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Blumenthal Falls

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Upper Blumenthal Falls (Steve Hart)
Closeup of "Upper" Blumenthal (Steve Hart)
Lip of "Main" Blumenthal Falls (Steve Hart)


Blumenthal Fall is a small waterfall on Cape Falcon. The water flow is low and it probably dries up in the summer. On the plus side, it's very scenic as it first tumbles down a 15 foot rock face, then tumbles in three tiers directly into the sea. The upper tier and lip of the lower tier are accessible from a small side path off the Oregon Coast Trail. The base of the lower tier is visible at low tide from Short Sand Beach.

State Parks ranger Dan Blumenthal was shot at point blank range in Oswald West State Park campground in 1999. He was the first Oregon State Parks ranger to be killed in the line of duty. Nearby Kerwin Creek is named after his partner, John "Jack" Kerwin, who was critically wounded in the attack. Before Blumenthal Creek was named, the waterfall was known as Smugglers Cove Falls.

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