Clearwater and Whitehorse Falls by Crater Lake

Crater Lake is such an incredibly beautiful experience that is hard to beat. Your eyes and soul will be satisfied staring at the royal blue of that lake and you’ll find yourself telling everyone you know just how amazing that color is exactly. But, if you’re in the area you definitely don’t want to miss the Umpqua National forest. Follow scenic route 138 and you can spend a day or two marveling at least six really amazing waterfalls all just a short distance from each other. Neither of these falls get a lot of publicity so you might have them pretty much to yourself which to me is a huge plus after the crowds at Crater Lake. ( More on Crater Lake here: )
We stopped at Clearwater Falls first. I couldn’t help but just sit for a while, letting the little droplets splash me, while I watched the water gushing over the top and playfully encircle and dance around the moss covered rocks.

The mosses, liverworts and hornworts (relatives of moss) at Clearwater falls are pretty exceptional in the fact that they can dry out completely and then come back to life when introduced to moisture again.
If you climb up to the top of the waterfall you’ll get to see this playground below.

The water is crystal clear and I could spend hours balancing over the many large logs zigzagging their way across.

The forest is worth a little hike too. Quiet and secluded.

Whitehorse falls is about 5 miles from Clearwater falls. It’s not impressive in height but it has a nice pool where you can swim and many logs to climb. The water here is also completely clear and so inviting.

You don’t have to climb any fences, there’s a nice deck you can walk up to to get a great view of this waterfall. I shouldn’t have either, but I like to get close and get my hands and feet wet.

This waterfall is right next to the parking lot and does not require any walking so it’s an easy stop for anyone.

A few things…
-first and most important, do not forget, bring deep woods mosquito repellent. Trust me you wont regret it!
-bring a picnic. There are picnic tables and restrooms and either location couldn’t be any prettier.
-As you follow route 138, Clearwater falls is by mile marker 69 and Whitehorse is only a few miles after it.

22 Comments on “Clearwater and Whitehorse Falls by Crater Lake

  1. Great photos of a beautiful spot. I always find the lighting a little tricky in wooded settings, but the shots here are excellent in that department. Also like the bokeh effect with the flowers. Lovely!

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  3. Like watching a Beauty-Full movie, thank you for taking us along, I have one of the plants you photo-graphed growing in my house, It is many years old, it has never flowered, probably because it is lonely, wishing it was there, there in that forest you visited, You made my day by sharing this beauty with Me.


    • Aw โค๏ธโค๏ธ that plant needs some hugs!!
      Thank you so much for your kind words Alaska Man. And thank you for visiting again ๐Ÿ˜Š


  4. Beautiful photos! And I just love your enthusiasm about climbing around on logs and letting the water splash you. Your spirit might be like mine when we’re in the forest. I just had to tell you – I used to live here!! I lived in Steamboat for six years as a kid, and grew up playing in these forests and in the North Umpqua River. Just a few miles farther along that road past Toketee. Can you believe how lucky that is? I still have fond memories of the area and your post brought it back to me.

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    • Oh my goodness what a wonderful area to grow up in! You must have had some wonderful adventures. If you ever do a blog on it please let me know.
      And thank you! I just loved that whole area. I have a million photos from there ๐Ÿ˜„ … and the enthusiasm? It doesnโ€™t take much to entertain me, haha.. hope to see you hiking around the woods some day.

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