Upper/Lower Butte Creek Falls
Photographer / Videographer: G. Price
Return to Salem region
Upper/Lower Butte Creek Falls are northeast of Salem, OR.
GPS - Upper/Lower Butte Creek Falls, el. 540m
Upper Butte Falls May 4.3MB 480p 10.7 sec
Lower Butte Falls May 2MB 480p 8.1 sec
Upper Butte Creek Falls / Lower Butte Creek Falls
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).
Original route to falls via Crooked Finger Road has been blocked to reduce fire risk.
After the next instruction there are no further road signs as a guide.
- I-5 Exit 271 (Woodburn) head east on Hwy 214.
- Reach Hwy 99 in 2.3 miles.
- Continue straight onto Hwy 211.
- In 12.5 miles, while in Molalla, turn south onto S. Molalla Ave.
- Travel south for 1.1 miles, then turn left onto S. Sawtell Road.
- After 12.6 miles S. Sawtell Road ends.
There are a couple of 'guideposts' that will help.
As you travel take note of other scenes that will aid in the return trip.
- At the end of the paved road turn left onto gravel S. Family Camp Road per the sign below.
- In 2.5 miles you will see a narrow road to the right with a '204' sign (first guidepost).
Do not turn here.
- Continue straight for 0.5 miles. You will come to a Y-intersection - take the branch to the right.
- In another 0.6 miles take a right at another Y-intersection.
- Do the same for the third and final Y-intersection in another 0.6 miles.
- Within the remaining 1.9 miles to the waterfall trail there will be gate-supports
without a gate (second guidepost). Seeing the posts will be confirmation you're on the right track.
- Trail to the falls starts at the rest area.
Trail sign on a 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. There is a campground site 0.7 miles before the trail to the falls.
An alternate route to Molalla from Salem is via Hwy 213. Then continue from step 4 above.