It was a short drive from Florence—seeming even shorter than the map’s 15 miles due to the sunny morning—along Highway 126 to the Siuslaw River Bridge in Mapleton. Crossing the bridge and turning onto Sweet Creek Road for 10 miles brought us to the Homestead Trailhead turnaround.
A plaque along the trail identifies the falls below as the Annice Falls. It occurs along an unnamed tributary of Sweet Creek, immediately above the top of Punchbowl Canyon Falls. The falls slide about 35 feet into Sweet Creek, adjacent to another 8 foot fall along Sweet Creek.
The falls were named for Annice Marie Ellingson Johnson, a former secretary of Mapleton Elementary of 30 years, who was born and raised on a ranch on the banks of Sweet Creek.