The first 0.3 mile of the Moonfalls Trail follows the gentle grade of the upper fork of a closed spur road. The remaining 0.2 miles travels through a beautiful old growth forest and terminates at the base of a picturesque 125' cascading waterfall.
High water flows will be experienced after springtime rains and will decrease to a lacy cascade as summer progresses. A picnic table is available near the base of the falls for a short break or picnic. One-way trip durations range from 20 - 30 minutes. Allow yourself at least 1 1/2 - 2 hours for the hike in and out and enough leisure time to explore the waterfalls and pool below. Trail grades are gentle, ranging from 5-10%.
Directions: From Cottage Grove, From Cottage Grove Ranger Station, 29 miles. Take Row River Road #2400 east 17 miles to Road #17. Turn left (northeast) on Layng Creek Road 17 and continue for 8.8 miles to Road #1790. Continue to right on Road #1790 and travel for 0.25 miles to Road #l702. Turn left on 1702 and travel for 2.8 miles to Road #1702-728. Turn right on Road #1702-728 and continue for 0.3 miles, turning left on spur Road #1702-203 and continue to the end. The Moonfalls Trail begins at the water bar and continues to follow this spur road to the end. The trailhead is undeveloped with no water and parking available for 2 vehicles.
Elevation: 3,100 feet
Distance: 0.5 miles
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