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Moses Creek Falls

Calling all daredevils: While this 100-foot waterfall is a bit difficult to see, those comfortable with steep climbs and limber exploration might enjoy the thrill of finding the right angle for the perfect snapshot.

The Forest Service closed the cascade to vehicle access, but its base is relatively easy to reach on foot. The perks of partially-concealed, hard-to-hike scenery? You probably won’t have to elbow any crowds to see this long series of slides, fed by West Fork Moses Creek.

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Hike Description

The trail follows the old forest road that begins from the outside of the switchback curve. It crosses a couple of dirt mounds, then forks. Go left and follow Moses Creek upstream. You’ll pass a scenic cascade at 0.2 mile. At 0.4 mile, the road fords the creek, which is easy to rockhop in normal flows but tricky after a rain. Soon after the crossing, you’ll start climbing fairly steeply and pass a couple of scenic small waterfalls. At 0.8 mile from the crossing, you’ll cross West Fork Moses Creek, an easy rockhop. A few yards beyond the crossing is a side path on the left. This path leads about 0.1 mile to the base of the falls.

The easiest way to reach the top of the falls is to continue on the main road, following what is now East Fork Moses Creek, heading upstream. At about 0.2 mile from the West Fork crossing, the road makes a sharp left switchback and leaves East Fork. It then climbs moderately alongside West Fork and reaches the top of the falls about 0.3 mile from the switchback.

Trails and Waterfalls can be dangerous; take no chances, only photos for memories. Read our Safety and Insider tips to have a safe, fun and enjoyable trip to Jackson County.

Leave No Trace — Seven Principles

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

For more details, visit www.lnt.org
©1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

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