Munson Creek Falls, Oregon

Munson Creek Falls in May 2010

Munson Creek Falls is often advertised as being one of the largest waterfalls in the easternmost portion of Oregon near the coast. I don’t know whether that is supposed to make it more interesting simply because it is tall, but I didn’t find it very exciting.

The waterfall itself is very pretty, but there is not really any way to get close to the falls. You can only view the falls from a rather distant vantage point. Numerous fallen trees and brush very effectively deter most people from even trying to get closer. I’m guessing that if you were determined enough, you could get closer, but I didn’t even try. There are other smaller waterfalls in the general vicinity that are more intimate. (I haven’t had a chance to check out this falls again, but it is now a state park, and there may be a much clearer path to get closer to the falls.)

Directions:

  1. On US-101 between Tillamook and Beaver is Munson Creek Falls County Park. I was heading north, and the turn to the falls was on my right.
  2. After turning, follow the sign 1.6 miles to the parking area. The hike to the falls is rather short.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 266′
Length of Hike: 0.75 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Munson Creek Falls?

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Bridge Creek Falls, Oregon

Bridge Creek Falls in May 2010

As you may notice in the directions given below, the negative about Bridge Creek Falls is finding the exact point to pull off the very curvy OR-6 to get to these falls. Once you’ve done that, the hike to the falls is very enjoyable. I was very impressed by this smaller falls in the northern coast range of Oregon. I think I was partly impressed by the ability to get closer to the falls. I had been to the much larger Munson Creek Falls earlier that day, and was disappointed that I wasn’t able to get close to the falls, as they were blocked off by a number trees. Bridge Creek Falls has no issues of that sort, so you can play around to get a number of different views of the falls.

Directions:

  1. These directions to Bridge Creek Falls are based on starting at the junction of US-101 and OR-6 in Tillamook on the coast.
  2. From that junction, head east on OR-6 for almost 20 miles.
  3. This is where it can get a little bit tricky. Look for mile marker 21 on OR-6. Go almost 1 mile past this mile marker. On your right, you will notice a “pulloff” and a sign indicating a falls. The sign is NOT very big, and can be easy to miss the first time around. If you get to mile marker 20, you’ve gone just a little bit too far. You’ll have to turn around and figure out how to get back to the pulloff.
  4. You may have to backtrack on foot for a few feet to get to the stairs leading to the falls. Once you find those stone stairs, it is just a very short distance to the falls.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 50′
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Bridge Creek Falls?