Drift Creek Falls

Otis, OR
Length: 3.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Wide, well groomed, kid friendly trail with a fun interpretive brochure that will educate you along the trail.  There is access to the creek at the bottom with good spots for kids to access/play and a nice spot for snacks and a break before heading back up the trail. Strollers can be used on most of the trail but the bridge is fairly narrow so bigger strollers may not fit. Also keep in mind you’ll be pushing it uphill 1.5 miles on the way back to the trail head, so I recommend using a carrier. I recommend having a full tank of gas before heading out as its a remote road after leaving Hwy 18. There is a fun covered bridge to enjoy on the drive up which can be viewed on a short side road a short distance from Hwy 18 from Otis.

My youngest was able to hike this on his own at about 4 years old, so totally doable with little legs especially if you make time for a picnic at the falls before heading back up.

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Waterfall

suspension bridge, waterfall, creek, interesting nurse logs/stumps, educational trail brochure, and lush forest views.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

I’m Jill, a mom to 3 energetic boys as well as a business owner. We live in Yamhill County, Oregon and I got involved with Hike it Baby in May 2016 as a Branch Ambassador.   As a self-employed business consultant, working from home while raising my boys started to feel a bit isolating.  Getting connected with my community was important to me and I wanted to get back out in the fresh air more. Even if we get out just once a week it makes a difference and I appreciate having that “unplugged” time. I look forward to getting more families to join me for adventures out on a trail.

I enjoy exploring new trails and rediscovering trails we’ve explored before in new seasons. Personally, I am drawn to any hike involving waterfalls so when I get a chance I am trying to find new ones to explore and find.

During the week most of our hikes are fairly close to home to accommodate our current school and work schedules, but no matter how big or small we like to get outside on adventures.   When we have more time we try to sneak a little further from home to explore the coast, Columbia Gorge, Central Oregon or out to the mountains.    My husband and I enjoyed hiking before having kids and are now trying to raise our boys to love the outdoors as well, and look forward to many adventures in our future.

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