Lower Diamond Creek Falls
Photographer: G. Price
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Lower Diamond Creek Falls** is 21 miles east of Oakridge on highway 58.
Photograph specifics: 1/20 S, ISO100, lens 18mm, aperture 22, tripod, polarizer
Photograph specifics: 1/30 S, ISO100, lens 18mm, aperture 11, tripod, polarizer
(same exit as Salt Creek Falls)
Lower Diamond Creek Falls .. GPS N43º 36.442', W122º 8.65', Elevation above sea level 4330 ft.
Waterfall at halfway point ...... GPS N43º 36.669', W122º 8.2', Elevation above sea level 4100 ft.
0.4 miles past the tunnel (0.2 miles in length) turn right at sign for Salt Creek Falls Viewpoint.
- Facilities are available near the parking area (day use fee $5 or annual Northwest Forest Pass).
- To the left of the parking area is a 1.2 mile trail leading to the falls. Follow signs for Diamond Creek.
- There is a trail that leads down to the base of the falls (left picture)
as indicated by the sign below:
A panoramic view from the left side of the falls can be had by staying on the original trail
and going an additional 100 feet further (right picture)
A viewpoint halfway along the trail indicated by the second GPS affords an
obstructed view of a waterfall on the same creek:
** As noted by the sign shown above, the waterfall shown at the top of the page is listed as 'lower'.
The implication is that if there is a 'lower' there must be an 'upper'. This is not the case.
The waterfall with an obstructed view seen from the aforementioned viewpoint actually is lower than
the one listed as 'lower'. Theory: Fall Creek Falls may have been thought of as
Upper Diamond Creek in the past. Once it was determined that Fall Creek is a tributary feeding
Diamond Creek its designation changed. But, Lower Diamond Creek Falls kept its moniker.
Snow and ice can make the trek treacherous. Watch your step.
And, above all, take in the scenery while trekking up. It's glorious.
Snow pass required after Nov 15.