Fall in Love with Proxy Falls in the Fall

November 4, 2011 at 11:23 am (Landscape Photography, Leah McDaniel Photography, Oregon, Oregon Photography, Photography) (, , , , , , )

Title is pretty corny, right?  Couldn’t help myself.  :~)

Hubby and I took the opportunity to trek out to one of the lesser known gems of Central Oregon.  The Proxy Falls (plural) are technically located in Lane County, though they are within easy reach of Sisters, Oregon.  Even if you don’t exit your vehicle and make the short hike to the viewing area, the drive itself is beautiful in the Fall, as the ferns fade to yellow and the vine maples begin their colorful display of golds, oranges and reds.  Locate them in the Willamette National Forest off of the scenic McKenzie Highway (Highway 242).

Here are an abundance of images from the trip.  I hope you enjoy them.  If you do like them, I have added some of these images to my Zazzle products.  I have enabled a few of them as links to some products, or if you would like to check out my store, give me a click.

We began our day in the fog.

The road is curvy in places.


Fall colors, fog, and forest.

Golden Treasure

Hidden Path through the Foggy Autumn Wood

Trailhead Sign

On the way to Proxy FallsLower Proxy Falls

This is not the view you get at the end of the trail.  If you have a taste for adventure, take the scramble trail for a better view. It is steep, slippery, and you will need to sit or lean against the hillside, or stand perched above the crystalline pool for a good view. Take a look at the log (picture below)we had to scramble over in order to get where we wanted to be. No, it isn’t a standing tree, but a fallen log. That gives you an idea of the steepness of the terrain.

Fallen log we had to climb over. It has fallen against the steep terrain.

This shows a bit of the pool that this falls empties into, which I was perched on a steep incline above for this shot.Some of the Tolkienesque landscape along the trail to the Proxy Falls proper.

We are expecting Hobbits any moment to open a hamper for second breakfast and pull up a moss covered stump. I know. What a nerd.


Autumn Beauty


Dewdrop on Autumn Vine Maple Leaf


The fog is beginning to clear.

Proxy Falls as viewed from the Outlook.

Though we had finally made it to the outlook area for Proxy Falls, hubby decided we could get closer if we took another scramble trail to the bottom.  I’m game.  There is more beauty to be found on the way down this steep and  slippery route (I wouldn’t call it a trail, but more like footholds between exposed roots and rocks on the way down the steep terrain.

Pretty Creekside Scenery on the way to Proxy Falls

Another bit of the creek.

A bit of what you must get through or over to get there.

First glimpse of Proxy from the base of the falls.

Proxy Falls from top to bottom from the base.

Proxy Falls Detail


Fog against the Lava

 The fog finally began to lift as we made our way out of the dense trees.  The sun lit the vine maples like living flame.

Wild Mouse Poses for a Portrait

 We noticed a bit of wildlife on the way back to the trailhead.  This little guy enjoyed his sunbath, though he insisted on keeping his face in the shade.  Amazing how close he let me get.



  1. SomewhereOverTheMoon said,

    Beautiful pictures!

    • eponaleah said,

      Thank you! I had to repost this after you looked at it because WordPress glitched and only posted half the photos.

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