Make a short and gradual climb through fields of flowers to a quaint two-tier waterfall. This easy early-season hike is most impressive after spring snowmelt when the creek and falls are swollen with turbulent water.
As you start up the Cedar Creek Trail you may notice that the trees are more sparse on the east side of the Cascades, so more sun hits the forest floor, allowing bouquets of broadleaf lupine, yellow arnica and red paintbrush to proliferate.
This also attracts a variety of butterflies. It's not uncommon to spot wildlife along this trail as well, especially in the meadows, where you might find black-tailed deer.
As you gradually ascend toward the falls, take time to look behind you to the north, for glimpses of Goat Peak towering high above the town of Mazama. With binoculars, or good peepers, you may be able to see the fire lookout on the peak.
Depending on the season and snowmelt, the waterfall may be gushing or just pleasantly streaming. Sit and stay a while for lunch or a snack while you enjoy the falls. Use caution when exploring the falls, as there are some steep drop-offs near the edges. When ready, return by the same route.
- 3.5 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 500 feet
- Highest Point
- 3500 feet
Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.