Along the highway between Roseburg, Oregon, and Diamond Lake, a number of areas in the Umpqua National Forest provide easy access to viewpoints of spectacular waterfalls. A part of our annual trip to Oregon is a visit with a friend who lives in Roseburg. After a week of strenuous outdoor activities we decided that we could allow ourselves one day that would involve more time driving instead of hiking to view this scenic part of southern Oregon.
We met our friends at the Toketee Ranger Station for a picnic lunch. We then drove the short distance to Toketee Falls and walked the half-mile trail to the viewpoint. A dive into the pool at the base of the falls would have been refreshing, but we couldn’t find a way to get close to the rocks at the edge of the falls.
The trail to Watson Falls approached the bottom of the falls so at this waterfall we could get close enough to feel the refreshing spray from the falls. Many ferns and lush vegetation take advantage of the shade and moisture here, which added to our enjoyment of this beautiful spot.