Waterfalls are abundant on the Willamette National Forest, including Oregon's second highest single drop waterfall. That’s thanks to the very high rainfall of the region. Some lie right off main roads, others take skills in navigation and backcountry travel to access but all are magnificent to behold! Below are some of the more popular waterfalls on the forest.
The second highest falls in Oregon and the most powerful waterfall in Southern Oregon is a spectacular site to see. The primary wheelchair accessible observation platform at the top of the waterfall is only 50 yards from the parking lot. The Salt Creek Falls Trail offers different vantage points along the canyon rim along with interpretive signage.
Located along the McKenzie River in the Cascade Mountains, these two falls are one of the best places on Hwy 126 to get out of the car and take a break. These falls mark the terminus of two thick flows of basaltic andesite lava that dammed Clear Lake and moved into the McKenzie River 3,000 years ago. The results are two breathtaking waterfalls with foaming white water cascades in between. A short walk (less than 100 feet) from the parking lot takes you to the Sahalie Falls wheelchair accessible observation deck. The 2.6 mile Waterfalls Loop Trail takes starts at Sahalie Falls and connects to Koosah Falls traveling through the towering forest.
This 1.5 mile loop hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness leads to two separate waterfalls, upper lower of Proxy Falls, dropping 226 feet. The falls are one of Oregon’s most frequently photographed waterfalls. The trail travels through open lava fields and dense forest. At the falls it is possible to scramble close to the water and feel its spray. As with all waterfalls, watch for falling rocks and debris.
Featuring a 125-foot waterfall, Henline Falls is an easy day hike in the Little North Santiam River area. At just under two miles round trip and with only 400 feet of elevation gain, this is a great hike for families with older children (there are some steep drop offs).