Toketee Falls Hiking Trail Guide
With almost one million acres of forest (983,129 to be exact), Umpqua National Forest is one place that doesn’t disappoint. The forest stretches from just north of Crater Lake National Park and spans to the western edges of the southern Cascade ranges. Within its boundaries are an abundance of culture, lakes, waterfalls, enchanting forests, and snow-capped volcanic domes.
The trail leading to Toketee Falls is moderate at most but the views are post-card perfect. The trail winds 0.8 miles out and back through a mix-conifer forest along the North Umpqua River. Along the trail there will several views of the river gorge as it flows west to eventually from the Umpqua River. The Umpua River flows over one hundred miles in length into the Pacific Ocean and is a significant drainage source for the southwestern Cascade region.
The final portion of the trail leads up a wooden stair case of which the Forest Service states is two hundred stairs. The culmination of the trail overlooks the river gorge and a two tiered plunging waterfall. The upper portion descends forty feet and the lower forms an eighty foot descent down a volcanic basalt gorge. The lower tier forms a turqoise punchbowl at the bottom making for a breathtaking view
On A Personal Note:
This is a beautiful waterfall and popular for a good reason. The Forest Service states that there are two hundred stairs that lead up the wooden staircase to the top. My wife and I counted them on the way back and our count didn’t match up with the total. So don’t fear, the elevation gain is minimal and definitely not daunting
The trail does end at a wooden viewing platform. However, a simple google search of this waterfall will turn up photos along the base of the river. The Forest Service discourages people from veering down the gorge to the river. There have been rescues that have taken place because of people wondering off the trail. Please remember to practiceLeave No Trace Principles when visiting nature. This includes staying on trail.
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1. N.a. “Toketee Falls Trail #1495.” Umpqua National Forest. United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/umpqua/null/recarea/?recid=63632&actid=50. Accessed 1 June 2020.
2. N.a. “About The Forest.” Umpqua National Forest. United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. href=”https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/umpqua/about-forest. Accessed 1 June 2020.
- Overall Difficulty: 40% 40%
- Overall Views: 100% 100%
Toketee Falls Trail Quick Facts:
- Max Elevation: 2,443 feet.
- Elevation Gain: 111 feet.
- Estimated Distance: 0.8 miles.
- My Actual Distance: 0.8 miles.
- Estimated Time: 30-90 mintes.
- My Time: 34 minutes.
Toketee Falls Trail Directions:
Toketee Falls Trail Pictures:
Who Toketee Falls Trail Is For:
Advanced Hikers: This is not a difficult hike but the views are worth it. If you have more time, group some of the other shorter waterfall hikes in the area together with this one.
Expert Hikers: Same as above.
It’s always a good idea to be aware of what type of hiking level you’re at.
Best Time Of Year To Hike Toketee Falls:
Late spring to early summer is probably the best time of year to view these falls not only for weather reasons but it’s also when the creek is at its highest levels. Spring and early summer is when new growth is abounding from the plants. All that being said, don’t let the seasons stop you from visiting this waterfall.
It’s always a good idea to check the weather prior to hiking.
Toketee Falls Trail Conditions:
There is no poison oak along the trail. However, any meandering done off the trail should be done with eye open for leaves of three. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes during the warmer months. The elevation is low enough here to provide the warmer temperatures that are suitable to their habitat. That being said, because of how forested the area is, they’re not likely.