Proxy Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have seen. It’s a veil type waterfall that cascades over the side of the rocks and ledges below, and what makes it extra cool for me is all the mosses that grow around the creek and waterfall.
Proxy Falls is located in central Oregon about 65 miles east of Eugene. There is a large pullout that is well labeled for the falls, even some restrooms. For a map to Proxy Falls click this link. The trail to Proxy Falls is an easy hike. The trail goes to the right and loops back around to an overlook lasting about a mile. It’s not a bad view from the overlook but it’s worth every bit of trouble to take one of the scatter trails that lead down to the creek for a view of the falls from below. It’s far more impressive! Take some waterproof boots, or something you don’t mind getting wet, you may have to walk through some of the creek to get the best vantage point. A wide angle lens is highly recommended, but also a telephoto to capture the ledges and cascades, and other details of the falls.
Photographing the falls is a bit tricky. There is a lot of mist so make sure you take a towel or two to keep your glass clean and dry. Most often when shooting waterfalls I like to get a longer exposure but you may have to compromise in this area due to the amount of mist that can build up in just a few moments. The best time to view the falls is in the summer. The roads during the winter may not be passable, but the falls do run year round. Morning is the best for viewing the falls, but Proxy Falls is pretty well guarded from the sun up until the early afternoon.
I first saw an image of these falls in a magazine, and I have been wanting to go for several years. I am always glad to be able to check another place off my list. Proxy Falls is one of my all time favorite waterfalls thus far! I will defiantly try to make it back again someday and I recommend it to anyone looking for an awesome waterfall experience.
5D III 16-35mm at 16mm f22 @ 4 sec ISO 100