Drift Creek Falls

Beautiful waterfall with a stunning suspension bridge above.

Hiking Easy

Distance
4.2 km
Ascent
157 m
Descent
157 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
206 m
High Point
300 m
Gradient
Drift Creek Falls Map

Drift Creek Falls is a stunning waterfall that soars off a sheer cliff of volcanic rock, plunging down into a creek that flows far below. The falls are dramatic in part because it is the actual junction of two different creeks: one flows in from the right side, while Drift Creek Falls plunges off the mountainside and merges into the first creek in the bottom of the gorge.

Description

This stunning falls deep in the Coast Range has become the focal point of a popular hike. An incredible suspension bridge has been built over the gorge to provide access to the best view of the falls. But the only way to reach this suspension bridge and the view is by hiking 1.3 miles down a hillside. It's incredible that the builders went to so much effort to construct a suspension bridge so deep in the forest, that now, the bridge is as much of a destination as the waterfall itself.

The hike is easy and smooth, with a small amount of elevation change. The scenery in this lush Coast Range forest is absolutely stunning. This portion of the forest is high enough in the mountains that it isn't quite as wet as the rain forest directly on the coast. Observing the differences between different areas of the range make for an entertaining hike.

This hike is a popular family-friendly affair. Most people should be able to complete it and enjoy the incredible views of this remarkable location!

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Dog friendly
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation