Trail

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

Carrier needed No
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
No

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 enjoy exploring new trails and rediscovering trails we’ve explored before in new seasons. Connecting with other families that are up for adventures is a great fit for our family and I only wish it had existed when I was first starting out on this Mom journey.

During the week most of our hikes are fairly close to home to accommodate our current nap, 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 or out to the mountains.   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.  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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