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5 Under The Radar Waterfalls In Oregon

Skip the crowds.

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We know you’ll never get tired of Multnomah Falls, but let’s be honest – there are too many beautiful Oregon waterfalls to resist exploring elsewhere. These five, lesser-known falls offer both seclusion and a wide diversity of natural charm to all levels of cascade seekers.

1. Abiqua Falls

This 92 feet waterfall and pool are remarkable for the moss-covered columnar basalt that lines the amphitheater like nature-made organ pipes. Try visiting in the winter, when frost blankets the walls, for a particularly unique sight and photo opportunity. The one-mile roundtrip hike to the falls has an elevation gain of 180 feet. Learn More.

2. Ramona Falls

The seven mile roundtrip hike to Ramona Falls leads through lush forest and river beaches, culminating at an ethereal cascade that tumbles down a stairway of rocks. See a great view of Mount Hood and many smaller waterfalls along the hike, which has an elevation gain of 1000 feet. Learn More.

3. Oneonta Falls

Tucked into a slot canyon, this 100 feet fall is the perfect excursion for unbearably hot days. Rather than follow a trail, you wade a half-mile up the Oneonta Creek to arrive at the narrow, moss-lined waterfall, making the journey just as much of the fun. While the trip is just one mile roundtrip with a 400 feet elevation gain, leave extra time for navigating the water. Learn More.

4. Watson Falls

The 272 feet, narrow stream of the Watson Falls is the third tallest waterfall in Oregon. Dramatically contrasted by a huge basalt amphitheater, these falls are guaranteed to throw your head back – remarkable scenery for an only 0.6-mile roundtrip hike, with a 300 feet elevation gain. Learn More.

5. Sahalie and Koosah Falls

This 2.6-mile loop features two falls, Sahalie Falls (100 feet) and Koosah Falls (70 feet), which are ample rewards, by themselves. They are not the only draws of this trail, however – hidden gems lie just off the beaten path, so be sure to explore some roads-less-taken as you come across smaller side trails. This hike has an elevation gain of 400 feet. Learn More.

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