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Kentucky Falls Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Upper Kentucky Falls (kaltbluter)
Lower Kentucky Falls (kaltbluter)
North Fork Falls (kaltbluter)
Kentucky Falls trail map (kaltbluter)
  • Start point: Kentucky Falls TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End Point: Lower Kentucky Falls
  • Trail Log:
  • Hike Type: Out and Back
  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Elevation gain: 650 feet
  • High Point: 1540 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: All year
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: Yes, on weekends.



Beginning at Kentucky Falls Trailhead hike .75 miles downhill to Upper Kentucky Falls.

Continue another 1.2 miles to the junction with North Fork Smith Trail. At this junction stay to the right.

After .1 miles you will arrive on a wooden viewing platform near the base of Lower Kentucky Falls.

Go down the steps and carefully cross the wet slippery rocks for a better view of North Fork Falls.

Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • No fee


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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon: A Guide to the State's Best Waterfall Hikes by Adam Sawyer
  • Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon by Bonnie Henderson
  • Moon Oregon Hiking: The Complete Guide to More Than 490 Hikes by Sean Patrick Hill

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Forest Service Trail #1376

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