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Waterfalls Weekend: Toketee and Watson Falls

Bend Photographers Group
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Apr 14 8:00AM - 7:30PM

We're resurrecting this trip we tried to do twice last Spring. Both were cancelled due to the extended winter. Things are looking good for a waterfalls outing. We will visit at least two of the most popular falls in the North Umpqua River Waterfalls Alley: Toketee Falls and Watson Falls. Toketee is known for its tiered double falls drop through basalt cliffs. Watson is the second or third highest waterfalls in Oregon (depending on the source) is known for its majestic drop in front of a walking bridge. We plan to photograph Toketee Falls before it is bathed in sunlight, take a lunch break, and then view Watson Falls in the early afternoon. Finally, we will look into visiting one or two other falls near the road on the way back to Bend.

Trip Considerations

Plan on bringing a picnic lunch, water, and snacks for the trip. We expect to return to town for a late dinner.

Plan on bringing raingear and a cover for your camera. Even if there are no showers, prepare for waterfall spray from Watson Falls.

Both of the primary trails are rated moderate. Toketee has around 200 steps with handrails. Wear good hiking shoes and bring clothing appropriate for the forecast and conditions.

Since this is a fairly lengthy trip, ride sharing is strongly encouraged. We will finalize these details on the morning of the trip unless you make arrangements with others ahead of time.

If we have members attending the outing from Southern Deschutes County, we will meet at the parking lot for the Sheriff Substation on the 97 on the South End of LaPine. Let Tim know if you plan to do this.

A brief overview of the waterfalls in this area can be viewed and downloaded at the following link:

https://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/recreation/Thundering_Waters/download_brochure.html

Photography Considerations

Consider bringing a wide angle lens and a medium zoom telephoto lens for composing the waterfalls, micro landscapes such as smaller falls, and possibly blooming rhododendrons or azaleas.

As usual, bring a tripod and a remote shutter release for less vibration in images.

Bring a polarizing filter to reduce glare (even on cloudy days) and neutral density filters to slow down the water if you like that effect.

How to find us:We'll meet in the parking rows near the Fred Meyer Gas Station on South Third Street Bend..

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