Koosah and Sahalie Falls Trail

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Koosah and Sahalie Falls Trail is a 2.3 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
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
439 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

2 days ago

3 days ago

Super easy hike with wonderful views.

walking
3 days ago

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

9 days 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.

16 days ago

Powerful falls in beautiful setting

hiking
21 days 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
21 days ago

Butterfly migration all over those beautiful falls! Amazing!

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1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Oh my gosh! We had the best time! Went for a hike with our two teenagers and it was the perfect blend of nature and adventure. We will definitely be back.

hiking
1 month ago

The Falls are gorgeous and the water is crystal blue. I fell in love with the views. It is a very short hike unless you hike up and around to the other side of the river. The Falls are only a five mile hike from Blue Pool so you can do two spots at once if you're up for a ten mile hike out and back!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The version of the trail I took (out-and-back) stays entirely on the Western side of the McKenzie river. I had already hiked that section solo as part of the McKenzie trail (from Trailbridge to Clear Lake and back) and wanted to share it with my wife who, due to knee issues, cannot do long distances.

While still relatively busy, this trail sees far less traffic than the Eastern section, right off the McKenzie highway. There is ample parking (plus one restroom structure) at the Carmen reservoir trailhead (short connector to the MckKenziee trails) and the complete out-and-back stands a bit under two miles.

The views of the falls are somewhat more obstructed than those from across the river but, for me, the relative 'privacy' of the experience more than makes up for it. The views of the river itself are, in my opinion, better and more intimate. Nevertheless, doing the complete loop as described on the Alltrails page, is certainly a very viable option.

There is a use trail a few hundred feet before Sahalie falls (coming from the Carmen reservoir) that gets you down to the river and just about at the foot of the falls. It is however a bit treacherous (slick, rocky, washed out...) and much caution is definitely required.

The main (McKenzie) trail is well maintained but inherently more 'technical' than the average forest trail as it winds its way through the lava flows; good shoes and attention to where you place your feet does help. There is a bit of elevation gain from the Carmen reservoir but the "climb" falls quite short of being strenuous. Finally, this is a mixed-use trails and a favorite of mountain bikers; you'll want to be on the lookout for fast moving Southbound 'objects'.

hiking
1 month ago