Upper/Lower Butte Creek Falls

Photographer: G. Price

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Upper Butte Creek Falls / Lower Butte Creek Falls

Upper/Lower Butte Creek Falls are northeast of Salem, OR.

Entire 37 mile length of Butte Creek (from Butte Basin to Pudding River)
forms part of the county borders between Marion (south) and Clackamas (north).
Steps 1 thru 9 are the same for McKay Falls
  1. On I-5 take Salem exit 256 (Market St. / Hwy 213)
  2. Head east on Market St. (note HWY 213 sign)
  3. At the second light turn left on Lancaster (HWY 213 sign).
  4. After 1.3 miles turn right on Silverton Road.
  5. In another 10 miles (while in Silverton) you will reach a three-way
    stop sign. Turn left to remain on HWY 213
  6. Turn left on 1st St.
  7. Turn right on Oak St. (HWY 213)
  8. In another 4.8 miles turn right onto Scott's Mills Road NE
  9. In another 2.7 miles (while in Scott's Mills) turn right onto Crooked Finger Rd.
    (go past park for McKay Falls)
  10. After 9.2 miles Crooked Finger Road turns to gravel.
  11. Note your odometer or reset your trip odometer at this point.
  12. In 2.1 miles turn left onto road CF400 (but not marked as such)
  13. In one-tenth mile the road forks. Take the right fork.
  14. In another 1.8 miles there will be a rest area with parking on the left.
  15. Trail to the falls starts here.
Trail sign on tree shows how the trail is arranged. Just head down the trail (listen for water)
and you'll first reach a spur trail that veers sharply right to Upper Butte Falls.
After reaching the upper falls get back onto the trail and look for a fork in the trail.
Take the right fork and continue down to the lower falls.
Site is day-use, no-fee.

URL: http://oregonwaterfalls.net/butte.htm