• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

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Waterfall

Pristine waterfall. Platform for easy access. Family friendly. Remote location. Not crowded. Parking lot located nearby.

In June of 2015, I visited as many remote waterfall locations in Oregon as I could find. Whitehorse Falls, located along the Clearwater River in Douglas County, was one of those on my list. It's a small waterfall that is just off highway 138 (about 4.5 miles east of Toketee Falls) in Central Oregon. It's a true hidden gem that doesn't get a lot of visitors or attention. But it should. It's a wonderful spot.

The water at this falls is bluish in tone and it's pristine. Getting to this location is very easy. There is signage on highway 138 that leads you directly to Whitehorse. What is more, there is a parking lot right next to the falls. One does not have to hike a great distance to visit this location. Having said that, there are plenty of hiking opportunities if you'd like to explore the region.

This waterfall is located next to two other great waterfall locations (Clearwater Falls, which I have explored and written about, and Toketee, which I've been to as well). One could easily spend several hours at these falls locations.

Finally, because you're so close to the waterfall at Whitehorse Falls, you'll want to make sure that you watch your footing. Mist soaks the entire area. As such, the logs and paths are very wet and slippery. Be careful and you'll be fine.

Coordinates:
- Whitehorse Falls: 43.24778, -122.305

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  • Food
  • Water
  • Appropriate clothing for the season in which you're visiting
  • Camera
  • Appropriate shoes (boots recommended)
  • Windbreaker or light jacket
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Waterfall is viewable for the parking lot so depending on when you go it can be crowded. However it is a beautiful waterfall, as the photos show, and a nice place to stretch your legs or grab some lunch. Photographers: make sure to bring a tripod, polarizer and a neutral density filter.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Not very adventurous of falls because you can see it from the parking lot. Still awesome to see and hardly any people around. A great spot for lunch if you need a driving break or a bathroom break.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Mark Handy

I am a landscape photographer who travels the world looking for inspiring images. Though based in San Diego, California, I am rarely home. If you'd like to follow my work and travels on a daily basis, I chronicle them on Instagram. Click the Instagram icon and follow me

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