Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Umpqua Scenic Byway - Stop #6

Stop #6, Watson Falls, was a highlight of the day, no doubt about it! Definitely a "must see" stop for anyone in the area.  Sixteen miles west of Diamond Lake, Watson Falls is reportedly the 3rd tallest falls in Oregon.  The trail takes one fairly close to the base of the falls, actually you are almost "aside" the falls by the time you reach the end of the trail.  Although at times it felt a bit longer, the trail is less than a mile, 0.6 so the internet tells me.  It was an easy climb, didn't leave me winded.  

The trail was however, a series of switchbacks through the very green and lush forest.  Sometimes my mind wanders to the strangest places and as we were climbing the trail Daniel Day Lewis and Madeline Stowe suddenly popped in to my head!  Even though the move (The Last of the Mohicans) is graphically violent, it is full of awesome moments. Who can forget Daniel Day Lewis standing behind the waterfall telling Madeline Stowe to "Stay Alive!"  "I will find you!"  I mean please, does it get any better?  

I was going to show you the infamous waterfall scene, but click here and see what I found much to my dismay.  You'll just have to trust that the surrounding forest reminded me greatly of  Hawkeye's trek through the forest to "find her!"

This stone is near the parking area, but you actually have to cross the road to access the trail.

Here we go!

Smile for the self-timer!

First glimpse of the falls!

So pretty!

I'm pretty sure Hawkeye is just around the corner... but hopefully not the bad guys. Yikes!

Right through the trunk of the tree.

As high as we can climb.  Interestingly, there is no pool of water at the base of the falls.

Through the trees.

Not done yet, next stop coming up!

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