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Proxy Falls Loop Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Blue River, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 147 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

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Please note: When the gate to trailhead is closed, expect an additional 2 miles hike each way to and from the trailhead. This loop trail travels through open lava fields and dense forest, offering views of two waterfalls. 6,000 years ago glaciers cut this canyon out, now these two falls run over the glacier cut cliff. Lava from cinder cones near North Sister then filled the valley floor. As the water falls over the cliff and down into the porous lava it sinks back underground so it appears as if the water just disappears, without an outlet.

From McKenzie River Ranger Station, drive east on Highway 126 about 2 miles to junction with Highway 242. Drive about 10 miles up Highway 242 to the Proxy Falls Trailhead.

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Fallon Hockema
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rachel jetton
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Absolutely my favorite waterfall in Oregon so far. The hike is pretty short, which is actually pretty nice given how long the drive takes to get to the trailhead. The time not spent hiking can be spent relaxing in the mist of the cascading water. Next time l go, l will be taking a picnic. Even though the trail was alive with people, there was adequate space to have an individual experience.

Kayla Dolce
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HikingFloodedGreat!

Such a stunning trail! Make sure to bring waterproof boots and a change of shoes and socks if you plan to get close to the falls. You’ll be walking through a stream!!

Justin Filip
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Pushun Sheth
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YM Zea
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Fun trail the middle part is through lava touch very Mordor feel, usually crowded during spring and summer times. No picture can really every capture the beauty or size of proxy she really is her own

RICHARD C
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HikingGreat!

Easy hike most people could do. Bit steep at the end but well worth it. Magical really is the best way to describe the base of the falls.

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Josue Valerde
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really good trail. my grandmother even hiked with us.

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Clisby White
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Was out here a couple months ago and it's an absolutely beautiful place to hike. Had the trail pretty much to myself because it was raining which made it even better. Stayed at the falls for a long time and only had 2 other people show up but they only stayed for a few minutes. I basically had hours to myself out there. Was able to take some great pictures of the falls and the surrounding area. This waterfall is definitely at the top of the list. Trail to the falls is easy to follow and not too difficult. First section is through a lava rock field but nothing bad. Trail cuts right through the rocks. Once you get close to the falls you will have to climb over a couple of logs to get right up to it.

Sydney Stelzer
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Jen L.
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Great trail to get kids excited about hiking. Nice and short so they don’t tire out before you’re done. Visit both upper and lower fall. Well worth it.

Kori Faraoni
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Nice little hike! Waterfalls are beautiful! Went in the late afternoon and it wasn’t too busy. You do walk through some lava rock and have to traverse a few logs and rocks to get down to the lower falls. There is a fee if you don’t have a Northwest Forest Pass.... though it seemed most people didn’t pay the fee :( I guess they don’t want to support the upkeep of this beautiful place.

Nina Rogatz
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One of the easiest hikes I’ve done with the prettiest views! A beautiful waterfall and a hike appropriate for all ages.

Barbara Humphrey
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Absolutely Perfect

Danielle Briggs
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Amazing!

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cody weaver
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Cool little loop! Two falls! A little maneuvering over logs and streams to get closer, but the view is worth it!

Corey Brooks
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Beautiful falls. Both upper and lower Proxy falls are amazing. The main path is a clear easy hike. The path to the lower falls is steeper and more technical but well worth it. We got here a late June Tuesday at noon and the path was not overly crowded. We saw maybe 10 other hiking parties during the while hike.

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John Rees
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took a drive to Bend, Oregon and stopped by this hike on the way back to Portland. the hike was great. only 1.5 miles or so to the falls and back. great area at the bottom of the falls to take pictures or just walk through the creek. we took 2 dogs with us and they loved the water. the trial at the end by the falls gets pretty steep downward, but is manageable by most.

Melissa P.
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7/14/20: Got to the trailhead a little after 2pm on a Tuesday & parking was a challenge due to crowds. There’s paved parking alongside the main road on both sides & also a bathroom available opposite the trailhead. It’s marked at the trailhead that this is a “One Way Trail” (not sure if this has been placed since COVID or if it’s always been that way?) - we encountered several hikers who either didn’t see the sign, or chose not to acknowledge it. (If you hike the loop as directed, you’ll encounter the off-shoot to Lower Falls first.) Great hike through an old lava flow. Well-maintained trail & not very difficult. A little dusty & rocky - better to wear hiking shoes than sneakers overall (although doable in sneakers). There’s a decent view of the Lower Falls that doesn’t require scrambling, but if you’re able, would definitely recommend scrambling down one of the multiple paths to the creek bed & get as close as you can (safely) to the falls as they are truly breathtaking. Lots of climbing over fallen trees & large rocks. Probably encountered 15-20 other hikers around the lower falls. The Upper Falls off-shoot was much less-trafficked. Falls aren’t as impressive as the Lower Falls, but still pretty amazing & worth the extra steps. Not much scrambling to get to them. More overgrown & a lot of fallen wood at the base, so can’t get quite as close to the falls themselves. The coolest thing is the pool at the bottom with no visible stream/creek attached to it (it drains from the bottom).

Erica Mcguffin
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HikingFeeRocky

Beautiful trail starting through rocky lava bed. My four kids made it without too many issues. There is one steep spot to get down but there is a log along side the trail to help hold on to. To get to the falls there is a bit of climbing under and over fallen trees but totally worth it. Absolutely stunning falls, will go again.

Iris Plascencia
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Beautiful trail! I went with my 8 year old son. I wish we would’ve taken our trekking sticks!! Lower Proxy falls was a bit of a hassle, but my son and I managed to climb down! I recommend taking extra shoes and\ or waterproof hiking shoes.

Tony N
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Easy loop hike. Both falls still had good flow. Not buggy at all. Rocky and dusty in some spots. Went around midday Saturday and the parking area was packed as expected. However it was fluid with cars coming and going. Did it counterclockwise seeing Lower Proxy first then the upper falls second. Can be a little tricky getting down to see the lower falls as there are several routes down. We took the far right trail down. From there it’s log walking and rock stepping to get as close as you want to the falls.

Kelly Brun
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easy hike with spectacular falls

Saidie Rasberry
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Hiked this during the week of July 16th! Decided to tackle the lower falls first && thank goodness we did because it is stunning! My favorite waterfall on our road trip. Family friendly but does require some climbing and the lower falls will require getting your feet wet... just beautiful.

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