Drift Creek Falls Hike – Siuslaw National Forest

Drift Creek Falls
Drift Creek Falls

Looking for a fun and easy hike the whole family can enjoy? Drift Creek Falls is located near Lincoln City, deep in the Siuslaw National Forest. The drive there is a bit complicated and GPS is glitchy because of the lack of phone service out in the forest, so feel free to take a map with you so you don’t get lost.

Drift Creek Falls
Panoramic view of Drift Creek Falls

The trail head can be reached via two different directions, one coming from near Lincoln City, and the other coming from off of Highway 18. A great tool for navigating your way to Drift Creek Falls is by using the app AllTrails which offers extensive directions to getting to this out in the middle of nowhere location. The drive is mainly straight forward, but does have some turns in it that are necessary to know, especially if you are coming from Lincoln City, rather than using the Highway 18 route.

Drift Creek Falls

The Drift Creek Falls Trail is approximately 2.6 miles long, and ends with you overlooking a beautiful waterfall from a long suspension bridge. Open year round, this hike is great for all age groups, and you can even bring your dog, so long as they are kept on a leash.

Drift Creek Falls
Small river found over halfway to the waterfall.

Foot traffic is heavy during the summer months and lighter during the winter. You must purchase a pass to park at the trail head, or pay by cash or check once you’ve arrived. If you plan on beginning this hike close to dark, bring a flashlight along with you, as the canopy of trees lets even less light in, making it harder to see the path.

Drift Creek Falls
Suspension bridge overlooking Drift Creek Falls

Feel free to bring a light lunch or snack with you while hiking this trail. Going back to your car is a bit harder as the path into the forest was mainly downhill, causing the return to be mainly uphill, so take your time if need be. You’re sure to see plenty of others while hiking here, so be sure to share the trail, stay safe, and have fun!

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