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Waterfalls

Situated high in the Cascade Mountain Range, Crater Lake National Park is a great place to begin your search for scenic waterfalls. Melting snow in the spring and early summer brings many impromtu cascades and waterfalls. As the snowplows open the roads, more viewing opportunities are possible while in lower elevations access may be year-round.

Waterfalls in the park

  • Vidae Falls
    Located 3.1 miles east of Park Headquarters on the East Rim Drive.

Highway 62 West

  • Rogue Gorge
    Just east of Union Creek, the Rogue River carved a near vertical canyon through basalt lava flows. The interpretive trail winds half a mile along the canyon rim.
  • Mill Creek Falls
    A 0.3 mile trail reaches both Mills Creek Falls and Barr Creek Falls. The first waterfall drops nearly 174 feet while Barr Creek Falls is nearly 200 feet in
    height.

Highway 230

  • National Creek Falls
    Drive north from the junction of Highway 62 and 230 for 6 miles. Turn east on road 6530 and continue 3 miles. At the junction with road 6530-300, turn right and follow the road to the parking area and trailhead at the end of the road. Round trip to this year-round flowing waterfalls is 0.4 miles. Roads are not plowed in the winter. While driving along Highway 230, you will see another waterfall, Highway Falls.

Highway 138 West of Diamond Lake

  • Clearwater Falls
    Turn off Highway 138 near milepost 69 at the Clearwater Falls Campground. Short walk up the river leads to a 30 foot tall waterfall.
  • Toketee Falls
    On Highway 138 near milepost 59, turn north onto Road 34. Go less than mile and follow signs to the parking area. Trail leads 0.4 mile down 200
    steps to the viewing platform.
  • Watson Falls
    At milepost 61, turn south onto Road 37. Trailhead parking is on the right. The trail leads up to a bridge below the falls and then to the base
    of the 272 foot falls; about 0.6 miles.
  • Whitehorse Falls
    From Highway 138, near milepost 66, turn into Whitehorse Falls Campground. The platform at the parking area provides a view of the 15 foot tall falls pouring into a punchbowl.

Highway 138 East of Glide

  • Deadline Falls
    Turn off Highway 138 by milepost 22 into the Swiftwater Recreation Area. The trail to Deadline Falls is the first mile of the North Umpqua
    Trail. This first part of the trail is accessible and provides a wildlife viewing opportunity as fish often try to jump the falls from May to October.
  • Fall Creek Falls
    Pull off Highway 138 near milepost 32 into a narrow trailhead parking area. The mile long hike leads up to the 85 foot tall double-tiered waterfall. Some moderately steep portions.
  • Steamboat Falls
    Near milepost 39, turn onto Road 38 and follow for 3.8 miles to Road 3810. Turn again, and after 1.6 miles turn into Steamboat Falls Campground. Nearby is the 30 foot tall falls.
  • Susan Creek Falls
    By milepost 28, turn into the Susan Creek Recreation Area. The 0.8 mile accessible trail leads to a 50 foot tall waterfall.

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