Salt Creek Falls

This stunning waterfall is easy to see and worth the stop every time.

Salt Creek Falls Observation Site and Picnic Area is located near Oakridge - Westfir in the Cascade Mountains.

  • Salt Creek Falls is Oregon's second highest single drop waterfall, cascading 286 feet (87m). (Multnomah Falls is the highest.)
  • Salt Creek Falls is one of Oregon's most powerful falls, with an average yearly flow of 50,000 gallons per minute surging over the rocks.
  • The primary observation platform at the top of the waterfall is only 50 yards (45.720 m) from the parking lot. The platform is wheelchair accessible with railings that accommodate wheelchair sight-lines.
  • A loop gravel trail (Salt Creek Falls Trail #3673) with interpretive signage offers a short hike with multiple vantage points along the canyon rim.
  • A steep trail from the platform to the waterfall's base is short, but is not wheelchair accessible due to numerous stairs. The best viewpoint is said to be halfway down this path.

Salt Creek Falls Viewing Platform by Eugene, Cascades & Coast


  • Large paved parking lot
  • Wheelchair accessible restrooms with flush toilet
  • Picnic area
  • Willamette National Forest - Middle Fork Ranger District
  • Day Use Fee Area ($5 a vehicle) or Recreation Pass required. Permits may be purchased at the Adventure Center in Springfield
  • Facilities close in winter 
  • Adjacent the Salt Creek Sno-Park in winter
  • Connects to Diamond Creek Falls Trail #3598
  • Connects to Vivian Lake Trail #3662    

Directions: Salt Creek Falls Observation Site is 23 miles (37.015 km) southeast of Oakridge and approximately 5 miles (8.0467 km) west of Willamette Pass. From Hwy 58 look for the signs, turn onto FS Road 5893 and follow the signs.


Salt Creek Falls

  • Hwy 58, east of milepost 58, Oakridge OR 97463
  • P: 541.782.2283


  • If you are a waterfall aficionado, continue the hike to see Diamond Creek Falls.
  • Willamette Pass Resort offers amazing views of nearby peaks and mountain lakes. During winter enjoy the skiing, and during summer, if you are lucky, the Gondola will be whisking passengers to the summit for sightseeing.
  • The Willamette Fish Hatchery has a charming miniature golf course, museum and picnicking area.
  • Mountain biking is popular in this region. Rent a bike in Oakridge and take an enjoyable ride in Greenwaters Park. 
  • Poke around the covered bridges accessible off Hwy 58 between Lowell and Westfir. 

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