McDowell Creek Falls

Lebanon, OR
Length: 1.60 mi.
Type: Lollipop

About This Trail

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You’re about to adventure to Majestic Falls and Royal Terrace Falls. Start at the lower parking lot and follow the signs the whole way. This lollipop loop starts at Royal Terrace Falls and continues onward towards Majestic Falls. You’ll cross the road twice, but both have signs. You’ll descend a series of wooden stairs down to the spray of Majestic Falls tumbling off of McDowell Creek, named after settler James McDowell, then you’ll cross the road back to lower Royal Terrace Falls on Fall Creek, then back to the parking lot.
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Trail Features

Surface type Mixed
Elevation gain 291 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Waterfall

Season Year-round; catch a wildflower display and gushing falls in the spring

Dogwood, moss, falls, mushrooms and more!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Get there
From Exit 228 off the I-5, go 23 miles east on Highway 20, then go left onto Fairview Road, left onto McDowell Creek Drive, and drive for 8 miles to the first signed parking lot on the east side of the road. No parking fee.

Trail Contributor

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Wendy Gorton holds a master’s degree in learning technologies and is a former classroom teacher. She worked as a National Geographic Fellow in Australia researching Tasmanian devils, a PolarTREC teacher researcher in archaeology in Alaska, an Earthwatch teacher fellow in the Bahamas and New Orleans, and a GoNorth! teacher explorer studying climate change via dogsled in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Today, she is a global education consultant who has traveled to more than fifty countries to design programs, build communities, and train other educators to do the same.


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