Drift Creek Falls is a 3 mile HEAVILY HEAVILY trafficked out and back hike that is rightfully rated as easy on many hiking sites. I highly suggest starting this hike as early as the sunrises, because there are just way too many people in the state of Oregon and I think they all end up at Drift Creek Falls... I guess for obvious reasons because this hike is absolutely gorgeous!!
The hike is an easy 1.25 miles to this suspension bridge that leads to the rocks of the 80 foot drop waterfall! Once at the falls, there are plenty of places to set up for a picnic for a few hours and cool off in the somewhat freezing waters.
Any angle of this waterfall is gorgeous, but the bridge that you first walk across to get that view is almost as impressive as the falls!
"Upon reaching the bridge, visitors are greeted with a small plaque that reads: “Dedicated to the memory of Scott Paul: his vision for this bridge will live forever.” Paul was the engineering brains behind the ambitious Drift Creek bridge. It was a project that “many thought could not be built,” his friend Carroll Vogel wrote. “Scott Paul was consumed with passion for this project,” Vogel said. “It burned like a fire inside him.” Sadly, Paul would not see his masterwork’s completion. While trying to move an excavator across the canyon, Paul became tangled in a rigging line and was pulled down into the 100-foot chasm his bridge was meant to connect, according to a 1997 story from the Eugene Register-Guard. His death would stall the project for years, until Vogel, a Seattle-based contractor, picked up the pieces.The project was no small feat. A helicopter flew in the largest pieces and buckets of concrete. Vogel and his team “spent their days working in midair above the canyon, putting together the walkway,” even in the driving rain, according to the Register-Guard story. " -from the beautifully written article by Zach Urness, Statesman Journal