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Watson FallsSouth, OR
South, OR
Hiking avatar May 31 2015
tibber
Hiking1.20 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles
300 ft AEG
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FALLS DAY: third waterfall hike (day 9 of 10 day road trip)

just over 2 miles east of Toketee Falls. From the parking lot (where there are facilities and some great interpretive signs) you take the steps to the trail, cross Road 37 and start climbing easily but steadily up to the base of the falls in about 1/3 mile. The trail climbs through a lush, green understory of salal, Oregon grape, vine maple, and ferns with an overstory of Douglas-fir and hemlock trees. It was an overcast day so it took on that jungle-like feel.

I encountered a guy taking pictures of this gal below a prettier version of Horton Springs :) . A little further up (after taking several photos of that area) I crossed a wooden bridge (seemed newer) below the falls that put me in what appeared to be the lower rapids. I looked up to see an amazing view of the falls as they roared over the basalt lava cliffs; totally cool! And now to hang a left to get up a little closer. There is another place to stop and get some nice pictures of the Falls and the run off before a rather long switchback occurs. It gets a bit steep. There is a neat little fence along some of it.

Once there I could see it was going to be a bit of a challenge to get pictures and video because of the spray from this thunderous falls that I was now so close to. The falls hurtle 292 feet over a cathedral amphitheater wall of basalt, crashing into a long talus slope covered in moss and vine maple before tumbling down a long noisy cascade a couple of hundred more feet :DANCE: . There is a bench here, totally soaked as is the ground. But I braved it out and constantly cleaned the camera lens of the drops it would get.

The trail loops back to Forest Road 37. As I left the falls I ran into a couple more hikers, the last I would see for the day. The trek down is nice as it evolves thru different levels of the forest. Cousin Connie stayed in the car so I didn't want to dally too long. This was an awesome hike; highly recommended.

After putting the videos together I am still in awe at the beauty of this hike. Video 2 is probably my favorite but Video 1 has the Horton Springs imitator or should I say, Horton Springs maybe would like to look like this someday. Video 3 is at the Falls when I'm trying to film and avoid getting wet.

Video 1 - to the bridge https://youtu.be/X_ ... Ejno
Video 2 - to the falls https://youtu.be/6g ... 4Y5E
Video 3 - at the falls and otherside of loop back to TH https://youtu.be/Jn ... PFQI
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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