Located a few miles outside of Mazama and easily accessed from Highway 20, this family-friendly hike to Cedar Falls is a great choice for hikers of all ages. This trail is actually part of the 9.6 mile Cedar Creek Trail, but the out-and-back trek to the Falls clocks in at 3.6 miles overall. A good option early or late in the season, wildflowers and butterflies abound along the trail, and the sound of the burbling creek and falls guides your route upwards.
Begin at the clearly-marked trailhead, ascending slow and steady along the well-pounded path. Not far from the trailhead, a sign for Mudhole Lake will be posted to your right. Keep going straight to stay on the Cedar Creek Trail. Loose rocks line the trail in places, so watch your footing. You’ll know you are nearing the falls as the sound of crashing water gets audibly louder.
At 1.7 miles in, the trail splits. The Cedar Creek Trail continues to the right, but if followed to the left, a clearing opens up for viewing the falls. A large boulder provides a great safe vantage point of the top of the falls. There are several other outcroppings and ledges for closer viewing, but the drop-off is steep and edges are unprotected, so keep an eye on young hikers.
Permits & Tips
Northwest Forest Pass required. Day pass can be purchased at a cash-only drop box at the trailhead; Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies three miles up the road in Mazama also sells day passes. The parking lot is generous and includes a pit toilet and picnic table. Bring your own water, temperatures can be quite warm in the summer. Trail is also open to mountain biking, so use caution.
How to get there
From Highway 20, 4.0 miles west of Mazama, turn south onto the clearly marked road for Cedar Creek Trail (NF-200). Continue on the winding gravel road for 1.2 miles to parking lot and trailhead.