Photographic Tour of Munson Creek Falls State Historic Site in OR

Tillamook – the Land of Many Waters.

The Land of Many Waters in Tillamook consists of “the Pacific Ocean, 5 bays, and
5 rivers”, and a waterfall.

Fast Facts before a Photographic Tour

  • Oregon has many different climates.  The climate along the Oregon coast is a temperate rainforest.
  • Tillamook has a mild but wet climate with an average yearly rainfall of nearly 88 inches.  (just for comparison, Portland has an average yearly rainfall of 36.3 in)
  • Oregon claims to have over 200 waterfalls.  I found one of those waterfalls just seven miles outside the town of Tillamook.
  • Munson Creek Falls State Historic Site is home to: ancient western red cedar and Sitka spruce trees; salmon spawning grounds; and Munson Creek Falls.
  • Munson Creek Falls is reportedly the tallest waterfall in the Oregon Coast Range.  But the height of these falls is debated.  During my research, I ran across height records of 226, 266, and 319 feet for Munson Creek Falls.
  • In addition to being the tallest waterfall in the Oregon Coast Range, some believe that this multi-tiered waterfall is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Oregon Coast Range.
  • Trails to Munson Creek Falls were blazed in the 1960s before this area was a historic site.  The upper trails to the falls were destroyed by a flood in 1996, were subsequently closed, and have not been repaired or reopened.  The lower trails are open, but only partially.
  • The sign clearly stating “Trail Closed” was read by my Knight as “Proceed with Caution”.

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Our Family’s Impressions of Munson Creek Falls State Historic Site

Despite the fact that thick vegetation, rotting tree trunks, and mud prevented us from finding the viewing platform at the end of the lower trail, our family thoroughly enjoyed our time at Munson Creek Falls State Historic Site.

Despite the fact that Munson Creek Falls was not one of our favorite falls that our family saw as we traveled across America, blazing our own path to reach the base
of these falls on a closed and overgrown trail through a lush and green temperate rainforest in Oregon has been ranked as one of our most enjoyable hikes that we
encountered on a road trip adventure across the USA.

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