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.


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.


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

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