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University Falls Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

University Falls in the fall (MileageMike25000)
Oregon wood-sorrel (Oxalis oregana) near the falls (bobcat)
Grove of red alder at University Falls (bobcat)
University Falls in winter (bobcat)
In red is the short trail to University Falls (not a GPS track) (bobcat) Courtesy: Caltopo
  • Start point: University Falls TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: University Falls
  • Trail log:
  • Hike Type: In and out
  • Distance: 0.7 miles
  • Elevation gain: 180 feet
  • High Point: 1730 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: All year
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No


Hike Description

University Falls is probably the premier hiking destination in the Rogers Camp area of the Tillamook State Forest. The falls plunge over a basalt face into a small, shaded bowl dominated by red alders. They can be reached on a longer hike (see the University Falls Loop Hike), but if you're just interested in the waterfall, there's a trail about a third of a mile long that will take you there. The falls are best, of course, during the rainy season, so it may be disappointing to visit between July and November.

A spur trail leads from the trailhead to join the Gravelle Brothers Trail. Go right at the junction. Head up in a salal thicket under Douglas-firs and alders. Cross an ORV trail under powerlines and then a road bed. After this, the trail heads steeply down towards Elliott Creek. At the Gravelle Brothers-University Falls Trail Junction, the Gravelle Brothers Trail heads off to the right and there’s a colorful sign for University Falls on the left. Keep left past the sign (Going straight takes you past a hitching post and down to the creek). Cross a wooden footbridge and head up the main creek past a stand of alder to the falls.


Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Cross ATV trail on way to falls
  • Share forest roads with ATV users

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • 25 Hikes on Oregon's Tillamook Coast by Adam Sawyer
  • 50 Hikes in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests by the Sierra Club, Oregon Chapter
  • Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon by Adam Sawyer
  • Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest by David L. Anderson
  • Waterfall Lover's Guide: Pacific Northwest by Gregory A. Plumb

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