Day Trip: University Falls

  • Location: Tillamook, Oregon
  • Google map: don’t bother. Drive 19+/- miles on Highway 6 (from highway 26) and turn left at the summit sign for Rogers Camp Trailhead and Browns Camp. Follow signs from there for 3.3 miles
  • Drive time from Portland: 1 hour
  • Permit: n/a
  • Intensity: Easy (Beginner Level: Doable). 0.8 mile, 180 foot elevation gain
  • Open: all year
  • Pair with: Wilson River Trail, Vernonia Mill, Saddle Mountain, any coastal stuff

I found this on a whim after I finished a leg of the Wilson River Trail. I’d heard of the falls and vaguely recalled it was a shorty. If you see “University Falls Rd” ignore it. You actually get to the falls from “Rogers Camp.” When you pull into Rogers Camp off of highway 6, the sign says it’s 3.7 to the falls, but it’s actually 3.3. It’s well-signed, but they only face you on the way in and not out, so be careful when leaving. I had no problem, but definitely wondered a time or two if I was still on the right road.

You’ll pull up to a signboard, with a trail to the left and a trail going up on the right. Go right. After a tenth of a mile, you’ll come across an Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) road where it almost seems like you lose the trail. Look for a railed trail entrance and begin walking steeply downhill and through a nasty clear cut, and wend your way left where you’ll reach a trail junction. Turn left where the cute University Falls sign is, even though it looks like you go straight on the wider, more obvious path.

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Railed trail entrance off of ORV road


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Ugly clear cut vibe killer


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I love this sign. Follow those hand drawn arrows.


 

Even though the sun came out in this very moment and it looks like there's some sweet golden auric glow around me, I don't actually love this photo and wasn't going to post it. However, the muse is telling me I have to. DUDES, you do not have to be thin, you don't have to be pretty 24/7 or ever. You don't have to be *anything* to get down with nature. Don't believe the hype about what it looks like and means to be "outdoorsy." Nature doesn't give a fuck. Get out, whatever that looks like to you, and let nature heal your fucking LIFE. #unlikelyhiker #universityfalls . . . #itakethelongway #womenwhohike #fathiker #wildernessbabes #girlgetoutside #effyourbeautystandards #fuckyourbeautystandards #losehatenotweight #riotsnotdiets #pnwoutdoorwomen #dykesonhikes #outdoorwomen #sheroams #sheexplores #fatgirlscan #tillamookstateforest

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Bonus waterfall on Highway 6 at the Bates Road pull out. It’s between Rogers Camp and the Tillamook Forest Center.


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