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Drift Creek Falls and Suspension Bridge

IMAG0916[1]If you are looking for something a little different to do on your next trip to the Oregon Coast  I would encourage you to make a visit to Drift Creek Falls.

Drift Creek Falls is located in the Siuslaw National Forest.  You can get to the trailhead from either Hwy 18 or from Hwy 101.  The route via Hwy 18 is a single lane paved road that has pull outs so that you can pass oncoming traffic.   The road was not heavily traveled.   Choosing the Hwy 18 route you also get the opportunity to visit the Drift Creek covered bridge.

The day that we went (July), the trail head parking lot was full.  This is a fee area and requires a pass or you can pay the $5.00 fee at self service trail head entrance.  There is a vault toilet at the trail head.  I will warn you the day we were there it was pretty intense.  (Most of the time your eyes don’t burn in these facilities but this one was the rare exception.)

The hike is a gentle sloping trail down the side of the hill through a some old growth trees and ferns and moss.  There was a fire in this area many years ago and you can see some of the remnants of this.   We passed old growth cedar trees that were literally 5 feet across.  Keep in mind as you traverse this trail that you are gradually dropping in elevation.  I remind you of this because you are going to have to make the trip back up.     Bring some water along, hold your photos until the return trip so you have a reason to catch your breath and it isn’t bad at all.

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The suspension bridge is a surprise.   All of a sudden is just appears.  It is 240 feet long and about 100 feet above the creek and off to the right you will see the falls, tumbling about 70(ish) feet into the creek below.   Prior to August 2010 there used to be a pool at the bottom of the falls… now there are a lot of rocks as you can see from the pictures.   That August a large portion of the rock face tumbled into the creek below.

You can continue on the trail down to the creek side and enjoy getting wet.  Navigating your way to the falls can be interesting as those rocks are quite a bit larger than they appear from the top.

The total distance is about 1.5 miles each way.  You should plan to take 2-3 hours and enjoy your time while you are there.

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Remember that we have the perfect spot for you to rest your head on the Central Oregon Coast.   Check out Lincoln City Beach Retreats.

How to get there:
From HWY 101, south of Lincoln city, turn east on Drift Creek Road, right on South Drift Creek for 1/4 mile. Then left on FS Rd. #17 (don’t take Anderson Creek Rd.) for about 10 miles to the trailhead.
From HWY 18, 4.5 miles east of HWY101, turn south on Bear Creek County Rd. for 3.5 mi., then continue straight for 7 miles on FS Rd. #17 to the trailhead.

Finders Keepers – Special Glass Float Drop – Spring Break

Lincoln City has finders-keepers-01been placing glass floats on the beaches since 1999. What started as an idea to welcome the millennium has turned into an annual event that runs from October until May. Each year the promotion places the same number of floats as represented by the year. 2014/2015 will have 2014 hand crafted, signed and numbered, floats placed on the 7 and 1/2 miles of Lincoln City beach from Road’s End down to Cutler City. If you happen to find one you get to keep it. (I am still hopeful that some day I will find one of these gorgeous pieces of art.)  Remember the floats are hidden/placed above the tide line and below the embankment and will not be placed in “cliff” areas.

For Spring Break – March 21-29th – There is going to be a Special Drop of Glass Floats and art pieces (including glass starfish, sand dollars and crabs). 300 pieces will be placed during this time making it a great time to do some beach combing. And of course if you don’t happen to find one there are many art galleries in the city that have floats available for purchase or you can create one of your own. [For those with a late spring break April 11-12th there will also be a drop of about 100 glass art pieces.]

Kite Festival – June 27 and 28, 2015

IMAG0101[1]June 27th and 28th are the dates for the Summer Kite Festival in Lincoln City, OR. Once again I expect that I will be attending and will get to experience some of the premier kite fliers from all over the region. There are two fields setup in the sand at the “D” River Wayside… the field on the left is reserved for the display kites like you see in the pictures. Some of these are just huge! In the right field you will get to watch them fly 2 and 4 line stunt kites to music, sometimes in teams… it is absolutely mesmerizing.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to attend I would encourage you to do so. The past couple of years the weather has been absolutely gorgeous…I seem to recall a pretty bad sunburn.

Below are a couple of videos that I created from previous visits.

As a side note…if you were staying in one of Lincoln City Beach Retreat’s condos you wouldn’t have to fight the parking you could just walk over event. Click on the property pictures above or enter the dates in the search to the right to see if we still have availability. We can accommodate up to 8 people.