Category Archives: Sightseeing

Kuna Caves – ID

Visited in early 1990s. There was a lot less graffiti then. At the time, it had two or three tight belly crawls in some areas lasting for about 5 feet (for a 6’1, 180lb person) and we dug a few inches down in the wet sand to get through. It didn’t appear that anyone else had ventured into the tight areas.

There was also a small cave that went about 50′ in the opposite direction of the main traveled route (basically behind the ladder),-116.4495462,189m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x54ae4140bbe19d6b:0xc50b963c8b789f04!6m1!1e1


Entrance to the lava tube - photo via google (not mine)...

N. Santiam River – Packsaddle to Mill City, OR

4th of July campout 2015

One of my best friends (starting in high school) visits every year. It’s property that has been in their family for many generations.

River Flow was typical this time of year @ 1050cfs (Gauge @ Mehama)

Photos of the river and property.

I don’t yet have a waterproof camera so here’s a run of the river I found by somebody else for this section of the river, and be sure to check out spencers hole and carnivore in both.. especially in this second vid found (at a higher 3050cfs)

A quick breakdown of the class II-III rapids –

Green Peak Falls (near Alsea Falls)

From the Eugene area, head up Hwy99w.  About 1/2 mi north of Monroe turn left (West) and follow the signage for Alsea Falls Campground (about 14mi). Just after the campground, you can park in the Day use area.  This makes it a nice ~3.5mi round trip  hike. Alternatively, you can continue on to Hubert K. McBee Memorial Park.  The falls is only a mile hike (r/t) via this avenue.

Although the path can be a little narrow at times due to a little overgrowth, this is was nice family trek (including grandkids).

Super Kid Friendly section
Super Kid Friendly section
Trail improvement
Trail improvement

The trail starts at the North side of the Alsea Falls day use area ($3/fee). Cross over the footbridge to the north side of the river and turn left (it’s signed once over the bridge). After a short walk, there is a wooden staircase that heads down to Alsea Falls which you can see partly from the path you’re on.

Bypass that for now and continue heading downstream through an old growth forest of douglas fir and western red cedar.


Keep the creek on your left at any junctions. Pretty soon the trail empties onto an old gravel logging road. When the road forks, stay right and follow it as it slowly rises (going to the left is a dead-end/turnaround but has a nice stand-at table cut from an old log that’s about 40′ long and 2′ wid). As you descend, you’ll pass the entrance to McBee Park / campsite#4 which goes over a concrete bridge. Bypass the bridge/campsite.  Pretty soon you’ll come across another campsite on the right (just before passing over an OLD concrete bridge that’s only 20′ long).  At the far end of that campsite you’ll see a small hiking sign which is the continuation of the hiking trail to Green Peak Falls.

The continuation of the trail from the campsite
The continuation of the trail from the campsite

Once you’re on the trail again, stay to the left and you’ll notice the creek has reversed directions from the first part of the hike (you’re now seeing Peak Creek). Watch out for hard, loose dirt as parts of the trail get a little slippery at times.

Once at Green Peak Falls, you’ll notice a steep scramble on the right that leads to the top of the falls. The creek at the top during August is shallow and slow moving.

The rocks leading to the base of the main falls are very slippery.. Be sure to watch out for Salamanders too.  The lower part of the falls (only bout a 6′ cascading drop) are nice to relax and sit in.

There was only a small portion of the width of the upper falls on our trip but during higher water months, the falls cascade over almost the entire rock area and there’s a lot less chance to actually be in the falls.


Oneonta Falls

[More details to come. Included for now are some quick pics of the trip and links..]

Trip Date: Jul 27, 2014

Oneonta Falls/George. is located just East of the popular Multnomah Falls.  It’s a short 1/4 mile hike/walk and is best accomplished in late summer when the water is shallower.  Even then, we had to swim for 20′.  It is a creek hike and you must scramble over a big unstable log jam near the entrance.

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There are two other falls close by that are trail accessible. Pics below are from Triple Falls.  From the roadside @ Oneonta Falls, walk West (along the road) a few hundred yards and there will be signage. The start of the trail heads west and up.

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Additional Info: Portland Hikers Field Guide, TripAdvisor

Driving Directions from Eugene, OR-

Wildwood Falls

Wildwood Falls

Exit Interstate 5 at Cottage Grove, Oregon, and drive east on Row River Road for approximately 17 1/2 miles. Just past the small berg of Culp Creek, take a signed road to the left, pointing the way to Wildwood Falls Park. The falls and park can be found an additional 8/10 mile away.

Video: Summer <> Winter

Latitude 43.6998 N
Longitude -122.81865 W
Elevation 1005 feet
USGS Quadrangle Culp Creek 7 1/2″

Diamond Creek Falls

Diamond Creek Falls

Located west of Willamette Pass, just off of Highway 58. The falls are accessed from the Salt Creek Falls day use area, located 21 miles east of Oakridge, or 5 miles west of Willamette Pass. The parking lot is well signed from the main road, and east bounders will undoubtedly see Salt Creek Falls through the trees before reaching the turnoff. Park at the far end of the loop, follow the Diamond Creek Falls trail across Salt Creek and bear right at the first junction. The trail follows the rim of Salt Creek Canyon, passing the lower falls of Diamond Creek after 2/3 of a mile. At 1-¼ miles, a spur trail breaks off to the right and descends to the base of Diamond Creek Falls in another ¼ mile. Continuing up the main trail for another 500 feet will bring you to a view from the top of the falls. There is actually a road passing within 500 feet of the brink of the falls, but you’ll need good clearance to drive all the way to this point (take the gravel road from the Salt Creek Falls parking area, turn right at the second junction and drive for about 3 ½ miles to Diamond Creek).

Latitude 43.60722 N
Longitude -122.14333 W
Elevation 4195 feet
USGS Quadrangle Diamond Peak 7 1/2″