Koosah and Sahalie Falls Trail

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Willamette National Forest

Koosah and Sahalie Falls Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cascadia, Oregon that features a lake 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

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

hiking
14 hours ago

Good trail, unfortunately though the bathrooms are absolutely disgusting due to the covid shutdowns - I’m talking poop on the walls disgusting. Also, the loop was closed part way through which wasn’t posted at the beginning of the trail which meant we walked about a mile only to come to the trail roped off and construction crews telling us to turn around. Had to take an alternate route (thanks to a camp host at neighboring campground) to find the way back to the car. Other than those things mentioned it was a good hike with pretty views

Great easy trail with beautiful views!

Amazing hike from clear lake trail to waterfall trail which encompassed Sahalie falls, Koosah falls and the Mckenzie River reservoir. After the reservoir you connect to the Mckenzie trail which hikes the other side of the river that has even better views. At the end you connect back to the clear lake trail and head back to car. Lush green forest, lake and blue river.

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing little trail. The whole loop takes you through a bunch of falls easy but ends up being 3-4 miles I think. Very enjoyable.

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muddy
8 days ago

Super muddy but beautiful hike! Went when it was rainy and still pretty busy.

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muddy
11 days ago

Wonderful views and easy trail, not too many people today so it was easy to keep a distance from others.

Heavily trafficked for obvious reason. Absolutely stunning trail! So many incredible photo spots.

hiking
14 days ago

Would give 5 stars if it wasn't so busy. This one should probably stay closed during covid-19 times - it is easy, and pretty, therefore attracting hundreds of people. People smoking cigarettes, families and groups of 10+, etc. Had to give up stepping off the trail to give people space, since people don't wear masks hiking (don't blame them), since no one else was returning the favor and got tired of standing there while 15 people took their time going by. But the falls are very pretty.

14 days ago

Forest bathing at its best. Arrived at 1030am and had trail to ourselves. Got busier as we left around 11:45am. Beautiful moss covered old growth forest with stunning views. I know it's a gorgeous trail when I want to stop and take a picture every 10ft! Easy for kids and all in all restorative.

hiking
15 days ago

Such a wonderful hike! Trailhead wasn’t too busy early a.m. on a Monday. Bathrooms are obviously closed. I walked up the trail to the right to start (counter-clockwise loop) and I think that was a great choice. The portion on the east side of the river is developed (stairs and viewpoints and some handicap accessible sections). Walking through the mossy old growth forest along the river is such a delight. There are many opportunities to see the waterfalls, especially if you pull off the path every so often. Possibly one of my favorite hikes ever. The rewards are near constant and so large for such an easy hike. Saw a little bit of tp here and there on the trail, make sure to pack it out folks and leave no trace!

muddy
15 days ago

I made this a longer hike by doing the waterfall loop and Clear Lake. There is a 0.6 miles connection. I did both counter clockwise. Most people seem to do it clockwise. To do the longer hike, you do have to cross the road. A book I go off of shows it is 8.6 miles, my Garmin GPS showed 10 miles, and the sign at the trailhead showed just over 7.5 miles. It is an easy trail. There are a number of downed trees to go over and under. My medium size dog did it with me and had no problems getting over the trees or over the foot bridges. For a Friday and beautiful weather, it wasn't as busy as I thought at first, but then as the day went on I saw a lot of people, especially by the falls. There were a few muddy spots but I was able to walk around or jump over them. There are great views of the lake. I could hear the road the whole way around the lake. Bathrooms are closed.

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome hike! I looked up pictures before we went out, but they didn’t do it justice. The loop is an easy hike around with views of several different falls. Water is so blue! The trail was clear and easily followed. Wasn’t too muddy when we went out. Definitely recommend!

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bugs
muddy
rocky
21 days ago

Very short and easy trail. There are so many beautiful viewpoints during the hike. Lots of cute steps made by wood and railings.

1 month ago

Beautiful in every way. Can get busy so go early if you can.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s open, as far as i know. Walked the whole trail and there were others hiking too. Of course staying 6ft away from each other. There was little to no snow left only in the shaded areas, you can easily hike the whole trail. Beautiful! The bathrooms have not been serviced and i advise not to use them.

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icy
1 month ago

trees down all over could not get more than 5 min in.... beautiful falls though.

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icy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is my all time favorite waterfall trail I've been on yet. I can't wait to go back and take my little boy, he will love it. It's pretty easy and should be great for all skill levels. Water is so beautiful and deep blue/green at the right time of day!

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous hike. There are two waterfalls and another one that looks like a mini one. I highly recommend. I went around Christmas 2020. Uploaded photos.

hiking
6 months ago

This Fabulous short loop trail packs in so much beautiful! I highly recommend! Oh and there are Bathrooms at the Trailhead!!

hiking
6 months ago

Perfect

In addition to the amazing waterfalls and river, today added beautiful fall color as well. If you get a chance to do this soon you’ll enjoy it so much!

hiking
7 months ago

Wow! So many rainbows! Short, easyish trail with two amazing waterfalls. So glad we did this one! A few muddy/slick areas, so do wear your hiking boots. :)

Breathtaking views near the Sahalie and Koosah falls. I recommend hiking out on the far side of the falls and saving the trail closest to the byway/parking lot for your return. Be aware that mountain bikers frequent this trail as well.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail makes me rethink all the five stars I have given other trails. It is gorgeous, travelling through woods, ferns, moss, river, waterfalls all on a well-maintained trail. Think of the loop as a capital D, with the McKenzie River Recreation Trail as the straight part of the "D" and the loop-making portion as the curved part, crossing the McKenzie River. The McKenzie River Trail runs for many miles along the west side of the river. The waterfall trail loop allows people to park in the Sahalie or Koosah parking lot (east of the McKenzie River) and pick up the trail at one of those points. Two bridges cross the McKenzie River to make the loop. One bridge is a little north of Sahalie Falls and the other bridge is a little south of Koosah Falls. There were quite a few people on a Thursday, especially on the portion of the trail on the same side as the Sahalie and Koosah parking lots. The McKenzie River Trail portion had fewer people, but also had bicyclists so you have to watch out for that. Would do this one again any day of the week!

Nice and easy loop trail...about 3.2 miles. Expected more crowds, but hardly a soul on the trail after 1pm

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