Kentucky Falls Trail #1376
This is a moderate approximately 4.4 mile out-and-back hike leading to three waterfalls. The hike in is all downhill, so be prepared to hike uphill on the way back. There are a lot of slippery rocks, so it is best to stay on the trail.
After approximately 0.8 miles, you will reach Upper Kentucky Falls. In another approximately 1.4 miles, you will reach a fork in the trail. Go right to continue to Lower Kentucky Falls and North Fork Falls viewing areas. You will have a nice view of all of the falls right from the trail. To return, retrace your steps to the trailhead.
If you choose to bring a dog, please keep it on leash.
The road to the trailhead is not for the faint of heart. You should not try to tackle this in a standard car- an SUV or a car with ground clearance is a necessity. Check the snow level before attempting this drive as it would be a very dangerous feat in the snow.
From Eugene, take Hwy 126 for approximately 33 miles. Between mileposts 26 and 27 turn left at the Whittaker Creek Recreation area sign. After 1.6 miles turn right and cross a bridge. Drive 1.5 miles, and then fork left onto Dunn Ridge Rd. and continue 7 windy, uphill miles to a T-shaped junction which marks the end of the pavement. Here turn left onto Knowles Creek Rd. for 2.7 miles and then turn right onto (paved) Road 23 for another 1.6 miles. Finally turn right onto (paved) Road 919 for an easy downhill 2.8 miles to the trail head parking area on your right.
You will need a Northwest Forest Pass, or should have cash to pay $5 for parking if you don't have one.
This is a good hike for children. Do be aware that it is slippery in wet weather and there are many steep cliffs from which one could fall, so keep an eye on young children.
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