- Rating: Easy
- Activity: Hike
- Distance: 0.6 miles round-trip
- Time: 30 minutes-1hour
This flat and easy hike ambles along Munson Creek and ends at 319-foot Munson Creek Falls, the highest in the entire Coast Range. Though the trail ends just short of the plunge pool itself, the short distance makes it a winner for kids and grandparents—and also means you can skip the trail shoes in favor of flip-flops. In fact, you barely need to plan at all. Next time you’re at the coast, simply pop off U.S. 101, hike it in 45 minutes or so and be back on your way.
ROUTE: From the trailhead, follow the path east and simply return along the same route.
DIRECTIONS: About seven miles south of the intersection of U.S. 101 and the Three Capes Scenic Loop near Tillamook, you’ll see the sign pointing toward the Munson Creek Falls State Natural Site. Turn left onto Munson Creek Rd and follow the signs for 1.5 miles to the circular drive by the trailhead. Note that the last few hundred yards of road are unpaved.