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University Falls (Summer)

Directions: Take Highway 26 West and then get on Highway 6 (for Banks and Tillamook). After about 19 miles on Highway 6 take a left at the road for Rogers Camp. Go right at the split so you’re on Saddle Mountain Road. Follow the road (staying right at all the splits) for about 3 miles, the road is always signed for University Falls. The trailhead is on the right side of the road and well marked. It’s a gravel road with a few potholes but it’s pretty well maintained. Watch for logging trucks and ATV’s

Last time we were here we happened to pick a day with a huge trail run going through the area. This time was much better since we didn’t have to dodge people running up on us out of nowhere 😆

From the small parking area get on the trail that starts out heading uphill gradually. You will soon come to a ATV crossing, after this crossing the trail starts heading downhill. There were a lot more flowers this time, the salal was blooming all along the trail as well as some wild daisies and tiny lupine.

      

After passing the large clearcut area off to your right the trail levels out again and curves left. The sign for the waterfall was knocked down this time but the trail off to the left is overgrown but still obvious. Along this side trail was some muddy areas that were a haven for mosquitoes but quick to pass through. You’ll quickly see the creek and then University Falls off in the distance.

      Head back out the way you came in.

The trail was a little better this time around with the flowers but the clearcut is still ugly. It takes away from what could be a very pretty coast range hike.

 

Distance: .8 mile (easy)

Elevation: 200 feet (easy)

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: None

Season: All

Popular: No

Warnings: None

University Falls (Spring)

Directions: Take Highway 26 West and then get on Highway 6 (for Banks and Tillamook). After about 19 miles on Highway 6 take a left at the road for Rogers Camp. Go right at the split so you’re on Saddle Mountain Road. Follow the road (staying right at all the splits) for about 3 miles, the road is always signed for University Falls. The trailhead is on the right side of the road and well marked. It’s a gravel road with a few potholes but it’s pretty well maintained. Watch for logging trucks and ATV’s

From the trailhead the trail is just to your left. You will start out going uphill and cross two gravel roads. After crossing the second road the trail starts heading downhill as you come to a really big clearcut area on your right.

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After passing the clearcut area the trail levels out and comes to a trail junction. Go left towards the signed University Falls. It’s a skinny trail that’s a bit overgrown. Follow this more heavily wooded trail a short distance as it ends right at the base of University Falls.

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University Falls is quite pretty and it’s almost a cross between Fairy Falls and Ramona Falls. This waterfall is best viewed during the rainy seasons, it’s only a trickle during the summer. It makes a great stop while on your way to the coast!

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Distance: .8 miles

Elevation: 190 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All Ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: No

Overall: The waterfall is very pretty. The hike itself wasn’t that great, especially with all the clearcutting.