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Visited: November 28, 2015
Description: Quick hike to the 3rd largest waterfall in Oregon
Length: 0.8 miles
Elevation: 300 feet
Duration: ~1 hour
Parking: Lot (43.245727, -122.391590)
Best time to go: Anytime
Just 3 minutes west of Toketee Falls is Watson Falls, the 3rd largest waterfall in Oregon. After turning right on NF-37, we entered a winter wonderland. The vast scenery changes from Toketee to Watson was like night and day. The road at Watson Falls was covered in a sea of white, the firs lightly dusted with fluffy snow.
We made another right and easily found the parking lot. Once we parked, we made our way to the trailhead and followed the path up the stairs.
You’ll cross the road to continue onto the trail. Be careful exploring the falls in winter because the trail can get icy. Poor Alice actually fell a few times because she didn’t have proper hiking/snow shoes 😦
The once dirt trail was covered in a blanket of freshly fallen snow. We were in awe of the snowy landscape. It was a nice change from the dry and arid California hikes that we are use to.
As we continued on, we quickly spotted the waterfall and a bridge. From afar, the waterfall wasn’t as waterFALLING as we had seen in pictures. After seeing Toketee Falls, we may have become a bit of a #waterfallsnob.
When we reached the bridge, the waterfall still looked the same :/…
After we crossed the bridge, we turned left to check out the viewpoint which takes you closer to the fall. With what we saw so far, our expectations were low.
At the top of the lookout, we got a better view of the falls. Seeing the falls from top to bottom was amazing. We were not disappointed anymore!
The massive basaltic cathedral-like amphitheater wall completely surrounds you. Staring up at the 272 foot waterfall and watching the falls drop is mesmerizing. You could actually see clumps of white snow being formed at the base of the falls.
After spending some time at the overlook, we decided to head back onto the trail. We hiked back down a bit more and found a way through some rocks that led us to the base of the waterfall. It’s right in front of a bench facing the waterfalls if you’re interested in this path for your future adventure.
The path is probably a lot easier during warmer conditions. It was a bit slippery and scary with all the snow and ice. Of course, it didn’t prevent us from exploring!
A little closer and you’ll see an abundance of organic sno-cone opportunities! This was definitely a cool scene to witness.
Waterfall after waterfall after waterfall, each one just seemed to get better and better! Luckily for us, we still have a few more to check out 😉
- Bring some slurpee flavoring so you can make organic sno-cones! ;P
- If you decide to get closer to the falls during winter, make sure you are very careful not to fall and slip into the water!
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