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Butte Creek Falls
   Marion County, Oregon

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This gorgeous 78 foot waterfall is the highlight of the Butte Creek Falls trail system, and the view from the viewpoint makes it all that much more impressive. The falls are viewed from atop a rocky promontory, jutting 150 feet above Butte Creek, which makes a wide 180 degree turn around the obstacle. The trail actually continues down the ledge, clinging precariously to the edge of the cliffs at points (not something I wanted to try in the rain), eventually reaching the base of the falls, and Lower Butte Creek Falls, which are located immediately below the large plunge pool of Butte Creek Falls (the lower falls are, however, very difficult to clearly see). Flowering trees can be seen adorning the basin in the spring months, some of which stand at perfect locations to frame the waterfall.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Butte Creek Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

moderate access

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. Follow the trail, staying to the left at all junctions, for about 1/3 of a mile to the viewpoint overlooking the falls.

Latitude

44.92389 N

Longitude

-122.51222 W

Elevation

1771 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Elk Prairie 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Lower Butte Creek Falls

0.061 miles

Upper Butte Creek Falls

0.099 miles

Trinity Falls

2.145 miles

Homestead Falls

3.738 miles

Upper Abiqua Falls

3.739 miles

Abiqua Falls

4.356 miles

Fall Creek Falls

5.284 miles

Horse Creek Falls

7.369 miles

Fibre Creek Falls

7.725 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

48.37

IWC

2.28  (Class 3)

RATING

60.1 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

78 feet

Tallest Drop

73 feet

Num. Drops

2

AVG. Width

20 feet

Pitch

81 degrees

Run

25 feet

Primary Form

Horsetail

 

Watershed

Molalla River

Stream

Butte Creek

AVG. Volume

150.0 cfs

Source

Unknown

Seasonality

Best Flows

Winter - Spring

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Dec 24, 2012

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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