East Fork of the Coquille Waterfalls

Here is a collection of a couple trips up the Coos Bay Wagon Road.

Brewster Canyon Falls is officially named and marked on topographic maps.  The first time I tried to go to the falls, I took a path down to it and ended up directly above the falls.  (There was also a billion piles of garbage someone dumped in there.)  I went back down the road a ways and crawled up the creek to the falls.  It was a bit tedious though the challenge was entertaining.

 

Odd stack of leaves that had formed.

 

The falls are actually pretty small.  And they are actually not really worth returning to.  As things sometimes go, this is one of the most insignificant waterfalls on this river, yet it is the only one with an official name.  (Note - in taking a look at this post 4-5 years after I was last at this waterfall, I am wanting to make sure I was actually at the same waterfall I was looking over from above.)
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Interesting story behind this sofa picture.  While driving along, I found a sizeable mud hole and impulsively decided to turn onto the dirt road and drive through it.  I thought it would be awesome and it was, but...turns out...it was too awesome.  The mud hole was much deeper than I thought and the water came up to the bumper.  I turned around and plowed back through.  Subarus have few weaknesses, but one has to be their plastic skid plates.  Upon backing through the mud hole, I tore mine in half.  (It has now been replaced by one made by Primitive, a company out of Portland.  The new one is 3/16" aircraft-grade aluminum.  The only way that gets torn in half is if a Kaiju does it.)  Just up the road, I found a non-muddy waterhole (and definitely shallower) on another short spur road and decided to drive through it to wash off the bottom of the Forester, which was coated in gunk. After turning around, I saw this couch rotting away about 50 feet from the main road.

 


This is Upper East Fork Falls along the East Fork of the Coquille River.  It's not so much a real waterfall, but more a big rock slide.  Either way, it's a very pretty spot and easily accessible.  Last time I came here, there was a abandoned camper left about 10 feet from where I was standing while snapping the first shot.  The area looks much better without it.

 

This is Middle East Fork Falls.  Because of the way it turns away shyly, this isn't the easiest waterfall to even fully see, let alone photograph, though you can park within 20 feet of it. I wandered up the creek a ways to get in into it, but being one of those people who works hard at being lazy, instead of hopping rocks back down the creek and up to the road, I just climbed the falls to get back to the car.

 

This is an unnamed fall just around the corner from the prior one (actually, I think pretty much all of these are more or less officially unnamed).

 

The creek is littered with massive moss-covered rocks and might be the prettiest short stretch along the Coos Bay Wagon Road. Unfortunately, I could not get any pictures to turn out.

On another trip a few years ago, we stumbled into a massive landslide on this section of road less than 50' above this waterfall.  Due to a series of errors during a clear cut, two lakes formed above the road and caused a huge slide to plow over the road.

 

This is just above the next waterfall.  It is a pretty interesting spot with the lines and circles carved out by pebbles and water over bazillions of years.  Unless you're Kirk Cameron, then it took less time to form than it does to binge watch the "Weekend at Bernie's" trilogy.

 


This is Lower East Fork Falls, the last major waterfall along the East Fork of the Coquille.  Though far from the tallest, it is one of the more impressive waterfalls in Southern Oregon, always beautiful, always powerful.  And it has many points to walk and climb around on to get interesting angles.

See that red dot on the leaf?

The oddly-named Pleasing Fungus Beetle, macro with the last few filtering out everything but red or orange.

 

Filtering out yellow or green here, same basic spot as the bug, which was very tasty by the way. (Okay, it wasn't tasty.  But does that mean I ate it and didn't like the taste or that I didn't eat it and I therefore could not discern its tastiness?  Mysteries you shall never know the answer to...)

 

This is a small waterfall along the side of the road downstream about a mile or so from Lower East Fork Falls.  It's a bit taller than it looks, though it runs mostly dry during the summer.  I have previously tried to "hike" back into it, but the brush is unbearably thick and just not worth it.  Last time I tried, I got far enough in to notice that it looked impossible to get a decent view of the falls from any angle due to the brush.  I believe it used to be referred to as Franklin Falls.

I decided to venture up Camas Creek Road, which I had never been on before.  The road was very narrow and the surrounding terrain was extremely steep.

 

Here's a very thin slide fall along the road.  While it would be interesting to see with a high water flow, driving up this road during such weather does not sound all that much fun.  So, yeah, I'll probably do it at least once.

 

As I said, it's very steep in here.

While heading back, I looked up at the rocks above and saw something interesting:

A closer look reveals many very small caves through here.  Were they formed by wind in their current location?  By water and pebbles as an ancient stream bed (similar to the spot above Lower East Fork Falls) then forced skyward as part of a geologic upheaval?  Were they formed by magic?  A few million years ago, the Coast Range was a highly volcanic coastal area.  Now this area sits calmly 30 miles east of the ocean.

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