I have wanted to go to Proxy Falls for quite some time but for one reason or another I have never made it there. Yesterday I had my chance. A group of photographers from the meet-up group I belong take a trip to the falls.
It is only about 54 miles from home but you will need about 1-1/2 to 2 hours to get there. The shortest route goes along the McKenzie Highway and it is a narrow, winding road which makes it impossible to drive with any speed. Google Maps says it is faster to go the longer route over Santiam Pass by about 4 minutes, but it is 30 miles longer.
The hike to the falls itself is not difficult. There are a few rocky areas where you need to watch your step, a few places where you have to climb over or under fallen trees. Hiking poles would have been helpful…they are now on my list.
When you get to the falls, you have to walk through streams to get to the falls. So it is a good idea to bring an extra pair of shoes and socks to change into when you are done. I didn’t and I was walking around with wet fee for a while.
The falls are gorgeous. I didn’t do any vibrancy or saturation edits with these photos – it is just this green.