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Three Waterfalls Loop

  • Length:
    12.5 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Challenging
  • Nearby Cities:
    Westfir, Oakridge, Culp Creek
  • Region:
    Willamette Valley

Trailhead Elevation: 2018 ft

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Description: This short but steep loop in the Umpqua National Forest will take you past three beautiful and spectacular waterfalls, a 0.4 -0.6 mile walk from the gravel roads. The falls are Spirit, Pinard and Moon Falls. The grades are modest and the road surfaces smooth for gravel, with washboards in rare spots. Best done counterclockwise, this route takes one through both dense and thinned forests with occasional longer views of the surrounding area.

The ride begins and ends at Spirit Falls, so some like to take their post-ride food and drink on their walk down to the falls and the picnic table there. Begin by riding up FSR 1790 for 3.5 miles and the Pinard Falls trailhead. Continue on FSR for a total of just over 5 miles and turn left on FSR 1714. At milepoint 5, turn left on FSR 1702. Moon Falls trailhead is at milepoint 9. Continue downhill on FSR 1702 back to the start.

More about the falls can be found here:
Pinard Falls
Moon Falls
Spirit Falls

Best time to take the ride is April to July when the water is higher, but the falls run year-round and so a later summer ride can be delightful as well. The route is often snowbound in the winter, but fat-tire riders might make a go of it any time.

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