Shellburg Falls

Mehama, OR
Length: 2.80 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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This trail starts off as a wide gravel path that will lead you through a cow pasture. It does not feel much like the wildreness but keep going, it will be worth it. The gravel road continues for less than a mile before entering the Santiam State Forest. At 1.2 miles, you’ll cross a short bridge over Shellburg Creek. To the left of the bridge are a few steps and a narrow trail that will lead you to the waterfall.

Submitted by Kyla Phillips

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Mixed
Elevation gain 410 ft.
Stroller friendly No
Stroller terrain No Wheels
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Shaded Hike, Waterfall, and Wildlife Viewing

Opportunity to see cows
Beautiful waterfall
Mild trail for all skill levels

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

If the parking lot is full, you will have to park along the side of Fern Ridge Road.

There is an information kiosk at the trailhead.

Trail Contributor

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Hike it Baby Trail Guide is managed by the Family Trail Guide team. If a trail has been “abandoned” by the initial owner, it gets adopted by the team. Also, if there are no trails in the area, the Family Trail Guide team researches trails that are family friendly in the area to insure that hikes cover all areas where Hike it Baby hikes.


Trail Map

Getting There

Drive south on I-5 and take Exit 253 for Highway 22, Stayton, and Detroit Lake.

After 22 miles, turn left onto Fern Ridge Road, just after a sign for Mehama, Lyons, Albany.

Drive 1.3 miles on Fern Ridge Road and turn right into a trailhead parking area at the junction with gated Shellburg Falls Road.