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South Fork Santiam, Oregon, United States

McDowell Creek Falls

Easy hike along McDowell Creek with lower and upper views of Royal Terrace Falls & Majestic Falls.

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.6 miles / 2.6 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly
 
Overview: Visitors to the crystal clear water of McDowell Creek will be rewarded with the beautiful vistas of Royal Terrace and Majestic Falls from the bridges and viewing decks along the hiking trails of this lush green park. The McDowell Creek Falls offer exceptional scenery with places to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch. Some fishing and wading is available in the pools below the falls.

The trail itself is easy, and great for families.


Tips: To drive here take Hwy 20 4 miles east of Lebanon, and turn left at the McDowell Creek Park exit. Simply follow the signs for 9 miles. Park at the parking lot labeled Royal terrace Falls.

Bring a sack lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables.

Bring a swim suit for the kids to wade in the water.

Points of Interest

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Trailhead

Junction
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Trail Junction

Turn left for lower Royal Terrace Falls viewpoint, or turn right to hike to the top of Royal Terrace Falls.
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Royal Terrace Falls-Lower Viewpoint

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Crystal Pool

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Majestic Falls-Lower Viewpoint

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Majestic Falls-Upper Viewpoint

Junction
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Parking Lot

If you want to forgo the hike altogether you can park here and view Majestic Falls.

If hiking follow the road to the trail ahead.
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Trail Junction

Turn left here to hike to upper Royal Terrace Falls. There is a very short steep section here. If you have really little kids you can skip this section, keep walking down the road, across the bridge and connect back to the trail you were on earlier.
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Royal Terrace Falls-Upper Viewpoint

Pictures in this guide taken by: JMilesMiller, Jordan Higley

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