Watson Falls

MODERATE 75 reviews
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Watson Falls is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Glide, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.6 miles
436 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly







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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.

3 days 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.

14 days 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.

1 month ago

really beautiful waterfall

1 month 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!

2 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.

3 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
3 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.

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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!

9 months ago

Totally awesome. Even rad!

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago


11 months ago

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)

11 months ago

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


Monday, February 20, 2017

Beautiful hike

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

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

Sunday, May 01, 2016

28 of 52 hike challenge

Saturday, April 23, 2016

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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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! :-)

Friday, July 03, 2015

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.

Monday, June 16, 2014

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

Monday, July 22, 2013

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.

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