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Toketee Falls in Oregon

One of Oregon's most popular and beautiful waterfalls

Toketee Falls
Toketee Falls
Toketee Falls
Toketee Falls
Toketee Falls
Toketee Falls, OR
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Toketee Falls is located on the North Umpqua River in Douglas County, about 60 miles (90 km) from Roseburg, Oregon. The word "toketee" means "beautiful" or "graceful" in Chinook. Surrounded by tall basalt columns, the fall is nestled in the middle of an ancient forest, which makes it one of the most photographed sites in the state. The fall is 120 feet (37 m) high, it features a few tiers and alcoves and ends with a big pool.

When is the best time to visit Toketee Falls

Although you can visit Toketee Falls all year round, many hikers agree that during spring, the volume still seems more substantial, and the vibrant greenery everywhere really complements the image. Usually, the water volume can remain adequate until June.

Toketee Falls facts

The waterfall is indeed very scenic. The upper falls drop down 40 feet (12 m), while the lower part plunges 80 feet (24 m), framed by beautiful volcanic basalt.

Things to do at Toketee Falls

At the trailhead, you can see and take some photos of the wooden Toketee Pipeline, which is part of the dam built by PacifiCorp and regulates the water flow of the North Umpqua River, diverting it to a powerhouse. Here, in the Toketee Falls area, you can witness a wide variety of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. A lot of deciduous and coniferous species like Douglas fir, Western red cedar, and maple are also here for you to admire.

How to get to Toketee Falls

Toketee Falls is about an hour drive from Roseburg, which will take you through some of Oregon’s most beautiful forests. Its trailhead can be found 0.5 miles (0.8 km) north of Highway 138 near Toketee Lake, itself about 43 miles (69.2 km) east of Glide or 16 miles (25,7 km) west of Diamond Lake. You just have to watch for the road signs. The trail leading to the viewpoint is about 0.3 miles (0.5 km) in length. The falls is quite simple to discover and doesn't require off-roading or any kind of special vehicle. From the well-marked car park, the walk to the Toketee lookout point doesn’t really demand too much effort and is pretty direct. The ups and downs are very smooth, so people of all ages and fitness levels can reach this destination. The Toketee Falls viewpoint can be reached by an easy and short 1.2 km (0.8 mi) trail. The trail ends with a viewing platform granting a great view of the river passing through a narrow gorge. Adventurous ones can continue the hike by a steep path down to the waterfall to get another angle from the bottom and to dip into refreshing water on a hot day.

Where to stay near Toketee Falls

Due to close proximity to Toketee Falls, Toketee Lake Campground is deemed to be the best place to stay during your visit. However, if it is not suitable for you or if there are no vacancies, Camas Creek Campground or Fish Creek Campground can be reached by a 20 min drive.

Toketee Falls might take your breath away. So grab your enthusiasm, a tent, good trekking shoes, tasty food for the barbecue, and spend one of the most fantastic weekends with your loved ones.

Practical info

What does the name of the waterfall mean and why was it chosen?

The waterfall's name, 'Toketee', comes from the Chinook language and means 'beautiful' or 'graceful', reflecting the cascading falls' elegance and the surrounding ancient forest's beauty. In the early 1900s, the local Native American tribes chose the name to describe the waterfall's remarkable features. Show more

What is the difficulty level and length of the Toketee Falls trail?

The Toketee Falls trail covers a distance of approximately 0.3 miles (0.5 km) and is relatively easy with a gradual slope. Visitors can take the path to the viewing platform at the end of the trail, providing a vantage point for the falls and the North Umpqua River. The trail also includes a steep slope that leads to the bottom of the falls for a closer view and a swim in the refreshing pool. Show more

What kind of wildlife species can visitors observe at Toketee Falls?

Toketee Falls hosts several mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, and insect species that are part of its rich diversity. Visitors can observe black bear, deer, raccoons, Pacific giant salamanders, western pond turtles, and over 100 bird species, such as eagles, owls, and woodpeckers, in the area around the falls. Show more

What are the names of nearby camping sites close to Toketee Falls?

The nearest camping site to Toketee Falls is Toketee Lake Campground. Adjacent to the lake, other campsites close by include Camas Creek, a 20-minute drive away, and Fish Creek Campground, also roughly a 20-minute drive away. Visitors can book reservations for camping to secure a spot to spend the night. Show more

Can visitors swim in the pool at the base of Toketee Falls?

While the pool at the bottom of Toketee Falls might seem an idyllic place to swim, it is not advisable due to safety concerns. The water flow can be strong and intense, and rocks beneath the pool can be jagged and slippery, posing a risk to visitors. Instead, visitors can take a path to the base of the falls for a refreshing walk by the river and enjoy the falls' water mist. Show more

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