“best waterfall in the North Umpqua River”
Watson Falls is arguably the best waterfall in the North Umpqua River basin. The falls hurtle over a cathedral amphitheater wall of basalt, crashing into a long talus slope covered in moss and vine maple. The falls plunge over enough of an overhang that occasional gusts of wind can toss the water sideways or upwards in rare cases (usually later in the summer when there is less water in the creek). Watson Falls is often referred to as dropping 272 feet and being the 3rd tallest waterfall in Oregon. I measured the falls in 2009 to stand 302 feet tall. This still doesn't push it to the position of 3rd tallest in Oregon, but it is certainly worthy of the attention of any waterfall aficionado.
Beautiful long hike with many things to see along the way. This waterfall is so powerful.
One of the highest waterfalls in Oregon, Watson Falls plunges 272 feet to its moss-covered base, and is an easy 0.8 mile hike round-trip with a 300 foot elevation gain. Located along Highway 138, Watson Falls is one of a string of waterfalls whose trail heads are easily accessed from the highway, and is a quick stop during any trip through the area.The Watson Falls trail leaves from a parking lot, and climbs up a short, somewhat steep but well-tended path, and crosses a series of bridges at the base of the falls.
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