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.