Earth Day Hike! Thanks to the visitors of these trails, this side of the Umpqua National Forest only had a couple pieces of trash for us to pick up.
Close to Eugene, Spirit, Moon, and Pinard Falls are best to see after winter snowmelt. I saw these falls three years ago in the summertime with not nearly as much water. I headed out with my dear friend Georgia who helped take beautiful photos of me to share here! These three short hikes can easily be done in a couple of hours, but you might want to take time to enjoy lunch in front of one, or explore to the bottom like we did.
Moon Falls is the easiest of the three falls, and has a distance of 1 mile round trip. We started here and got lucky to have the falls to ourselves. Pinard Falls is the second hike we did (1.2 miles), as the road back from Moon Falls will take you back in that direction; head east another 3 miles, you will notice the trailhead on your right and a small parking area. We chose to do Spirit Falls (1.2 miles) on the way out as we noticed a car there on our way in. Again, another beautiful waterfall to ourselves.
Hike: Spirit Falls and Pinard Falls are "more difficult", Moon Falls is "easy."
Directions from Eugene: Take the I-5 South towards Cottage Grove, take exit 174. Turn left onto Row River Road, for 18.5 miles. Turn left onto NF 17 and take for 8.7 miles. Turn right onto road 1790 where you will see a rest area on the left. You will also notice a sign to Pinard, Moon and Spirit falls. After .01 miles you will see a small sign for Spirit Falls on the right. Continue for 3.5 miles and you will reach a sign reading Moon and Pinard Falls. Go left and continue 3 miles for Moon Falls; go right and continue 3 miles for Pinard Falls; trailhead on the right.
*Disclaimer: the mileage, difficulty rating, directions depicted on this website are never 100% accurate. Always hike at your own risk, using your own equipment, common sense and knowledge.
Logan Dralle/ Her Oregon Life are not responsible if you or anyone in your party gets injured or lost while attempting one of the hikes featured on this page.