Watson Falls is a 1.0 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Glide, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1 km
160 m

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips






wild flowers


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.

1 month ago

Completed 9-9-18

3 months ago

Easy-moderate (only because of this incline) well paved hike/ trail!

3 months ago

greT waterfall best I think!

4 months ago

Great family hike. If you can climb over some rocks and loose gravel you can go straight to the base of the waterfall.

4 months ago

Good hike. The .6 is pretty much straight up from the parking lot but you can get right under the falls if you want to! Cool place to see! Follow all of our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists

4 months ago

It's fun to find the 3rd tallest waterfall and then see the 2nd on hwy 58 (Salt Creek falls). Watson Falls is a short and relatively easy hike with a great end result.

4 months ago

The whole trail and especially the waterfall are magical! Definitely worth the climb!!

4 months ago

Absolutely amazing!

4 months ago

took my 2 year old and we made it... :) does get sketchy past the bridge but good hike. :) beautiful waterfall. he loved it.

4 months ago

Hike is appropriately listed as moderate, but it seems easy because the scenery is so beautiful it keeps your attention. Felt as if we were walking through a fairy tale book.

5 months ago

Visited this waterfall today (along with Toketee, Whitehorse, and Clearwater.) This was my 3rd visit to this waterfall in less than a year (September and October of 2017.) Mist feels great on a warm summer day. Beautiful views along the trail.

6 months ago

really beautiful waterfall

6 months ago

Beautiful falls and fairly straightforward hike to get to them. Some elevation and climbing, and a few narrow parts where we couldn't go 2 abreast. Our 5 year olds did great with it; held their hands for much of the hike to ensure safety. highly recommend!

7 months ago

Beautiful short hike. The water running along side the trail was worth it alone, but the falls were amazing! Great short stop off the road.

8 months ago

After you reach the bridge continue on for a short distance and up a pile of rocks/small boulders to a beautiful view right at the base of the falls. It was so icy (beg of Apr) be very careful!!!

nature trips
8 months ago

The moss! Amazing power from that water falling. Smooth walk, not too much traffic, a little snow (March) but not cold. Can lower to base with ropes. Great for kids and dogs.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Every waterfall has something special. This one was beautiful worth the hike.

Friday, October 27, 2017

It's the most beautiful hike in the fall! The colored leaves are endless and frame the falls so perfectly.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I have been here twice with friends and family within the past six months and plan on coming back again and again.

Make sure you visit the base of the fall: Take the path over the rocks at the bottom by the long wooden bridge!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Totally awesome. Even rad!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Really enjoyed this hike. The falls are gorgeous. We took our time because there are several view points and we wanted to enjoy them all.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Nice little hike, nice addition if your passing through & you have some extra time, lots of Mosquitoes, (at least when we were there in July)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

It was a lot of fun

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Great views as you hike in. What a gem

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Short sweet good trail. We did this back in march when there was still snow. It was awesome. Nice lil climb but great payoff.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Unsure as to why this has a moderate rating. Very easy hike, especially if you take it slow and enjoy the moss covered rocks and cascading creek. And the waterfall is incredible!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Did Toketee first and hit this after

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

If you are doing the Toketee Falls hike make some time to add Watson to your day. Watson Falls is massive and very gorgeous right now. I was absolutely in love.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


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