Hiking - Salt Creek Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will be meeting in the Best Buy parking lot, just off Gateway, at 8:30AM. I plan on setting up carpools and leaving at 9:00AM.

Salt Creek Falls is one of Oregon's tallest waterfalls, cascading 286' into a canyon. The drive is about 70 to 75 miles, so about 150 miles total. Please be willing to chip in between $10 and $15 to the drivers for their contribution to getting everyone to and from the trailhead safely. The hike along Salt Creek Falls to Fall Creek Falls is 6 miles round trip. I'm planning on going from Salt Creek Falls, along the northwest banks of Too Much Bear Lake, and continuing to Diamond Creek Falls, a 100' fan shaped falls, for a lunch stop. After relaxing a bit and enjoying our lunches, we will continue 1.3 miles up to Fall Creek Falls, a twisting and turning 40' cascade. From there we will head back to Diamond Creek Falls and take the southern trail around Too Much Bear Lake, and completing the smaller loop, back to the parking lot at Salt Creek Falls. There will be three falls, a lake, and many creeks along the trail to enjoy.

Trail Info: 6.0 miles, with 750 feet of elevation gain between Salt Creek Falls and Fall Creek Falls. The trail is in a canyon along many creeks and falls, so please dress accordingly and bring shoes that may get wet. The trail is rated as moderate, and can be found in William L. Sullivan's Third Edition of "100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades".

Where: Salt Creek Falls - About 75 miles from Eugene, near Willamette Pass.

When: 8:30AM at Best Buy, and leaving by 9:00AM.

Directions: Head south on I-5 to Exit 188A for HWY 58 - Willamette Highway. Continue on HWY 58 through Oakridge. About a mile after the tunnel turn right for the parking lot for Salt Creek Falls. There will be restrooms, along with an information kiosk. The trailhead is along the overlook pathway.

Details: I'm hoping to reach Salt Creek Falls around 10:30AM. We will take lunch at Diamond Creek Falls, so please pack snacks or a lunch in a backpack. I hope to be done and back to the cars by 4:00PM. It should give us enough time to enjoy the views, take pictures, and have a lunch at the falls, without ever feeling rushed. We can vote for where to stop to eat in Oakridge on the way home.

Contact: Matthew Howell - (541)[masked]

Forest Service: Middle Fork Ranger District - (541)[masked]

Requirements and Suggestions: Atleast a liter of water and a lunch. I highly recommend comfortable, light, quick drying clothing, since we will be near a lot of water, and for the heat, and durable hiking shoes or boots. Please also remember to bring insect repellent, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Carpooling: Please indicate in the comments or your RSVP if you can drive or need a ride. Thanks, and I hope to see you on the trails.

Parking Passes and Forest Regulations: Salt Creek Falls requires a Northwest Forest Pass. They are $5 for a single day use, or $30 for an annual pass. They are available at REI, and other local sporting goods stores. Please bring one if you have one.

* Also, the hike is limited to 12 hikers, due to the "12 Heartbeat Rule". In principle, the rule regulates the amount of foot traffic per group on the trail at one time. Pets count as a heartbeat. Many trails in the wilderness have this rule to keep the trails from being damaged from overuse by large groups, and to embrace the feeling of some solitude in the wilderness.

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  • BW

    A normal hike for this group (always the best)

    September 1, 2012

  • Upinder S.

    This was my first hike and it was a lot of fun. Met several new people and had pretty good time. Look forward to more and thanks Matt for arranging it.

    September 1, 2012

  • Upinder S.

    On my way to Best Buy

    September 1, 2012

  • Upinder S.

    any idea what time we will be back in Eugene? Thanks

    August 30, 2012

    • Upinder S.

      you read my mind :) Sounds good if we are back by 6:00pm. It will be a double header then, hiking during the day and an evening of football game. Perfect!

      September 1, 2012

    • Roy W.

      ... or evening of Salsa dancing in my case!

      September 1, 2012

  • Roy W.

    I'll definitely be there about 8:50 (that is the time the bus gets there). Can you please save me a spot in a car?

    1 · August 31, 2012

    • Matthew H.

      Thanks for letting me know, Roy. I will wait for you since you made the effort to notify me in advance of your arrival by bus. I should have room in my car for you.

      August 31, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    I will see everyone at Best Buy in the morning. I will be leaving promptly at 9:00AM, so be on time at 8:30AM so we can set up carpools and be on our way. Also be sure to bring sunscreen, mosquito repellent, gas money for the drivers, as well as water and a lunch.

    August 31, 2012

  • bridge

    Hey BW are you still able to pick me up tomorrow? And what time?

    August 31, 2012

  • bridge

    Yeeeyy more falls

    August 28, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    I'm looking forward to the hike. It should be a good one. I was just up at the falls on Saturday. Also, be sure to remember to bring money for the drivers for this trip. Let them know we all appreciate them driving and getting us all there and back safely. Thanks.

    August 28, 2012

  • Fran B.

