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Toketee Falls

One of Oregon's most popular and beautiful waterfalls

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

The Toketee Falls viewpoint can be reached by an easy and short 1.2 km (0.8 mi) trail. At the trailhead, visitors can see 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. Thanks to that, the waterfall volume is consistent year-round. However, many hikers agree that during spring the volume still seems more substantial, and the vibrant greenery everywhere adds to the picture.

The trail to the falls starts next to a parking lot. It 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. The upper falls drop down 12 m (40 ft), while the lower part plunges 24 m (80 feet), framed by beautiful volcanic basalt.

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