This is the first of three significant waterfalls on Butte Creek accessible along the Butte Creek Falls trail system. The Upper falls drop over a wide, uniform and extremely undercut ledge into a large pool below. Paths lead behind the falls into the deep grotto from the trail near the falls. The undercut is so deep that boaters who run this waterfall can even paddle THROUGH the falls. The falls are accessed via an excellent trail system, built by the Oregon State Department of Forestry, which has set aside a chunk of land surrounding the falls for protection, which is nice to see, after driving through the massive clear-cuts en route to the falls.
- Upper Butte Creek Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
From the town of Scotts Mills, follow Crooked Finger Road for 11 1/2 miles (2 miles past the end of the pavement) and turn left onto Road 400, signed for Butte Creek Falls and drive another 2 miles to the trailhead. The trail lead to the base of the falls in 1/4 mile (stay right at the first fork then left at the second).