Rainbow Falls & Separation Lake

Easy (to Rainbow Falls viewpoint)
1.8 miles round trip
200 feet elevation gain
Open late April to mid-November

Moderate (to Separation Creek)
8.2 miles round trip
950 feet elevation loss
Use: hikers, horses

Difficult (to Separation Lake)
13.4 miles round trip
1250 feet elevation loss

Ice Age glaciers once carved long canyons down from the Three Sisters to the lowlands of the west. Now these canyons have filled with old-growth forests, whitewater rivers, and waterfalls. Sample the scenery with an easy walk to a cliff-edge viewpoint of Rainbow Falls. For a longer hike, take the uncrowded Separation Creek Trail down to the growling whitewater—or to Separation Lake.

Start by driving McKenzie Highway 126 . . . 

This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.

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