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Hiking - Sweet Creek Falls

  • Jan 12, 2014 · 8:30 AM

A rather easy hike, with several trails leading to great views of the falls along the creek. The area was founded by Oregon Trail pioneers back in 1879. A section of the trail was once used to transport dairy to the once thriving coastal town of Cushman, just east of Florence. The trail is popular with local hikers, as the trail uses catwalks mounted into the rocks to allow hikers to enjoy the creek as if walking right on the water.

Trail Info: All the trails to each of the falls is a combined 5.2 miles with just 650 feet of elevation gain. William L. Sullivan's book rates the hikes as moderate, due in part to a decent drop on the far side of the falls that has a bit of a switchback. Trails are also rated on how wide they are, how well maintained, vegetation overgrowth and roots and rocks. This hike should be good for all skill levels and kids are more than welcome to join with a responsible adult.

Where: Sweet Creek Falls is located about 60 miles west of Eugene, near Mapleton, in the Siuslaw National Forest.

When: Sunday, January 12

Directions: Take Highway 126 west from Eugene towards Mapleton. Just before the bridge crossing into Mapleton turn left onto Sweet Creek Road. Follow this paved road for 10.2 miles to a marked trailhead on the right. The trailhead will be marked as the Homestead Trailhead. There is a restroom available at this parking lot.

Details: I plan on leaving the Target parking lot in Eugene by 9:00AM. I'm hoping to get to the trailhead by 10:00AM. My plan is to hike in 1.1 miles along the trail to Sweet Creek Falls, following the catwalks. At the falls we can take a lunch, and some pictures. We will then hike back out 1.1 miles to the parking lot. From there we will drive up the road a bit to another trailhead to see Beaver Creek Falls, and some history about the trails. The trail to Beaver Creek Falls is just 0.6 miles, and has a great view. After seeing Beaver Creek Falls we will cross the road and take a trail that will allow us to see Sweet Creek Falls a bit from above and also from a much better view. We will take some pictures and then return to our cars, completing 5.2 miles along the trails. I hope to be able to return to Eugene before 4:00PM. Please keep in mind other hiker's pace, stops for pictures, and driving and lunch. I like to enjoy my hikes and I take a lot of pictures. I hike to see things, not just go from trailhead to destination as quickly as I can. I try to allow those that like to hike faster to do so. Also those that hike a bit slower are always welcome, just hike with a partner if you do. Thanks for being understanding.

Contacts: Matt Howell - (541)[masked]

Forest Service: Central Coast Ranger District - (541)[masked]

Requirements and Suggestions: I require that all hikers on the hike carry enough water for themselves to drink for the entire 5.2 miles. About 2 liters should be good. Also, please dress in layers, avoid any cotton, and bring rain gear. Each hiker is responsible for themselves, but not being prepared endangers the safety of themselves and others in the group. The trails will most likely be wet or icy, and the catwalks are right above the creek, so bring good hiking shoes or boots. Please pack a lunch to enjoy for the day. Anyone that needs to borrow a backpack for the hike, please let me know beforehand. I have a few I can loan out.

Ten Essentials: Every hiker should have these on them, even for short day hikes.  http://www.meetup.com/Willamette-Valley-Outdoors/messages/boards/thread/25318292

Carpooling: We will carpool from Target on West 11th in Eugene.  A picture of where we will meet, at Target, is provided below.  The trip is about 120 miles total, so if you are riding with someone, please bring between $10 and $15 for the driver's contribution to getting everyone to and from the trailheads safely. If you are riding the bus to Target, or need a ride there, please arrange so with others before the trip.

Parking Passes and Forest Regulations: No parking fee is required at this trailhead.

Looking forward to seeing you on the trail.

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  • Matthew H.

    A video I made of our hike. http://youtu.be/-ZbKbMFNECs

    January 17, 2014

  • claire b.

    Just uploaded mine. I can only upload the ones from my phone so they are not the best ones. The ones on my digital cam are kinda just stuck there. I will find a way to upload them soon.

    January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did you guys leave early? I'm at target and just saw a van and car full of people leave - I got here at 8:50

    January 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks James! I'm glad I was able to catch up! Next time, I'll know when to arrive.

