May, 2016 Edition

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Waterfalls

Spirit Falls
Type of Falls: Fan
Trail Length: 0.35 mile
Rating: Difficult
Aptly named, this 60-foot waterfall somehow seems surreal, with water from Alex Creek rushing through moss-covered bedrock.
Directions: From I-5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174), travel east on Row River Road 19.4 miles to junction of Layng Creek Road (#17) and Brice Creek Road (#2470/22). Turn left on Layng Creek Road (#17), traveling 9.0 miles to gravel Road #1790. Turn right and continue 0.1 mile to Spirit Falls Trailhead.

Moon Falls
Type of Falls: Fan
Trail Length: 0.5 mile
Rating: Easy
This spectacular 125-foot waterfall ranges from a plunging torrent during the spring rains to a lacy cascade in the summer.
Directions: From I-5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174), travel east on Row River Road 19.4 miles to junction of Layng Creek Road (#17) and Brice Creek Road (#2470/22). Turn left on Layng Creek Road (#17), traveling 9.0 miles to gravel Road #1790. Turn right and continue 0.3 mile to Road #1702. Turn left, traveling 2.8 miles to Road 1702-728. Follow Road 1701-728 for 0.3 mile before turning left on Road 1702-203. Continue 0.1 mile to trailhead. Moon Falls Trail #1423 leads to the base of the falls.






Brice Creek Falls
Type of Falls: Punchbowl and Cascade
Trail Length: 0.3 mile
Rating: Easy
The Brice Creek corridor is a scenic, rocky canyon with numerous small waterfalls and pools in the creek. One area along Brice Creek includes several small falls that share the same plunge pool.
Directions: From I-5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174), travel east on Row River Road 19.4 miles to junction of Layng Creek Road (#17) and Brice Creek Road (#22470/22). Turn right on Brice Creek Road and continue 4.7 miles on Road 22 to Cedar Creek Campground. Follow the Brice Creek Trail #1403 up-stream to numerous small waterfalls.

Trestle Creek Falls
Type of Falls: Fan
Trail Length: 0.6 mile
Rating: Moderate
Enjoy this scenic 60-foot waterfall nestled in a moss-covered rock grotto surrounded by a towering old-growth forest.
Directions: From I-5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174), travel east on Row River Road 19.4 miles to junction of Layng Creek Road (#17) and Brice Creek Road (#2470/22). Turn right on Brice Creek Road, traveling 8.3 miles. Park at Brice/Champion Creek Trailhead just before the bridge. Cross bridge to Brice Creek Trail #1403, hiking 0.4 mile to Trestle Creek Falls Trail #1403C. Continue for 0.25 mile to falls.

Upper Trestle Creek Falls
Type of Falls: Tiered
Trail Length: 2.6 miles (loop)
Rating: Difficult
Take this unique opportunity to walk behind a 65-foot tiered waterfall.
Directions: From I-5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174), travel east on Row River Road 19.4 miles to junction of Layng Creek Road (#17) and Brice Creek Road (#2470/22). Continue straight on Brice Creek Road, traveling 8.3 miles to the Brice/Champion Creek Trailhead just before the bridge. There is parking and a vault toilet at this location. Walk across the bridge, pass Brice Creek Trailhead and continue 50 feet to Upper Trestle Creek Trailhead.

Pinard Falls
Type of Falls: Tiered
Trail Length: 0.6 mile
Rating: Difficult
The trail goes downslope 0.6 miles to a viewpoint and resting bench that offers a beautiful view of the 105-foot waterfall.
Directions: From I-5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174), travel east on Row River Road 19.4 miles to junction of Layng Creek Road (#17) and Brice Creek Road (2470/22). Turn left on Layng Creek Road (#17), travelling 9.0 miles to gravel road #1790. Turn right and continue 3.6 miles to Pinard Falls Trailhead.

Parker Falls
Type of Falls: Fan
Trail Length: 0.8 mile
Rating: Difficult
Following parts of an old trail used by early rangers, this narrow, rocky, main trail leads to the Lower (35-foot) and Upper Parker (40-foot) waterfalls.
Directions: From I-5 at Cottage Grove (Exit 174), travel east on Row River Road 19.4 miles to junction of Layng Creek Road (#17) and Brice Creek Road (#2470/22). Turn right on Brice Creek Road (#2470/22), traveling 10.8 miles to turnout at west end of bridge crossing Brice Creek. Hike on Trail #1415 0.5 mile to lower falls, 0.8 mile to upper falls.