Directions: From the entrance to Crater Lake National Park on Highway 138 continue West on the highway for about 24 miles. There are signs for Watson Falls.
Watson falls is the third highest waterfall in Oregon!
From the parking area get on the trail that heads up some wooden steps and takes you across the highway. The trail heads uphill sometimes steeply but nothing that’s too hard. About a third mile up the trail you will come to a great area in the creek that’s covered in moss and ferns with water coming out all over, and you can actually see Watson Falls from here too.
Continue up some stone steps that lead you to a wooden bridge that crosses the creek. From here the trail passes a bench and starts switchbacking up to the waterfall where the trail ends at another bench and great views of the waterfall and surrounding area.
Since you are in the area we highly recommend that you stop by Clearwater Falls, it’s just a few miles from Watson Falls. The waterfall is just a few steps from the parking area. Make sure to hike up the left side of the waterfall to see the creek above!
Distance: 1 mile
Elevation: 300 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages- just be aware that there are some steps and switchbacks
Bathrooms: Yes at the parking area.
Parking Fee: None
Seasons: Check for road closures during snowy months.
Overall: Very pretty hike, lots of places you’ll want to stop and take pictures along the trail!