      January 12, 2014

    • claire b.

      glad you still came!!!!!

      January 13, 2014

  • claire b.

    thanks :) that was really nice :)

    January 13, 2014

  • l3db3tt3r

    Water Falls and Water fell from the ski

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • melanie

    Sorry I missed the trip. I had to cover for someone at work. Can't wait until I can actually make a hike or two!

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • Matthew H.

      Sorry you missed out. There will be more hikes to come. Look forward to seeing you join us.

      January 12, 2014

  • Destiny

    Was thrilled to be able to attend this meetup, until I woke up this morning not being able to breathe and very congested. :( Why get sick now?! So sorry to not make it today, have a wonderful time everyone!

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • Roberta C

      Hope you get better. This is nasty stuff. I am slowly getting over it. Take care.

      1 · January 12, 2014

    • Matthew H.

      Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I hope you feel better soon. Look forward to seeing you on a trip again soon.

      January 12, 2014

  • Kathy

    Wet & wonderful!! :-) SO Beautiful!

    2 · January 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I hope Molly is happy and warm! She's probably snoozing - she was tuckered out!

      2 · January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Matt for a great hike. I really enjoyed it, even though some liquid sunshine went down my neck and back - haha. I look forward to hiking with this group of fun people again!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Garry

    Great hike. A little wet but great scenery.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • claire b.

    Very much looking forward to meeting all of you and any dogs attending!!!!!! :)

    January 11, 2014

  • Kathy

    Hey Matt! It looks like the trail is okay for dogs. Do you mind if I bring Molly?

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure yet whether I can make it, but if I can, can I bring my dogs? They are both under 20 pounds and hearty little hikers. Thanks!

    January 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for getting back to me. I won't make it tomorrow after all, but I like the idea of taking them on Meetup hikes when possible. They are fine with other dogs and people. Have fun tomorrow!

      1 · January 11, 2014

    • claire b.

      hope to meet them another time!!!! :)

      January 11, 2014

  • claire b.

    yay, dogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 11, 2014

  • Kari

    Have to catch the next one, my brother's coming to town and just firmed up his plans today. Have fun!

    January 9, 2014

  • Roberta C

    As this is one of my favorite hikes along with my grandkids and I will surely miss this hike, I will need to bow out. I am still not up to par after having the flu and still congested. Everyone have a great time.

    January 9, 2014

  • Garry

    If I get off the waiting list I can carpool from Albany.

    1 · January 6, 2014

    • Garry

      Thanks, There are a couple of people ahead of me. Get to feeling better.

      January 7, 2014

    • Garry

      Tina, Sounds good. Plan A will be to leave Home Depot @ 7:45. If we meet Corvallis people the time may change. Stay tuned!

      January 7, 2014

  • Matthew H.

    I added a few spots, as the interest in this hike has increased. I don't like having too large of a group on hikes. It crowds the trails. If someone would like to help me in making sure we all move a long the trail and stick together, it will be greatly appreciated.

    January 7, 2014

  • Chuck H.

    I will bow out... I will be attending a wonderful birthday party for my gf's niece

    January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, I love this combo. I call it "The Full Monty" because the last bit shows Sweet Creek Falls in all it's glory. I have a Subaru Outback wagon and will be happy to drive from the meetup point at Target. I can take 3 or 4.

    2 · January 3, 2014

  • charles e.

    I have gone to Sweet Creek with a Golden Retriver and had no problem.A friend took both of her ( large) dogs, and they were fine too.

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • ying

    Hi Matt, the reservation is closed?

    December 24, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      It should be fixed now. Thanks for catching that.

      December 24, 2013

  • Kathy

    Yes, I have to ask: Dogs?

    December 24, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I'm not sure, as there are grated walkways over much of the trail. The openings may be hazardous for the dog's feet? If others have taken their dogs there, and had no problems, please let me know.

      December 24, 2013

  • melanie

    Hi! I'm a new member and finally have some time to join in the fun with this hike. I would really like to car pool but don't know anyone yet. Is there anyone I may ride with :) I will compensate :) I live in Junction City if anyone needs a ride from there to Eugene.

    December 24, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      We carpool for all events. If you can get to Target, where we will meeting for this trip, there will be someone you can ride with.

      December 24, 2013

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