    I was totally stoked to get to go on this one... :( my pregnant daughter is getting close tho, and I need to stay close to home in case she goes into labor. Hope you all have fun, I look forward to the pics and the next hike!!!!

    1 · August 27, 2012

  • Upinder S.

    If we need more drivers, I can drive as well. I can take 4 people in my car with me.

    August 19, 2012

  • Fran B.

    I am in Albany, so will probably meet at the parking lot at the falls. If anyone needs a ride from Albany or Corvallis, I would be glad help with rides.

    August 18, 2012

  • bridge

    yes thanks very much to those driving and thanks matt for clarifying that for me

    August 16, 2012

  • bridge

    Be I would really appreciate the ride. Things are nutts. Hey how much should I bring total for gas up there and back? It was a bit embarrassing last time only having $10 and being told it was not enough. I just didn't have the other $5

    August 16, 2012

    • Matthew H.

      The trip is 150 miles round trip, so I would suggest between $5 and $10 for gas per person. For longer trips try your best to pay what seems fair for the distance and all. I think with enough people carpooling together we can keep prices to a minimum. Thank you to everyone that has been willing to drive and provide transportation to others for the trips. I greatly appreciate it.

      August 16, 2012

    • Matthew H.

      Also the price per person goes up if there are less people in the vehicle. I will even let the passengers know the total miles, my car's average miles per gallon and the price per gallon. Then divide that by how many passengers.

      August 16, 2012

  • BW

    -Mat , Nancy and Bridge- I am picking up Nancy on E Amazon S.E.Eugene, where i live.I decided that I don't want to drive.Bridge also needs a ride from W.11th. If no one lives closer,I could pick her up with Nancy and go to Best Buy Gateway.I'm hoping some one can drive all of us up and back? Thanks

    1 · August 15, 2012

    • Matthew H.

      BW - If you can pick them up and get them to Best Buy, it would be greatly appreciated. I should have some room in my car, and I know a few others will also be driving. Will be good to see you again. How's that leg been treating you?

      August 15, 2012

  • bridge

    I'm moving so won't be biking distance can anyone give me a ride ? I'm by the Dutch bros on 11th @ chambers

    August 12, 2012

  • BW

    Mat-I will be picking up Nancy and meeting you all at Best Buy.I will be driving up with Nancy and be able to take 1 to 2 others.Any one that would like a ride with us ,please let me know.

    August 11, 2012

    • Matthew H.

      BW - Thanks for being willing to pick up Nancy and drive. I greatly appreciate it.

      August 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Matt: I made correction. I was thinking if I had a guest, they'd have a vehicle and we'd maybe go separately and/or be an available driver (w/ shared gas cost), but you wouldn't know that was what I was thinking. ;o) Sorry for theconfusion! ;-)

    August 3, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    Nancy - The way the waiting list works is that due to you having a plus one, you will have to wait until two spots open up before getting a spot. I do not control that, it is a Meetup feature. What that does is skip over some. Keep an eye on the list and hopefully something works out.

    August 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since you have 12 in a group, can I start another small group that includes hiker and pet. I live in the Westfir-Oakridge area.

    August 3, 2012

    • Matthew H.

      Mitz - I would recommend signing up on the waiting list, as usual a few people will drop off as the date gets closer. If you don't end up making the list of 12, you are more than welcome to go on your own or with others, but it would have to be apart from our group. The reasoning is for the amount of trail traffic a large group makes. So the groups would have to spaced out and most likely go at different times of the day.

      August 3, 2012

    • Matthew H.

      Mitz - Also, if you do make the list of 12, I would prefer no dogs. My reasoning for this is that I, along with others, are out there to enjoy the scenery and possibly see some wildlife. Dogs scare off wildlife and some other hikers may not be comfortable around dogs. There are occasional hikes where dogs are welcome though.

      August 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Matthew: Thanks, that'd be great. I make it as easy as possible for the person driving (i.e. I'm punctual).

    July 23, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    Nancy - I live on the opposite side of Eugene, more of the Northwest corner of it. We will try to get you picked up somehow though hat you can come with. I know that BW is in your area, so I can ask him if he can help get you to the meetup place.

    July 21, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    Annabel - I may have another day hike planned for August 11th. I will let others know what I come up with.

    July 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone live near SE Eugene, where I could meet you at E. 30th Albertson's to share a ride (and gas cost)? I'd REALLY appreciate it! Perhaps we could just head out to I-5 (just 5 min. away) from there to hwy 58? If okay w/ Matthew, maybe then we could just meet the rest of the group along hwy 58, like at a grocery mart?

    July 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What Chris says sounds good: Early Fall = color in leaves & low bug level.

    July 18, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    I was thinking of doing this hike on either August 11th or September 1st. Both are Saturdays. Even later into September or October, as Chris recommends, is an option. Opinions and suggestions are welcome.

    July 18, 2012

  • Chris I.

    Oh man this is a great hike, early fall is the best, low bug level and leaves are starting to true color.

    1 · July 11, 2012

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