Hike to Seldom Falls

Seldom Falls - Search Nearby - Added by Chaz Shand

Short hike to a true hidden gem of southern Oregon! The falls are located near Lake of the Woods.

Every spring when mountain snow begins to thaw, the great meadow at Lake of the Woods fills with water. But what most people don't know is that water drains into a picturesque creek that features an intimate waterfall. Above the falls, Seldom Creek is split into two cataracts then recombines in a small gorge of igneous lava rock. If you cross the creek, a short rock climb takes you to the top of the east side of the falls for the best view.

There is no trail but to get there, simply park at the intersection of highway 140 and Dead Indian Road near Lake of the Woods then hike about a third of a mile northeast on the highway then cut southeast into the forest at any point you choose. A short, steep downhill hike leads to Seldom Creek where the best way to find the falls is to search for them with the GPS on your smartphone to determine if you arrived north or south of them.

The entire creek is beautiful with many small cascades but is only so for a brief period of time in the middle of spring; soon as snow melt slows down water drains from the great meadow and Seldom Creek runs dry. The pictures posted are from the middle of May, 2017. To return, head back northwest uphill to the highway and Dead Indian Road. Again, smartphone GPS is useful so you don't get turned around. Be prepared to get wet as the best views are from the eastern side of the creek.

Distance

1 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

300 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Rock Climbing, Photography, Hiking

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Lecia Finney

almost 2 years ago

GPS Coordinates necessary

With the snow melt still going strong this waterfall is full and flowing (May, 2017). An easier way to get there - turn off Falls Hwy onto Dead Indian Memorial Rd, then a quick left on NF-3600, park on the roadside by the turn for NF-3610, and follow NF-3610 to the GPS coordinates of the falls (42.39715, -122.18207). This is a great waterfall and pretty easy to get to if you have the GPS coordinates of the falls. We didn't, so we wandered through the woods quite a bit.

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