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Fall Creek Falls Trail closed

A landslide has closed the popular Fall Creek Falls trail about 0.1 miles in from the trailhead, according to a press release from Umpqua National Forest.

The trailhead is located at milepost 32.6 on Highway 138. Access to the falls from Forest Road 4710 is also impassable because the road is sloughing away.

The falls are among a series of 24 waterfalls along the North Umpqua River, Row River, Little River and South Umpqua River known as the "Thundering Waters Loop." The mile-long Fall Creek Falls trail leads to a double falls with tiers of 35 and 50 feet.

Recreation specialists from the Umpqua National Forest said the trail won't reopen until soils dry out and the trail can be rebuilt. An emergency closure order was issued for public safety.

"Violation notices may be issued to those bypassing the barricade and entering the area," the Forest Service said.

“We would like the public to understand that this closure is put in place for their safety. The trail is very unstable and has high potential to disintegrate further,” said Janie Pardo, Developed Recreation Manager for the North Umpqua Ranger District. “It is a long drop into Fall Creek if the trail were to fail while someone was standing near it or trying to bypass the slide.”

"Other waterfall hiking opportunities in the area include Susan Creek Falls, Toketee Falls, Watson Falls, Wolf Creek Falls on Little River Road, and Little Falls on Forest Road 28 (Steamboat Road). The high volume of water in streams make the waterfalls absolutely spectacular this time of year," the release said.

For more information, call the North Umpqua Ranger Station at 541-496-3532.