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Lower Proxy Falls

We didn’t have the best night of our trip last night.  I wouldn’t say it was noisy or annoying but, … hmmmm, yes I would.  Just to give a little clue, the room next to us had the door open and close about every fifteen minutes from the time we came in until well past 4 a.m.  I had the idea that whoever had rented that room for the night must have been one of those time share females, because she was in and out all night long. 

 

Morning finally arrived and brought a better day.  We got up and showered and went to the lobby and breakfast area for our coffee and continental breakfast, which turned out to be pretty good.  Slightly extended continental style with cereal and sweet rolls added to the fruit and coffee.  We went for the highest octane coffee they had and a small bowl of cereal.

Me being silly. The fallen tree was at just the right height to make it look like I was moving it out of the way.
  At checkout we mentioned the over-active room next to ours and the clerk acted like she was shocked. Seems no one else had ever noticed something like that before.  Right. 

Due east of the Springfield/Eugene areas of Oregon is the Willamette National Forest and Park.  In the Three Sisters Wilderness area are another of the west's most popular waterfalls, Proxy Falls and Upper Proxy Falls.

It's a very easy 0.8 mile loop to see this spectacular 200 foot falls. You know it has to be an easy walk for me to be able to do it at that point.  I found a few places to sit and relax for a minute before going on.

The easy trail to the falls
  April to June are the best times to see it at its fullest. In fact the highway through that area is closed during winter.

The stroll takes you over an exposed lava field and through some beautiful forest areas. There are a couple of short steep sections, but overall it has to be considered as easy hike.  You come to a wonderful viewpoint directly across from Proxy falls where you can see the entire falls from top to bottom.

 

For an amateur photographer like me it was kind of a shame.  Here I was in front of one of the best opportunities and I didn’t know how to take the kind of shot it needed, and I’m not sure that the camera I had at that point would have even been able.  I got the best I could and delighted in being there.  Whether I could take a good photo or not, this was a place worth visiting.  The water, the falls, the moss, the rocks, it was all just beautiful.

Along the trail

 

After the first falls you walk a bit farther to the Upper Proxy Falls.  The amazing part here is that you stand at the bottom of this massive waterfall and see all that water cascading down and then look at the pool at the bottom and try to figure out where all that water goes.  Because it is all a lava bed, the water goes right into the ground almost immediately.  We took many more pictures, naturally.

 

Back to the main highway about ten or fifteen miles farther up the road are another couple of large waterfalls, Koosah and Sahalie.  They are both on the McKenzie River.  Koosah falls is only about 80 feet, but the amount of water is enormous coming over the edge of this lava flow which is even wider than the 80 foot fall, so the resulting plunge creates a large mist.  Sahalie falls is taller at about 140 feet and a little narrower, and you can walk out a short path to the top edge of the falls.  There is a nice path that leads from Sahalie down to Koosah falls and if you are able to take it you would also see another small 30 foot cascade.

 

cbangelstouch says:
I was just at proxy falls myself. It was definitely one of the most beautiful waterfalls I've seen in Oregon yet. We went in Sept., so the water may have been a little low but still gorgeous!!!!
Posted on: Sep 16, 2007
dmae712 says:
great pictures!
Posted on: Jun 13, 2007
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