Douglas County, Oregon

Hike to Clearwater Falls

0.5 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Mark Handy

This half mile roundtrip hike to clearwater falls is an easy trip to this stunning waterfall. The hike has minimal elevation gain and easy access with a nearby parking lot.

This has to be one of the most overlooked waterfalls in Oregon. It doesn't get a lot of publicity, and it's tucked away in south-central Oregon. As such, many people don't pay it much attention. That's too bad.

Clearwater Falls can be found just off Highway 138, near mile marker 69. Clearwater Falls is easily accessed from a nearby parking lot. The path from the parking lot is well developed and runs parallel to the Clearwater River. It's a beautiful walk.

The waterfall itself is just about 30 feet in height, which is relatively modest. But don't let the size of the falls dissuade you from visiting. It's a fascinating little spring-fed waterfall, meaning that it flows year-round. For that reason, hikers who decide to explore will find that the river is placid above and below the falls area.

One will also notice a logjam at the bottom of the falls. This occurs because the flow is simply not powerful enough to push the logs further downstream. What you end up with, then, is a river of fallen logs that make for a wonderful scene.

If you have a half day to explore this area, you will be rewarded by its beauty. Walking up and down the river yields plenty of spectacular scenes.

Key Coordinates:
- Clearwater Falls: 43.248744, -122.228363

Read More

Tags

Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Definitely worth stopping at if you're in the area. Nice spot for a picnic that doesn't see a ton of people.

Beautiful falls year round. The winter time is must see for this falls with snow surrounding it, it is mesmerizing. Easy hike for anyone.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Stay Nearby

Douglas County, Oregon

East Lemolo Campground

Overview East Lemolo is on the banks of Lemolo Lake, the highest reservoir on the North Umpqua River at an elevation of 4,150 feet.Recreation Boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and wate...

Douglas County, Oregon

Bunker Hill Campground

Overview This campground clings to the northwest shore of Lemolo Lake beneath the heavily wooded Bunker Hill. Bald eagles often soar above the lodgepole pine forest. Bunker Hill Campground is popul...

Douglas County, Oregon

Lemolo Lake / Crater Lake North KOA

Douglas County, Oregon

Inlet Campground

Overview Inlet Campground is nestled along the North Umpqua River where the forest of lodgepole pine, mountain hemlock and Shasta red fir meet Lemolo Lake, the highest reservoir on the North Umpqua...

Nearby Adventures

  • Explore Whitehorse Falls

    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 (abou...

  • Hike to the Watson Falls

    Watson Falls hurtles over a cathedral amphitheater wall of basalt, crashing into a long talus slope covered in moss and vine maple. At 272 feet, Watson Falls is the 3rd tallest waterfall in Oregon.We actually stumbled upon Watson Falls driving bac...

    0.6 miles

  • Backpack to the Base of Mt. Thielsen

    The Trail begins at Mt. Thielsen Trailhead/Sno Park and takes you up through a vast forest of pines. As you ascend, Diamond Lake will slowly start to peak through. Continue straight at mile marker 1.6 and keep an eye out for Mt. Thielsen ahead. Ju...

    7.4 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Summit Mt. Thielsen

    It may look quite intimidating from the base and surrounding areas but this hike/climb to the summit is quite straightforward and the standard route is non-technical. That being said, there are areas with some significant exposure with 2200 foot d...

    10 miles 3800 ft gain