Hike to the Watson Falls

Watson Falls

3rd largest water fall in Oregon. Easily accessible 0.6 mile roundtrip hike. Moss covered paths to massive basalt amphitheater.

Watson Falls hurtles over a cathedral amphitheater wall of basalt, crashing into a long talus slope covered in moss and vine maple. At 272 feet, Watson Falls is the 3rd tallest waterfall in Oregon.

We actually stumbled upon Watson Falls driving back from Toketee Falls. The parking area is about 500 feet south of Highway 138 on the right side. The trail crosses Road 37 and climbs 0.33 miles up to the base of the falls. After that the trail continues up the mossy hill on the right leading to a look out point with a wooden bench to rest at before the trek back down.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking clothes
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Snacks
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RT Distance 0.6 Miles
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall

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A nice little stop!

A nice little stop if you are in the area and want to stretch your legs. Be sure to go during golden hour or on an overcast day if you want to get good photos because the falls face north. Also, beware of mosquitoes if you are planning on going right now. We were there two days ago and got eaten alive!

Awesome Hike

Great hike with beautiful views of the water! Not hard but definitely not easy if your not in shape. Either way worth it once your up there

Worth The Stop!!!!

We went camping for a few days in this area and checked out The other waterfalls nearby. This is a short hike and very different falls than the other one nearby. Oregon is a beautiful place!


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