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Linton Falls Add-on Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Linton Falls from the base (Jamey Pyles)
Lower Linton Falls (Jamey Pyles)
Looking over the lower falls (Jamey Pyles)
About halfway up linton falls at the stopping point of the hike (Jamey Pyles)
  • Connecting hikes: Linton Lake Hike
  • End point: Linton Falls
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out and back
  • Distance: 1.0 miles
  • Elevation gain: 700 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Seasons: Mid summer to fall
  • Family Friendly: No
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: Never


Hike Description

The hike/bushwhack to Linton Falls is short, but extremely steep. It passes a lower falls along the route as well. The lower falls is around 80 feet tall and the main waterfall is over six hundred feet tall. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in Oregon, though surprisingly, a small number of people know about it. To get to Linton Falls, take the Linton Lake Hike to Obsidian Creek, then continue on a less obvious route around the lake to a few campsites near the mouth of Linton Creek.

From there, search around for a small trail leading up the hill steeply. Once you find it, follow it up steep switchbacks as it climbs up alongside the gorge of Linton Creek. Stay away from the stream, but don't let the roar of Linton Creek out of earshot. The trail gets harder to follow as it climbs up the hillside along the creek. Soon, the creek's roar should get considerably louder. Look to your left to see the lower falls. Take a break, or if you are to tired to continue, this would be a good turn around point. From the lower falls, continue on the faint path up a few larger switchbacks as the trail wanders away from the creek a bit. In a bit, the trail nears the creek again and you get a view of the falls from the base. You can bushwhack to up close for a better view, then return to the small trail. The route gets even less evident and starts climbing steeper and steeper up the side of Linton Falls. Eventually come to a spot fifteen feet away from the raging falling water, about halfway up this monster of a waterfall. The trail seems to continue, but it is definitely not recommended after this point. A slip and fall here would be a certain horrible death. Turn around and scramble down the 700-800 feet back to the lake.


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