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Upper Downing Creek Falls, OR

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Rated  Favorite Wish List OR > North Central
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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,113 feet
Elevation Gain 164 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.52
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   Sep, Jul, Aug, Jun
Sun  5:50am - 6:13pm
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Follow a decommissioned logging road up to an obvious social-trail that descends to Downing Creek. Follow the north bank until you reach the falls.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Upper Downing Creek Falls
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    I was lucky enough to make two trips out to Oregon this summer to visit friends and family. On the first trip in late June-early July, I visited Upper Downing Creek Falls.
    This is a really fun hike! Not only is it a quick stop at an amazing, secluded waterfall, but the road to the "trailhead" is a fun challenge on its own.
    I only saw two other people on a beautiful Sunday in early July, probably due to the fact that the upper falls is only accessible by driving to the end of an overgrown logging road that has been decommissioned for 15 years. I found this on an old topo map and I'm glad I finally had the chance to visit!

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Salem, take Oregon State Highway 22 south until you reach FR161. The turnoff is mostly hidden behind overgrown branches and the forest road is unmarked. Drive slow and look east for a dirt roading leading up the mountain.
    page created by arizona_water on Aug 28 2017 11:32 pm
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