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This is one of my favorite stops along the Santiam Pass in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. This beautiful ribbon-shaped waterfall drops 150-feet before the creek continues its journey toward the South Santiam River. to reach it, you get to hike along a beautiful trail that hugs picturesque Soda Creek, whose banks are crusted with brambles and ferns for the entire length. When you get to the end of the 3/4-mile trail, you're treated to the view of the waterfall. Although the official trail ends here, you can scramble down a steep embankment (a rope tied to a tree helps here) and view the falls from the splash pool below the falls.This is the lowest ancient forest grove left in the South Santiam River drainage. The first time I visited this place, I was hiking in alone and a bit leery of trying to make my way down a steep rocky embankment that was caked with wet autumn leaves. It inspired me to get myself a climbing rope just for such occasions. Since then, I've always carried this rope and ratchet (not sure of the technical term for this piece of climbing equipment) to secure it to a tree trunk. So when I returned to Soda Creek Falls in early February 2012, I was prepared with my bag full of rope. Securing it to a tree was a snap, and before I knew it I was down below at the splash pool for a perspective I had been longing to get. I've also included one image taken from the trailhead up above the creek and waterfall. I've used the rope on several occasions. Now I almost never go out without it.

Soda Creek Falls

With help of a rope, I was able to get down from the trailhead to the splash pool and creek below.

  • February 10th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 41mm / f/18 / 1.6 sec

Soda Creek Falls

This is the view from the trailhead above the creek and splash pool. No rope needed for this.

  • February 10th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 25mm / f/18 / 1.6 sec

Soda Creek

This beautiful creek leads to a ribbon-shaped waterfall that drops 150-feet before the creek continues its journey toward the South Santiam River. To reach it, you get to hike along a beautiful trail that hugs picturesque Soda Creek, whose banks are crusted with brambles and ferns for the entire length.

  • February 10th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 33mm / f/18 / 1 sec

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