If you spend enough time in the Oregon outdoors, you realize that when it comes to winter weather, luck is a good partner to have by your side. So it was on a recent streamside stroll into a watershed where the rain is often measured in feet – not inches but where huge surprises waited at the end of the trail.

Drift Creek will carry you away — perhaps where imagination travels—on a wonderful trail alongside a classic “pool and drop” Oregon stream. Flanked by ferns, alder trees and vine maple, Drift Creek Trail winds through the rain-drenched Siuslaw National Forest.

The Drift Creek Trail is amazing until you arrive at something even better and bigger that will take your breath away: a 240-foot long cable suspension bridge! Anchored by cables and ties that are cemented into opposing bluffs, the bridge holds over a hundred fifty thousand pounds, so it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

While the bridge does offer a bit of a bounce, the thirty-inch wide tread is perfectly safe and the bird’s-eye view will leave you spellbound. As does Drift Creek Falls, a 75-foot freefall, whopper of a waterfall that’s located immediately below you.

about author Grant McOmie

Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.

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  1. ron says…

    Grant says you have directions to Drift Creek on this site but I don’t see them?!

    Written on January 6th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  2. Rhiannon West says…

    Directions can be found here: http://www.traveloregon.com/Explore-Oregon/Oregon-Coast/Outdoor-Recreation/Hike-Oregon/Hiking-and-Walking/Drift-Creek-Falls-Trail.aspx

    Written on January 6th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  3. Kara says…

    Yes a map or directions is what I immediately started looking for after watching this video. It is sadly missing even thought the video states that you will find it here.

    Written on January 6th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  4. KA says…

    The directions are just above the comment section in bold letters “Directions to Drift Creek Falls”

    They are also here: http://www.traveloregon.com/Explore-Oregon/Oregon-Coast/Outdoor-Recreation/Hike-Oregon/Hiking-and-Walking/Drift-Creek-Falls-Trail.aspx

    and you can google map it too, or just go towards Lincoln City, there are signs on the Hwy from Salem and signs going north on 101, even if you never get there, you have seen some of the most amazing sites ever.

    Written on January 6th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  5. Chris says…

    We went here in October – it is a fairly easy hike and quite a spectacular site!

    Written on January 6th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  6. Walt Raschke says…

    I can hardly wait to explore Drift Creek Falls site. THANK YOU, to Grant McOmie.

    Written on February 20th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  7. Lisa says…

    We went on this hike on Sunday 2/20/11. We were planing this hike all week then saw it on Grant’s Getaway the night before. AWESOME What a great hike. We did run into snow heading up. But my front wheel drive car made it with no problems. Will go again this summer. Great for kids and dogs.

    Written on February 23rd, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  8. Kaye Hill says…

    Made the hike mid-March (just after the tsunami). It was incredible. There were 5 of us, all in our 50’s and 60’s and it was still very doable. Took a little longer to come out than it did to go in, but loved every minute of it. Will do it again later and take kids and grandkids to share.

    Written on March 24th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  9. Tausha says…

    Has anyone ever been in the summer? Is it not flowing much? Is the path suitable for a baby stroller?

    Written on May 20th, 2014 / Flag this Comment
  10. Rick Pederson says…

    Drift Creek Falls Hike. Easy, beautiful and well worth the drive. Walk the entire trail only a mile and a hall to marker 7 and experience a wonderful site.

    Written on March 13th, 2017 / Flag this Comment
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