Toketee Falls in Douglas County Oregon is a mystical place. The punch bowl falls drops twice in a Columnar Basalt fissure, 28 feet to the first pool and again 85 feet to the bottom pool.
Toketee Falls is on Highway 138 N Umpqua Highway that runs between the North Entrance to Crater Lake and Roseburg Oregon. Along the stretch of highway are quite a few easy hike falls, and Toketee Falls is without question the crown jewel of the area.
The parking lot is parallel to a large aqueduct built from wood and metal bands that adds a one of a kind magic to the beginning of the hike to Toketee Falls. The old wooden giant leaks, sprays and reveals a part of construction that is all but gone from our modern world.
The trail to Toketee Falls is 3/4 of a mile with moderate climbing in and out. The beginning of the hike meanders through lush forest next to the North Umpqua River, about half way through the trail yields to steep canyon like terrain that has been tamed by stairs and fencing. This is not an easy hike but it is not difficult either. At the end of the trail is an aerial overlook platform made of wood that displays Toketee Falls in full view.
The North Umpqua River is the source of the Toketee Falls, providing an impressive display even when the neighboring falls suffer from low water levels. The Columnar Basalt bowl cut by the flow of the North Umpqua River is a fitting frame for Toketee Falls. Punch bowl type falls are magnificent, and powerful ones like this are magical.