Yakso Falls

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Yakso Falls
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Yakso Falls
Location Cascade Range east of Roseburg in the U.S. state of Oregon
Coordinates 43°13′29″N 122°42′56″W / 43.22472°N 122.71556°W / 43.22472; -122.71556Coordinates: 43°13′29″N 122°42′56″W / 43.22472°N 122.71556°W / 43.22472; -122.71556[1]
Type fan split by a large basalt outcrop near the base[2]
Elevation 3,100 feet (940 m)[2]
Total height 70 feet (21 m)[2]
Total width 25 feet (7.6 m)[3]
Watercourse Little River
flow rate
50 cubic feet per second (1.4 m3/s)[3]

Yakso Falls is a 70-foot (21 m) waterfall on Little River, in the Cascade Range east of Roseburg in the U.S. state of Oregon.[2] The waterfall is about 27 miles (43 km) from the unincorporated community of Glide along Little River Road (County Road 17), which becomes Forest Road 27.[4]

In Chinook jargon, Yakso means "hair of the head".[5] The waterfall is said to resemble the long hair of a woman.[5]

Yakso Falls Trail, 0.7 miles (1.1 km) long, leads from Lake in the Forest Campground in Umpqua National Forest to the waterfall.[6] The trail, open year-round, passes through selectively logged old-growth forest.[4]

Other waterfalls in the vicinity include Hemlock Falls, Middle Hemlock Falls, and Upper Hemlock Falls (also known as Clover Falls), all on nearby Hemlock Creek, a Little River tributary. Additional falls within 5 miles (8.0 km) of Yakso Falls are Tributary Falls on an unnamed tributary of Hemlock Creek; Cedar Creek Falls on Cedar Creek; Flat Rock Falls on the Flat Rock branch of Clover Creek, and Grotto Falls on Emile Creek.[3][7] Like Hemlock Creek, Cedar, Clover, and Emile creeks are tributaries that enter Little River downstream of Yakso Falls.[8]


  1. ^ "Yakso Falls". Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). United States Geological Survey. May 22, 1986. Retrieved May 17, 2012.  Adjusted slightly by geolocating with Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c d Anderson, David L. (2007). Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest. Woodstock, Vermont: The Countryman Press. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-88150-713-3. 
  3. ^ a b c "Yakso Falls". Northwest Waterfall Survey. 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Yakso Falls Trail #1519". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 1062. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  6. ^ "Thundering Waters: Yakso Falls". U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ Plumb, Gregory A. (2004) [1983]. Thurman, Paula, ed. Waterfall Lovers Guide: Pacific Northwest (4th ed.). Seattle, Washington: The Mountaineers Books. pp. 250–252. ISBN 0-89886-911-0. 
  8. ^ United States Geological Survey (USGS). "United States Geological Survey Topographic Map". TopoQuest. Retrieved May 18, 2012.