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Proxy Falls

Oregon Hwy 242, McKenzie Bridge, Oregon 97413 USA

Open Now
Thu 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
  • No Wifi

“One of Oregon's most photo'd falls”

Proxy Falls is one of the most frequently photographed waterfalls in Oregon and is certainly among the most photogenic waterfalls in the entire country. Anybody who as had a waterfall calendar has undoubtedly seen pictures of this gorgeous cascade. Fed by springs on the shoulder of North Sister, Proxy Creek breaks over a wall of columnar basalt liberally marinated in mosses, veiling 226 feet in two streams. One of the most striking characteristics of the falls is that the two primary viewpoints provide surprisingly different perspectives of the falls. From the end of the trail, the falls are viewed through a natural channel in the thick surrounding forest and appear as a fall widening mid-way down, and then narrowing slightly at the bottom. From the base of the falls, however, the top looks much more constricted and the base appears much wider than it does from further back. Located along the McKenzie Pass Highway. From the junction of Highways 126 (McKenzie River Byway) and 242 (McKenzie Pass Highway), follow Highway 242 east for 6 ½ miles to the well signed Proxy Falls trailhead. The trail to the falls is set up as a loop, and we suggest hiking in the opposite direction from what the signs state. Following the trail in a clockwise fashion leads hikers to Upper Proxy Falls first, saving the better of the two falls for last. Going in this way, Proxy Falls is reached after 2/3 of a mile of easy walking (following the signs as indicated, hikers will reach the falls in approximately ¾ of a mile of walking). Scramble trails access the base of the falls from the developed viewpoint.

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June 17, 2015

Day Use Fee Area/Northwest Forest Pass. A true sense of deep-forest solitude and mountain beauty is found at Proxy Falls. Travel along the 1+ mile (1.6 km) loop trail through open lava fields and dense forest to view two distinctly different waterfalls.

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Murray 123

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July 31, 2017

Be aware that it's closed during the off season. Check online if you're planning to visit in the late fall/ winter/early spring.

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Proxy Falls

Oregon Hwy 242
McKenzie Bridge, Oregon
97413 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Wifi
  • Yes Parking

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