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On the west side of the Coastal Mountains near the upper Nestucca River lies an interesting hike.
It’s only one-mile long but very scenic.
The secluded trail drops 350 feet into a small canyon with high basalt walls.
Ferns and salmonberries line the trail through the dense forest.
In the bottom of the canyon the trail first reaches 100-foot Pheasant Falls, a lacy, fan-shaped waterfall.
Soon afterwards the end of the trail is found with a great view of 130-foot Niagara Falls, a high plunging waterfall ending in a bowl beneath the cliffs.
It made me wonder how many more waterfalls are located in the Coastal Mountains, beautiful but unapproachable due to the dense forests.