Watson Falls

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Watson Falls is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Glide, OR that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible from April until November.

0.6 miles 521 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

272 foot waterfall over basalt lava cliffs up the Umpqua River Valley. Watson Falls is the third highest waterfall in Oregon at 272 feet. It is the most beautiful waterfall along the North Umpqua River Valley. You will cross a wooden bridge below the falls that will put you right into the lower rapids with an amazing view of the falls as they roar over the basalt lava cliffs ahead.

hiking
4 months ago

AMAZING Waterfall and great hike. Absolutely enjoyed the trail and seeing the waterfall as soon as you hit the bridge, it leaves you speechless. You can access the bottom off the waterfall from both view points and get some really good angles and lighting for photography. Repellent is a must. One of my favorites.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

attempted to do this hike mid day, we had to turn back after about 2 minutes due to the swarm of mosquitos! and we even applied repellent just prior to starting :( very disappointed.
*picutre provided was of the creek by the beginning picnic tables

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

28 of 52 hike challenge

7 months ago

This trail is steep but short. I recommend it if you want to get up close to the base of a waterfall. It takes you right up to the base of the falls. I had trouble getting too close because the spray from the falls was so strong. I got a little wet.

hiking
8 months ago

One of the most wonderful moments of my life was walking up to these falls! I can't wait to go back and explore some more when it hasn't been raining so much! :-)

hiking
1 year ago

This trail was so beautiful! Kids had fun and climbed all the way down to the waterfall, that part was a little sketchy! We found a little waterhole for the kids to swim at as well. Also used loop back trail to get back real quick after a decent hike with the kids. Pretty amazing views at the waterfall viewing deck.

hiking
2 years ago

Beautiful trail to a stunning falls, what more do you need?

hiking
3 years ago

This is a moderate hike, uphill the entire way but well worth the effort. We went to the top lookout and had a breathtaking close view of the falls complete with mist blowing in our face. Many green ferns and moss along the cliff side at the top. A nice view of the ridge across the road at the trail head.

hiking
4 years ago

There are three different areas to start and see this waterfall. I have been in the lower and middle entrance. All aspects of the waterfall are great. There is a bridge from the lower entrance that is a perfect spot to view the waterfall and take photos. There is a viewing area at the end of the trail that brings you right up by the waterfall where you can see the top and the bottom just below. The mist from the falls will get you wet.

hiking
6 years ago

We hiked up this later in the afternoon and missed most of the crowd. Good trail and beautiful view!