feet above the creek bed. The ravine below and the opposite bank are littered with angular rocks of various sizes that have changed the flow and character of the creek bed.
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Drift Creek Falls Pre August 2010

Here is what the falls used to look like before the rock slide.
Pictures in this guide taken by: JMilesMiller, riclop, gozirra, JonathanEllinger
Reviews
jshughey
Great easy hike for the family. The waterfall was beautiful and a sight not to be missed. We took our 3 and 5 year old along and they made it with no problem.
Visited on Jul 11, 2012

by jshughey on Jul 15, 2012
sparks7898
we have great time hike. It is light rain and mud to easy slick.
Visited on Jun 17, 2012

by sparks7898 on Jun 19, 2012
JMilesMiller
Was a nice sunny day when I visited. The bridge and waterfall are amazing. Do not miss.
Visited on Apr 30, 2011

by JMilesMiller on May 02, 2011

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