Toketee Falls Trail

Umpqua National Forest, Oregon

Distance0.4mi
Elevation Gain497ft
Trailhead Elevation2,379ft
Top2,461ft
Elevation Min/Max2342/2461ft
Elevation Start/End2379/2379ft

Toketee Falls Trail

Toketee Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Douglas County, Oregon. It is within Umpqua National Forest. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 2,379 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles. Near the trailhead there is parking.

Toketee Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is an easy path through a dense riparian forest of Douglas-fir, western hemlock, and western redcedar to one of the world’s more impressive waterfalls. You hear the falls long before you see them.

From the trailhead, the Toketee Falls Trail (#1495) winds through the woods briefly and then comes out atop a rock gorge just upstream from the falls. A series of steps on the trail, some stone and some wooden, lead over a low crest and then down to a viewing platform. There are ample guardrails."

"Toketee means “graceful” in the Chinook jargon used by early settlers, trappers, and Native Americans, and there could be no better word to describe the waterfall that carries this name.

Here the North Umpqua River plunges in a delicately beautiful falls over the side of an impressive columnar basalt amphitheater framed by towering old-growth forests. All of this combined makes Toketee one of Oregon’s most dramatic cascades. Photographers apparently agree with this assessment, because the falls is often depicted in calendars and travel brochures of the state. So why not pack your camera and see what all the fuss is about?"

"The main draw along the OR 138 corridor, Toketee Falls is a favorite among photographers and casual travelers alike. Framed by visually stunning columnar basalt, it stands to reason that the name Toketee means “pretty” in Northwest Chinook jargon.

From the trailhead, follow the trail for 0.4 mile as it parallels the North Umqua River. The trail occasionally morphs into well-railed staircases that cling to panoramic canyon walls before arriving at a wooden viewing platform. The elevated view affords the classic, though frustratingly distant, view of Toketee Falls. Hike back the way you came.
Miles and Directions 0.0 From the trailhead, hike 0.4 mile to the viewing platform."

Toketee Falls Trail Reviews

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6/15/2018
This trail is super short in length and fairly easy to navigate, with a little up and down elevation, although to get down to the water level requires some steep scrambling that might be kind of unappealing for some folks. Some stairs with handrails have been constructed in some of the more steep, tricky places. Other parts of the trail have natural climb aids like water bars and rocks. Be sure to spend some time at the gorge above the falls - it's almost as amazing as the falls themselves. The platform at the end provides a terrific view. All in all, this is a really gorgeous hike with fantastic scenery and the photo opportunities are magnificent. It's a good idea to to bring some insect repellent since there are a lot of mosquitoes buzzing around, and go early in order to avoid the crowds. Also, Umpqua Hot springs is only a few miles up the road when you finish the hike. So, if you're making the drive all the way to out to Crater Lake (about a half hour away) or any other part of the Umpqua Forest, don't miss this beautiful waterfall!
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Trail Information

Umpqua National Forest
Nearby City
Umpqua National Forest
Parks
Easy
Skill Level
Waterfalls
Features
North Umpqua Ranger District: (541) 496-3532
Local Contacts
USGS Toketee Falls; Umpqua National Forest
Local Maps

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Nov 2018