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, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
357 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

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.

1 day ago

This hike was absolutely stunning! Though I don’t feel the description here is accurate.
1) Unless I had older kids that were experienced hikers, I would not take them on this trail. There are good portions of the trail that is narrow with steep drop offs.
2) Both my fitness tracker and my husbands told us we’d walked 3.8 miles (connected to gps)

Neither of these things were an issue for us, but as a parents (who luckily didn’t have our kids with us) we commented several times on how we would not want to take our kids on the loop.

Overall it is an amazingly beautiful hike! I hope to do it again some day!

hiking
8 days ago

Great waterfalls with an amazing hike through the forest. Didn’t want to blink.

hiking
12 days ago

Loved taking my 4 and 15 year old sons here today! We all had an amazing time! It was a great workout with breathtaking scenery! We will definitely come back here again!

hiking
24 days ago

What a great hike! Uphill and downhill varies throughout so that is nice. You can see the river for most of the hike. Both Falls are accessible if you can’t do the whole hike. But if you can, the hike is beautiful and lots of nice shade on a hot day. Started at Sahalie Falls and went down the steps to the left...keep going past Koosah Falls and down to the Reservoir bridge. Take that right and go all the way down to the restrooms. The trail continues down there on the right (but all the way by the restrooms). There are a couple of other inlets on the way but I have no idea where they go I can only tell you that! Go back up on the other side of the river, around above Sahalie Falls, and to the bridge - no the log is not the bridge don’t panic like I did haha keep going it’s very close! More spectacular views as you make your way back to Sahalie Falls parking area. Saw dogs, kids, bikes, etc. very crowded but it’s a holiday weekend.

hiking
28 days ago

Great trail with the river in view most of the time, the falls were great. It kinda kicked my but at the end man am I out of shape.

1 month ago

Perfect. Amazing falls. Easy trail.

hiking
1 month ago

We weren’t sure if we found the loop trail but started at Sahalie Falls parking lot which is right at the falls. A Beautiful and big gushing waterfall. Then follow A beautiful trail along the water with many soots to stop and take photos. The trail was busy on Mother’s Day so get there early on the weekends. Very little parking too. But well worth the experience. We walked along the water until we got to Koosah Falls. Amazing. We had to turn around there due to needing to get back home. But well worth the drive and time.

hiking
1 month ago

Good easy hike, Wish it was longer. Almost think I missed something it was so short but very beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Aqua Blue! Clear Water Beautiful Falls, Good Hike

hiking
2 months ago

3/29/18 A beautiful day for a hike! Still snow on the trail but doable in trail runners. Beautiful views of crystal clear water and roaring waterfalls. Worth a stop for sure.

3 months ago

Great hike anytime. Both falls are beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Giant waterfalls where you can walk any distance from 0-20 miles. Good to view in the snow even, parking lot has been clear most of the time.

Here is a video of my time here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRt7bThnsRo

hiking
4 months ago

With the dry winter Oregon is having I decided to venture over the pass to do this hike. It was well worth it, despite how short it is. The color of the water is magnificent this time of year and the lack of the crowds made it even better. There was even a light dusting of snow. I would not recommend attempting this hike in the winter without proper safety equipment in your car, the winter is not typical. The trail will always be fine, the roads may vary.

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely worth the hike. The hike is pretty easy and the waterfalls are incredible. Sahalie Falls is one of my all time favorites. The trail is heavily trafficked because of all the people passing by on the highway. Would definitely recommend it to anyone

5 months ago

I really enjoyed the car ride there but I wish the hike was longer. The waterfalls were worth it if your there for an easy hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Family-friendly hike. Very icy at the viewpoint for Sahalie Falls, otherwise slushy/snowy along the trail. Lots of visitors.

hiking
7 months ago

I went on this trail when there was still snow on the ground. It was gorgeous but a little difficult just because of the snow. It would be a super easy hike in the summer months.

7 months ago

Loved this hike! We decided to take it up a notch and hike down into the river and river walked down streams bit. The water is beautiful blue and fast and SUPER cold!!

hiking
7 months ago

I saw a picture that someone had posted on Instagram and knew I had to check this place out. I came out yo Oregon to visit family and my mom, boyfriend, and I stopped by on our way home from Portland. This definitely is a super easy hike but the views, to die for!

7 months ago

One of my favorite trails! Stunning falls, the air smells so sweet here, and we loved just sitting by quieter spots on the river. Really gorgeous the whole way!

8 months ago

9 months ago

Beautiful hike . Water is so Blue. The falls Amazing . Trails are good . Love this hike

walking
9 months ago

Very easy trail. One of the most beautiful I've ever been on.

10 months ago

Super easy hike with wonderful views.

walking
10 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls. Very easy trail. Very nice for an easy walk after a harder hike!

10 months ago

Super easy and very easy to figure out what is what and where to go. Just wish they had given a better marking once you reached the Reservoir to tell you that the trail for sure continues and loops back around. But other than that it was awesome. I am glad we had this app with the map to tell us to keep going.

10 months ago

Powerful falls in beautiful setting

hiking
10 months ago

Loved it, ended up doing two different trails. Easy trails, lots of dogs and families. The waterfalls are breathtaking. Hard not to capture amazing photos of this trail!

hiking
10 months ago

Butterfly migration all over those beautiful falls! Amazing!

11 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful views the whole way. Easy for kids.

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