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Sweet Creek Falls Trail

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Wooded canyon, Beautiful waterfall, lovely creek views
Near:Mapleton, OR
Distance:3.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:500 ft
Hike Time:2 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: Just in the parking lot you can get a feel for how gorgeous this hike will be. As you start down the trail stop at the small bench and watch the salmon jumping in the rushing stream. There are numerous places to walk out onto the rocky shore for a little off trail exploring, but please avoid walking across the fragile riparion soil. Wildlife and wildflowers abound as the trail follows the beautiful creek past several mini-falls. Halfway down the trail a small stream tumbles down a mossy rock face into the creek, as you follow some small boardwalks around the canyon. Soon you will see the falls up ahead, feel free to follow a side trail to the top of the rock face and watch the water tumble into the small pool below. If you feel brave, take a small swim in the icy cold waters. If I ever find "The One" this is where i will propose to her. With small reluctance you head back to your car but you can experiance the beauties again on your way there.
Trailhead:  On hwy 126 from Eugene to Florence turn left onto Sweet Creek Road just before the Mapleton bridge. Take a left when the road Y's, keeping on Sweet Creek Road. The Trailhead is appx 10 miles from the Hwy, marked with a small sign. There is a small paved parking lot.
If you choose you can keep driving for 1.7 miles on Sweet Creek Road and go directly to the falls, but you will miss some absolutely beautiful scenery. (Lat:43.96252 Lon:-123.90411)

Trail Guides for Sweet Creek Falls Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: U.S. Forest Service, Mapleton Ranger District (541) 902-8526
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Wilson, who has posted  18 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 3   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Matt on 2/12/2013
Great hike! Worth the drive. Be aware, Sweet Creek Road is undergoing construction, and is only open for five minutes an hour to through traffic. Times are from the :55 to the top of the hour. Plan accordingly.

Reviewed by JAM on 6/8/2011
Excellent easy hike! If the water is low enough, you can cross the water at the end (by the falls) and continue on the trail up to Beaver Falls.

Reviewed by Eric on 9/8/2009
Absolutely fantastic trail. Kid friendly, easy and what a series of views. Nature is indeed beautiful.

Reviewed by Sarah on 7/20/2009
One of my new favorite places to go, its absolutely beautiful! The trail gets very narrow in spots, and seems to be popular as you will see lots of people, but its definately worth it. Our dogs loved that we could stop and let them play in the creek for a bit.

Reviewed by Russ on 9/18/2008
Great Hike. Took my 5 and 3 year old kids, and they enjoyed it. Was fairly easy, and we ended up dipping our feet in the water more then once in one of the numerous pools by all the water falls. Will definately keep this hike on the top of the list of good family hikes. Also, the directions are easy as far as getting there. Just turn on Sweet Creek Road and stay on it for about 10 miles. Great place.

Reviewed by rah on 7/31/2008
Never been... is it jogger stroller friendly?

Reviewed by Erin on 5/6/2008
Pay attention to the directions submitted by the reviewers! This was among the best hikes I've ever done. I was able to do it at 6 months pregnant, and my 2.5-year-old was able to walk about 3/4+ of it. It's an easy-ish hike on a well-maintained trail, and you get a payoff EVERY STEP OF THE WAY! It's simply gorgeous out here, especially in May. The only thing is, there wasn't a great place to just sit and eat a picnic lunch and enjoy the falls - it's a bit rocky - but we made do and definitely hope to do it again.

Reviewed by Viewer on 3/26/2007
This was one of my first hikes as a new Oregonian. It remains one of my personal favorites. Every new turn offers a delightful discovery. It doesn't seem to matter what time of the year I visit either. Every season varies the view. I prefer going during the week because it does get rather populated during the weekends, especially during the summer. ************

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