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Umbrella Falls (Summer 2019)

Directions: Take Highway 26 East past Government Camp to the junction with Highway 35. Follow Highway 35 for about 8 miles until you see a sign for Hood River Meadows. Take a left here and follow the road a short distance to the Elk Meadow Trailhead on the right shoulder of the road.

From the trailhead you will be starting out on the Elk Meadow Trail for a little over a quarter mile until you reach a signed junction. Go left here on the Umbrella Falls Trail, the trail starts out by passing through a small meadow (if you start your hike early there is a good chance you will see deer in this area) and then heads uphill- and gets fairly steep in sections. You will start to get views down into Mt. Hood Meadows off to your left and soon pass under a ski lift. The trail switches back and you head up a short steep section that drops you into a wildflower filled meadow. We saw lots of lupine and paintbrush in this section.

     

     

The trail starts to level out a bit as you pass through more meadows with streams and get some views of the top of Mt. Hood off to your right. There was Beargrass in this area but it wasn’t quite in full bloom yet. We saw a few deer off in the distance and a few butterflies as well.

     

     

As you continue hiking you will come to a junction for Sahalie Falls. Stay straight here and a short distance later you will reach Umbrella Falls. On your way back you can take the side trail to Sahalie Falls and then head back out the way you came in.

     

Distance: 4 miles (easy)

Elevation: 800 feet (moderate)

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: Most. This trail does have some steep sections so it may not be best for young kids and older folks.

Bathrooms: Yes a portable toilet at the trailhead

Parking Fee: NW Forest Pass required

Seasons: Summer through early Fall

Popular: Yes

Warnings: None

Sahalie and Koosah Falls (Summer 2013)

Sahalie and Koosah Falls are on the McKenzie Highway not too far South of Clear Lake.  Parking here is limited and these falls are very popular, so if you see a spot, grab it.

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Less than 150 feet down the trail is a viewpoint at Sahalie Falls. This is the best place to see and take pictures of the waterfall. From here you head down the trail and follow the McKenzie River for half a mile to Koosah Falls. The first view is from the very top of the falls, then you wind down to a viewpoint with benches, here is an offset view. Just past the intersection where you can walk up to a second parking lot there is a second viewpoint for Koosah Falls with a direct view. Continuing South on the trail, passing wild lilies and nice views of the river, you’ll end up at Carmen Reservoir where you’ll cross a bridge over the river.

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The hike on the East side of the river is a lot nicer than the West side. The plant life on the West side is a lot thicker so there are fewer views. The second part of this hike starts at the bathroom after the bridge. This part of the hike is on the McKenzie River Trail and is a lot steeper and rockier. You wind uphill passing both falls and end up North of Sahalie Falls where a skinny log bridge takes you back to the other side. Not too far after you cross the bridge there is another viewpoint for Sahalie Falls.

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Distance: 2.6 miles (easy)

Elevation: 400 feet (easy)

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: Spring through fall

Popular: Very

Warnings: None