Koosah and Sahalie Falls Trail

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Koosah and Sahalie Falls Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cascadia, OR that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.3 miles 440 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

This loop trail passes by two waterfalls on the McKenzie River. Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls are located on the old "Clear Lake Cutoff" section of Highway 126. These falls mark the terminus of two thick flows of basaltic andesite lava that dammed Clear Lake and moved into the McKenzie River 3,000 years ago. The results are two breathtaking waterfalls with foaming white water cascades in between. The loop trail connects the two waterfalls and the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, and offers up close views of the wild McKenzie River. Sahalie Falls viewpoint is fully accessible.

walking
8 days ago

Beautiful walk/hike along the river with SEVERAL waterfalls and rapids.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike I do it five, six times a year. I start at carmen reservoir then loop around. I have a pass but it is free to park there and less traffic. The trail is well maintained a good work out if you pace right but also just a good relaxing getaway for a day hike.

hiking
2 months ago

An amazing must-go trail and must-see view. I was in the Sahalie Falls viewpoint some years ago but it was today that I have hiked the whole trail. The air near Sahalie is so fresh and humid that it is worth canning :-) In fact there is at least one significant (unnamed?) waterfall between Koosah and Sahalie plus a bunch of smaller up the river.

2 months ago

Great day.

2 months ago

So beautiful!! And there are so many side trails that lead you down to the river and closer to the action. Be careful though they can get slippery!

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful trail! It loops all around the waterfalls! 3 included. It was very busy but if you're willing to go off trail a bit there's lots of wonderful places to get close to the water. The water was so extremely clear and blue. Seriously a wonderful trip!!

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This is a beautiful hike with access to amazing waterfalls and pools. As it is so popular, I was only disappointed at seeing litter and many people disregarding the closed areas to walk off trails to get closer to the falls, including a group of young adults who tracked down a slope despite the posted signs to restrict access. This during a time when many rangers were distracted by dealing with the recent forest fires. So very sad when parks like these are created for all of us to enjoy with the trust we will take good care of it when we visit.

trail running
4 months ago

Beautiful and challenging trail running. This is not just one trail but with many side trails. You won't get lost on the main trail because you just follow the river but it is easy to not find the side trails to the trailhead and parking areas. We did not have good map and no cell service until the end.

hiking
5 months ago

Truly enjoyed this hike, plenty of places to stop and enjoy lunch.

hiking
5 months ago

Fairly easy trek down on top of and then bellow Koosah Falls, ending up at the Carmen reservoir. Nicely shaded, well maintained and a bunch of places to snap some pictures.

hiking
5 months ago

such a beautiful trail. great for the whole family!

6 months ago

It was great! Beautiful if you come in the morning and beat the crowd.

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice easy hike. My group and I hiked down to koosah first, then back up and to the top of Sahalie. I liked that route. Nice hike along the river and cool places to explore up top. We went late afternoon mid April and there was only a couple other groups there, but I've heard it can get crowded.

6 months ago

Incredible.

hiking
7 months ago

just beautiful

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful, easy trail. I'm glad we arrived before noon on a Sunday. By the time we left at 2 the parking lot was full. There are plenty of places to park along the McKenzie and still easily access the trails to the falls. Carmen reservoir was absolutely gorgeous and peaceful. Would go back again.

hiking
1 year ago

Sahalie and Koosah Falls are two of the great landmarks of the fantastic McKenzie River Trail. This trail, easily accessible from Highway 126 about halfway between McKenzie Pass and the Santiam Junction, tours the falls on the east side and then loops back to join the official McKenzie River Trail and loops back on the west side. The view of Koosah from the west side is one of the most picturesque waterfall photo ops you'll ever find. Wait until late June or so to make sure snow is clear and be aware this can be heavily trafficked--but it's all worth it, this is a must trail for waterfall lovers and will likely get you really excited about hiking other parts of the 26-mile McKenzie River Trail.

hiking
2 years ago

Awesome Hike, I went from the top down to Carmen and had a blast with my three dogs. A great hike for anyone!