North Umpqua Waterfalls

April 13, 1991

After explaining the trip and distributing maps and printed directions, we left the S.E.H.S. parking lot at 8:15 a.m. It was a beautiful spring day. We took I-5 to the Sutherlin exit, then south on Hwy. 99 to Wilber, turning east on the North Bank Road to Glide with a rendezvous at Colliding Rivers Park just off Hwy. 138 in Glide. We again met in Sweetwater Park off of Hwy. 138 to begin a 1¾-mile hike to Fern Falls at the beginning of the North Umpqua Trail. Back to the cars and Hwy. 138 to Susan Creek Falls (one mile) and lunch — we had lots of room to spread out. Because tempus fugit, we decided to drive straight to Watson Falls at the eastern-most end of our planned trip (all agreed this was the best). The trail followed tumbling water up to the falls: most spectacular. These are the second highest in Oregon; Multnomah Falls is higher. Then back to Tokatee Falls (½ mile) and home for most. All agreed it was a wonderful day and worth the 270 road miles. I would like to thank the many willing drivers; we had more offers than needed. There are many more waterfalls in the area waiting your investigation. We had a group of 16 wonderful people: Dan Bates*, Kevin Clark, Leona Devine, Ben Elkus, Ellie Gruman*, Larry Gruman, Sylvia Harvey, Bonnie Ledford, Bonnie Manheim, Anne Montgomery, Virginia Prouty, Chuck Reul*, Sandy Reul, Susan Stewart, and leaders Corinne Hunt and Mary Battin* (13 Obsidians and 3 non-members).

* — Driver.


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