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Gorgeous Hike and Great Adventure!

First off, this is not in Sisters-it is about 30-40 miles west of Sisters. Make sure to have a full... read more

Reviewed July 2, 2018
Anchorage, Alaska
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Amazing, tall waterfall

There is parking and a bathroom at the trailhead. The hike is relatively short, not too strenuous... read more

Reviewed June 19, 2018
Andrea B
Atlanta, Georgia
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Hwy 242, McKenzie Pass, Sisters, OR
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All reviews easy hike climb down viewing point lava rock trail head nice waterfall the loop central oregon base falls miles thousands pnw trailhead field mist pass
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Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

First off, this is not in Sisters-it is about 30-40 miles west of Sisters. Make sure to have a full tank of gas as services are not in the area. Take the 242 from Sisters for a gorgeous drive and stop at the observatory. It...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank AlaskaJJ
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

There is parking and a bathroom at the trailhead. The hike is relatively short, not too strenuous. It does pass through some lava rock fields, so you need to watch your step. When you get to the view of the falls, it is breathtaking. To...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Andrea B
Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

Very pretty hike, takes about an hour or so to do the loop. For an easier route take the trail head to the left, the right is a very rocky and narrow trail. Doable but if we had known we probably would have just stuck...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank chasey87
Reviewed March 3, 2018

Great place to hike, swim, and take photos. Also nice to see frozen over in the winter. Lots of great wild flowers and native trees. Been here over 20 times.

Date of experience: June 2017
4  Thank ken m
Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

Proxy falls offers everything great about the PNW . The hike strolls through beautiful forest and ancient lava rock. It awards with two stunning waterfalls framed by lush forest. This hike is fairly popular and can get very crowded. Make sure you bring a NW...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank mjones1992
Reviewed January 9, 2018

The drive and consequent hike to the falls will immerse you in the Central Oregon forest experience. Take the lower falls trail and if you are up for some challenge in finding your way to the base of the falls, you can get close as...More

Date of experience: June 2017
3  Thank LarryM295
Reviewed August 30, 2017

I will warn you that to get the "full experience" The one that you see in the calendars you must channel your inner mountain goat and climb down past the lower falls "viewing point" It is sooo worth it. It truly is an experience you'll...More

Date of experience: August 2017
5  Thank Leslie F
Reviewed August 15, 2017

This is quite a drive out there on tight turny roads but well worth the stop. Parking can be hard to find, but it was a very easy hike. If you start clockwise on the trail, you will meet the first fall very fast. We...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank samsonpete
Reviewed August 5, 2017

The trail is less crowded (also more rustic, and longer) than the trail at Koosah/Shallie Falls. Loved the thousands of butterflies fluttering around in the sunny mist. My Keen water shoes were perfect for the rough terrain and allowed me to slosh through the freezing...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank lakechiro
Reviewed August 1, 2017 via mobile

This was one of my favorite spots on our drive through this area. A short hike to a beautiful falls. Truly enjoyed exploring this area. Great spot!

Date of experience: August 2017
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Kathy M
August 4, 2018|
Response from chasey87 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I am just seeing your question. Your best bet would be to try the trailhead to the left, go to the falls and then turn around and come back the same way. It was much easier/more flat than the trailhead to the right. I... More
Jeff E
March 25, 2018|
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Response from ken m | Reviewed this property |
Not sure I would call or write Sisters OR Chamber of Commerce as that is closest business area to the falls. A great scenic area.
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Somerset, New Jersey
Central Western Cascades ? Are they open by end of May (4 Replies)
I'm driving from Mount Hood / Government Camp to Bend On May 31st. Staying in Bend for 3 days. I wanted to know if any of these locations are going to be cleared of snow and open by the time I travel from Mount Hood to Bend ? I'm just trying to plan my time around Bend and want to figure out if I should include any of these locations. Lower / Upper Mckenzie river Proxy Falls / Mckenzie pass Scotts Lake Iron Mountain Santium Pass/ Big Lake Diamond drive/ Timpagnoas lake Waldo lake ...More
April 14, 2017|
Response fromoregonpoppa|
All the major passes (Santiam, Willamette) will be open. They are now. HWY 126 along the McKenzie River will be open, but access to Clear Lake, Sahalie Falls and some of the trails stemming from the McKenzie River Trail may be restricted. HWY 242 (Old McKenzie) is seasonal and often doesn't open until late June or early July, so Proxy Falls is probably a no go. Major roads will be OK, but don't attempt any of the forest roads, which could be blocked by fallen trees, washed out sections...More
Question on roads in Proxy Falls/Sisters area (1 Reply)
Just a quick question: While I mostly stay on the coast or the gorge when in Oregon, I'm thinking of heading towards Proxy Falls and the general vicinity around Sisters. I am familiar with the winter road closures in the area. My question is how are the roads going to Proxy (and vicinity) coming from Eugene in terms of condition, sharp-drop-offs without guardrails, congestion, etc? Thx!
March 01, 2015|
Response fromoregonpoppa|
So long as you understand the winter closure of Old McKenzie Hwy #242, the roads from Eugene are fine. The most direct route from Eugene to Sisters is 126/20, which are major highways.
Andrea T
Phoenix, Arizona
Itinerary advice - Bend, Coast, Portland areas (1 Reply)
Hello! My husband and I are planning a trip to Oregon for late July and could use some help determining the best itinerary. Everything we want to do seems really spread out, so it's been difficult to find the best way to maximize our time in regards to grouping of activities, what area to stay, etc. I'm thinking 7 days for the entire trip, but that's relatively flexible. So far, we've identified the following as places we'd like to go, but are open to additional suggestions! 1) Silver...More
December 02, 2016|
Response fromrjr0810|
I think you may need more than 7 days. Here are my thoughts re. an itinerary: Portland (at least one day to explore city, one day to use as a base for CRG/Multnomah Falls) Coast down to Florence (look at Manzanita and Yachats for overnights though I suppose you could just do one night) From Florence, take OR-126 to OR-242 to hit Proxy Falls; continue to Sisters then take US-20 down to Bend (I would add a night to Bend to allow you to focus on Bend and its surroundings). Smith Rock SP, the...More