Drift Creek Falls
Photographer: G. Price
back to waterfalls - HWY 101
Drift Creek Falls is east of Lincoln City.
Acrophobics and vertigo sufferers beware:
To view the falls you must walk a very high suspension bridge.
How high? The waterfall is appr. 75 feet high (22.9 meters)
CAUTION: Road leading to the falls is narrow and has many curves that make
it hard to see oncoming traffic. Approach all curves with caution.
Trail Start: GPS N44º 56.137', W123º 51.350', Elevation above sea level 880 ft.
Waterfall: GPS N44º 55.982', W123º 51.036', Elevation above sea level 990 ft.
There are two entry points to access the falls. The first is below.
Directions - from Highway 101:
As the sign at the trail site shows below, there is a second entry point to get to the falls.
- Four miles south of Lincoln City, turn east on Drift Creek Road
(the turnoff will be between mileposts 119 and 120).
- After nearly 1.5 miles turn right at the T-junction.
- 0.3 miles from the T-junction look for a Y-junction with a narrow one lane paved road on the left.
Fork left up the hill. This will be the road to the Drift Creek Trail (Drift Creek Camp Road, Forest Road 17).
- Follow all signs that say "Drift Creek TRAIL / HWY 18".
- Ten miles from the Y-junction is the parking area for the Falls trail.
There is a vault toilet and Day Use Fee applies.
(Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased at sporting good stores).
- The path to Drift Creek Falls from the parking area is appr. 1.5 miles.
Path is fairly flat and easy to traverse.
Directions - from Highway 18:
Can you see the suspension bridge leading from the top of the falls? High, isn't it?
- Just before mileage marker 5, turn south on N. Bear Creek Road
- After approximately one mile follow signs for Drift Creek Trail. Road will
have a short section where it is gravel (with that washboard affect). Then it will
become a one lane paved road with turnoffs.
- Nine miles from the Highway 18 is the parking area for the Falls trail.
A better view of the suspension bridge (150 feet long). Getting nervous?