Three Must See Waterfalls

When the waterfalls are gushing, it’s time to take a hike

Our little corner of the world celebrates seasonality like no other. From produce to beer and beyond, residents of the Pacific Northwest revel in the bounty that each new season brings. And that carries over into the landscape. In addition to kale and potatoes, winter is the season for waterfalls in Oregon. Now is when the region’s creeks, streams, and cascades are in full-throat. The Tillamook Coast is simultaneously home to some of the best and least visited waterfalls in the coast range, if not the state. Here are three must-see Tillamook County waterfalls that are currently gushing.

Munson Creek Falls

If ever there was a leg-stretch of less than a mile worth taking, this is it. The stroll to Munson Creek Falls is set amongst massive old-growth western red cedars and Sitka spruce that literally drip with moss and lichen. The falls are 319 feet of three-tiered, awe-inspiring, cascade goodness. They are the tallest in the Coast Range and perhaps the tallest in the state, west of the Willamette.

Munson Creek Hike

Munson Creek Hike

Niagara/Pheasant Creek Falls

A pair of dueling 120-foot waterfalls combine to make one of the best easy day hikes in the entire Coast Range. You’ll quite likely be one of the only cars at the trailhead anytime of year. But in winter, there’s a good chance you’ll get to enjoy both cascades in solitude.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Pheasant Creek Falls

Pheasant Creek Falls

University Falls

A pleasant jaunt any time of year, high water season is undeniably the best time to visit University Falls. This is one of those cascades that reduces to an exaggerated trickle in late summer. Winter, however, is a different story. Visit now.

For more information on hiking the Tillamook Coast, visit Hiking.

Adam Sawyer
Adam Sawyer is an outdoor and travel writer, photographer, and published guidebook author based out of Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Northwest Travel, Portland Monthly, Columbia River Gorge, Central Oregon, and Backpacker Magazines. He currently pens articles as the Portland Hiking Examiner for Examiner.com and authored the bi-weekly column Portland Family Outdoors for Craigmore Creations. He was the co-host of the KEEN HybridLife Radio Show for its duration and now serves as a Brand Ambassador for the company. In addition to “Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon” he is the author of the forthcoming "Best Adventures Near Portland," and the co-author of "Hiking Waterfalls in Washington," all for Falcon Guides. Adam is also a “Resident Expert” for Portland Walking Tours and leads a variety of tours through the streets of Portland, including the company’s popular Epicurean Excursion. Follow him at: www.AdamSawyer.com

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