Downstream from Toketee Falls

Toketee Falls is one of the high-volume tourist destinations in Southern Oregon.  Downstream from the waterfall seems to not be explored much.

It is mostly sheer on both sides, though I think there are a couple spots to get down to the river. This is the first shot at taking a look at the beginning part of that section on foot.

This is looking across the river from a sand quarry.  You can see large spires of lava rock.  This spot will be used this summer as a potential entry point down to the river.

On to Toketee Falls, then down the iffy trail to the river.  But first...

This is a small cave that sits along the trail near the falls.  It has a skylight and everything.

Now a new view...

For quite a ways as I came back, I had the falls as a back drop.  With the large rocks and boulders in the creek and along the bank, this is the prettiest river scene I can remember seeing.  Once the trees and bushes come back to full-green later in the spring, I imagine this is an absolutely breath-taking view.

From a technical aspect, the trek along the river through here isn't all that hard, though there are a couple tricky spots between boulders.  As long as you pay attention and accept the fact that you're not going to be moving forward very fast, you'll stay out of the water.

You can see the roadside guardrail just below the treeline on the left side.  That blueish speck in the center is...

...an "Oregon Scenic Byway" sign that fell.  And speaking of fell...

...I found this waiting for me where the river hits an "S".  It was sitting in a flat spot that is submerged under higher water.

I hauled it back with me, which wasn't too bad until the climb back up.  I had to tie it with a lanyard to my belt loop as I climbed up the vertical shaft to get back to the main viewing platform.  It managed to hang up right as I clung to the top, which was a little nerve-wracking.  As you can imagine, I received a few odd looks from people as I carried it back to the car.  I eventually sold it on Craigslist for $100.

Here's a video that shows the wall down to this nice spot:

There's a little hole back there.  This is just as the rock wall is ending and where that road sign will end up eventually.

Just past the pool, at the beginning of the ess.

Middle of the 'S', right where the "trail" runs cold.  The only way across here is over a large log that is shown on the last frame or so of the video.  I wasn't too keen on using it to cross.  Then again, we shall see how desperate I get down the road.

This shows the beginning of a sheer rock wall on the right, while the traversable portion moves to the left.  The river takes on an odd look, as it is straight and flat.  Once this runs out after a couple hundred yards, the river turns into a monstrous, tumultuous, churning stretch of whitewater that has appears to have mostly sheer cliffs on both banks.  The rest will have to wait until next time.

2 thoughts on Downstream from Toketee Falls

  1. Hi, this is a very interesting post. Could you provide me with more direction about where to leave the viewing platform to get down to the base of the waterfall?

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