May be closed during fire season (often 7/1-10/1).
Drift Creek Falls is 66' tall and is spanned by a 240-foot long pedestrian suspension bridge. It is one of the highlights of the Oregon Coast Range.
Need to Know
The roads in this area may be closed during fire season (often 7/1-10/1). See oregon.gov/odf/Fire/Pages/R…
. This area is remote and uninhabited, and you may encounter log trucks. It would be easy to get lost among the maze of logging roads, and so a GPS, the MTB Project mobile app
, and good map skills are recommended.
This route begins on the Siletz River Road
about six miles northwest of the ghost town Valsetz and 15.7 miles northeast of Moonshine Park. It heads northwest along Gravel Creek climbing steadily for about five miles. It then begins to level out for about three miles, before a long, steep descent dropping 400' in about a mile. Then, as you approach your destination, there is a brief but steep climb (gaining 300' in 0.3 of a mile).
At the end of this GPS track, there is a hiking trail loop that takes you to the falls, reaching the suspension bridge in 1.2 miles. Bicycles are prohibited. The waterfall is spectacular and the view from the bridge is impressive, and so it is definitely worth the hike. See Drift Creek Falls on Hiking Project
If you continue west on NF-17, you'll reach Siletz Bay near Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast in 12 miles.
Shared By: Nelson Binggeli