Did you know there’s a road in Southern Oregon named “The Highway of Waterfalls”?
Well, there is. Highway 138. And, it’s awesome. We could have spent a week there. So many waterfall hikes. From easy to moderate. Sadly, we were only passing through, and only had time for two. But, let me tell you… They were incredible and I want to go back and I want to see more and I’m out of breath because they took it away.
Off highway 138, if you turn north at milepost 58.6 onto Road 34, you’ll find you’re on your way to Toketee Falls (keep left and cross the bridge). It’s a bit famous and popular. It’s away from the cities, though. So it’s not crowded. Which is refreshing. Also, it’s GORGEOUS. Not only the falls, but the entire trail leading to it. This part of the U.S. is so beautiful. I want to move there and live in a hut. Write books about hobbits and trees. But, I digress…
Okay. There’s a handy sign at the trailhead to let you know you’ve made it. Also, if you see this cool giant pipe…
…you’re in the right place.
Like I said, the hiking trail is BEAUTIFUL. And easy! Lots of stairs, but not too strenuous at all. I’d still rate it at “moderate” because there is an incline. I absolutely hate when a trail is labeled “easy” and is, indeed, not. So to err on the side of “I hate cardio” I’m going to say it’s a moderate level hike.
Please don’t let that deter you from visiting. It really isn’t bad at all. The trail is only 0.4 mile and starts like this:
So it’s worth the tiny bit of sweat. Also, it’s usually coolish there. We visited in July, and it was all misty and a bit rainy and all the way perfect. But, I love the rain and such. Of course this was my cup of tea.
Along side the trail is the river. Which gives you that relaxing and enchanting rushing water sound we all crave.
Seriously, you’re surrounded by awesome here. Once you’ve reached the falls, there’s a viewing platform that’s both convenient and treehouse like. Perfect for admiring the roar of Toketee Falls and the wondrous nature encasing it.
See? True beauty, no? Gives me the good chills. I could have sat there all day. All week. All my life. Sigh…
Now, here’s where it gets a little interesting. (As if that view isn’t enough to convince you to stop by.) We came across some people on the trail who were soaking wet and speckled with mud. Mysterious… Turns out, you can scramble over, under, or through the railing around the viewing platform and scale down the mountain to reach the pool below.We didn’t try it ourselves. I mean… I’m adventurous. But, in a chicken sort of way. I like to see stuff. However, I’m not one to risk my neck for a better look. (Or Husband’s for that matter. Thankfully, he was cold and didn’t want to get wet. So I was spared having to tell him no like the overprotective wife I am.) This guy, however, did venture down the cliff. He got a great shot, and visited the hot springs down the road. Check it out.
So! If you’re anywhere near Oregon, do yourself a favor and coast along Highway 138 and see the majesty of Toketee falls. In fact, see ALL THE FALLS. Each one is spectacular. Highway of Waterfalls is appropriately named and worth all the fuel, footsteps, and raindrops.