Butte Creek Falls, Scotts Mill, OR


In the words of my 4 yr old son “This is the best hike we’ve been on!!”

Location: Butte Creek Falls is located past Silverton, near Scott’s Mill, Oregon. From the I-5 in Salem, take Silverton Road (a.k.a OR 213)east through Silverton. Silverton Road will turn into McClaine Rd. It will come to an end at a 3-way stop (Main St.) Turn left onto Main street. Then turn left at the second stop sign (1st street). Turn Right after a block, onto Oak St / OR213. After almost 5 miles on Oak St, turn right onto Mt. Angel Scott’s Mill Rd NE. This road turns into 3rd Rd after about 3 miles. Go through the small city and on the other side, take a slight right onto Crooked Finger Rd. Take Crooked Finger Rd for 11.3 miles. The last 2.3 miles will be gravel road, what out for some nice pot-holes. At this point, you’ll start to notice small brown signs towards Butte Creek Falls. Turn left, following the signs, towards Butte Creek Falls. You’ll notice a large orange gate on the left that should be open. This is the road towards the trail head. There will be small little trails off the main road, but continue on the main gravel road. After about 2 miles, you’ll see the small parking lot on the left side. There is a camping ground about 1/2 mile up the road.

Difficulty: 2/5 some steep hills.

Kid Friendly: This hike is divided into two with a Lower Falls and an Upper Falls. The Lower Falls is best for older kids. I would even go as far to say, Don’t bring your young kids here. More information is in the Description. The Upper Falls is great for everyone.

Stroller Accessible: Due to the narrow, bumpy paths, I wouldn’t recommend strollers here. However, it wouldn’t be totally impossible.

Description: Butte Creek Falls are absolutely beautiful. This hike is a 1 mile loop with small trails off the loop to take you to the two falls that are on display with this hike. There is the Upper Falls and the Lower Falls.

The Lower Falls Trail starts out as part of the loop and by following the signs, will lead you down the path towards the Lower Falls. At the end of the maintained trail you will find a white sign attached to a tree. This sign mentions the end of the maintained trail nand will warn you to be extremely careful beyond that point. DO NOT BRING YOUNG CHILDREN PAST THAT SIGN!!!! The path will become very narrow and there will be a steep drop off on either side that will be fatal should you fall.

The Upper Falls trail also starts out on the loop and turns off a little further up the path than the Lower Falls. You can either choose to take the path underneath the falls, in the cave. Or you can go left and explore the rocks and pool made by the waterfalls!! We spent a few hours exploring and enjoying the water!!

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