Due to a lapse in federal funding, this USDA website will not be actively updated. Once funding has been reestablished, online operations will continue. On-going operational updates will be posted here (https://www.fs.fed.us/shutdown) as we are able to provide them.


Yakso Falls Trail #1519

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail leads to a section of Little River that drops 60 feet over a rock cliff, forming Yakso Falls. "Yakso" is Chinook jargon for "hair of a woman”—the fall got its name from the way that the rock wall separates the tumbling water into delicate, lacy tendrils.

The trail travels through older forest and over a wooden footbridge, then comes to an end at a tall step. Climbing down the step allows trail users to see the falls from the rocky base, although the view from the end of the trail is beautiful by itself. In the spring, wildflowers and rhododendron grow along the trail, while in the fall, vine maples turn the understory shades of red, orange, and yellow.

Yakso Falls Trail #1519 - Typical trail

Yakso Falls Trail #1519 - View of falls

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/20/2017: No current conditions report available
Fees No
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Medium
  • Motorized use prohibited
Closest Towns:
  • 27 miles from Glide, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information

  • Trailhead parking provides a favorable opportunity for turning around vehicles with trailers.


From Roseburg, OR, turn onto OR-138 east / northeast Diamond Lake Boulevard. Take Highway 138 west for 17 miles before turning right (south) onto County Road 17 (Little River Road). Follow County Road 17 for 20 miles where it becomes Forest Road 27 with a gravel surface. Continue on Forest Road 27 for 7 miles to Lake in the Woods Campground and the trailhead. The trail begins on Forest Road 27 across from Lake in the Woods Campgrounds and ends at Yakso Falls.

General Notes:
  • Mosquitos are present in late spring and early summer.
  • Mosquito deterrent is recommended.



Show detail SHOW


Hide detail HIDE


  • This is an easy trail which is approximately 0.7 mile long.
  • Narrow tread and steep drop-offs exist near the end of this trail.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Day Hiking

  • This is an easy trail which is approximately 0.7 mile long.
  • Narrow tread and steep drop-offs exist near the end of this trail.

Quick Links

Areas & Activities



  Area/Length : 
0.7 miles

  Elevation : 
3,000 feet - 3,200 feet range


Graphic: Wilderness 50th Anniversary

Yours to explore and celebrate! Link opens in a new window