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With the exception of two short, steep hills, the trail climbs a moderate slope for its duration. It traverses a mixed pine forest and offers excellent opportunities to see the many different types of wildlife and vegetation in the area. The maintained trail parallels the east side of Squaw Creek and ends at an overlook above the falls. The Cascades, another falls site, can be reached by continuing for another 1/2 mile beyond the overlook. No trail exists between the Falls and the Cascades, but it is relatively easy to navigate the cross-country portion if you keep the creek in your sight.

The cycle of rain and snow makes Squaw Creek Falls an ever changing attraction. The water flowing over the falls comes from melting snow and glaciers on Broken Top and South Sister; causing the size of the falls to vary greatly with the time of year and even the time on day. From March to June alone the flow can increase by more than six times.

The melting snow carries sediment into the creek. At times, the creek can appear red or gray due to various types of sedimentation. Red cinders eroded off of volcanic rock may be present at times when the water flows fairly high. Late in the summer, a milky gray coloration can be caused by “glaciers and carried in the stream.

Wilderness permits are required on this trail. Day-use permits are available at the trailhead, overnight permits must be obtained from a Forest Service office or commercial outlet. No potable water or restroom facilities are available on the trail.

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