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Sahalie Falls, Koosah, and Tamolich Falls via McKenzie River Trail [CLOSED]

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Willamette National Forest

Sahalie Falls, Koosah, and Tamolich Falls via McKenzie River Trail [CLOSED] is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blue River, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.5 mi Elevation gain 849 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Forest River Views Waterfall Closed
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.

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Callie Sorensen
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Beautiful falls and trail along the river. It’s a long day so bring enough water and food. Trail was empty until I hit Blue pool then there were a lot of people! So start early

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Lynda Arroyo
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HikingGreat!

I really enjoyed it

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Courtney Holloway
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Very beautiful at each waterfall and especially at Blue Pool. I also personally enjoyed the stretch of forest between them. However, I do wish more was mentioned about the literal rock climbing/bouldering that is required in order to get to Blue Pool and down to it. I went with a few friends and my dog and we ultimately decided not to go all the way down. I would say use caution if you plan to go all the way to Blue Pool if you plan to bring dogs or young children. Obviously it was not impossible as there were several people down at the bottom but I was personally nervous about how safe it would be getting there.

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Jacques Louviere
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Megan Flanagan
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Hiking

Beautiful, but really congested at the falls and the pool. But hey, it’s a Saturday at the end of summer during a pandemic.

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Holly T
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HikingBugs

Super crowded at trailheads but overall a nice hike.

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Kevin Walker
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goes to tamolitch blue pool.

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Ariel Tindolph
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Well maintained trail and mostly soft surface so our legs didn’t get too tired. Mostly in shade. After you leave the river there is no water until you get to the pool so bring water if you have a dog. The scramble to the pool is on your left just past the sign with the heart. This was 10.75 miles for us according to Garmin. Highly recommend this trail. We saw few people away from the falls and pool.

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Navneet Kaur
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Hiking

Overall great hike ! The 10 miles is a tough one but you can definitely push through.

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Florentino Versoza
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Enjoyed this hike a lot. The falls are beautiful. Forest path pat the reservoir. Look for wildflowers and wild rhododendrons. A few mountain bikes but not bad. My Apple tracking never matches but said this was 10.5.

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Sadie Alloway
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amazing hike! the waterfalls are beautiful and blue pool at the end is just as blue as they say! i’ve been dying to get out on this trail for so long and i’m so glad i finally did!

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Sarah Grace
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The trail is packed with local campers, day hikers, and mountain bikers. Camping is right off the trail vs 100 yds away. There isn’t any water at the end of the trail, so make sure you carry enough with you if you plan to spend the night. Gorgeous waterfall views the whole hike!

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Tom K
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Sahalie, Koosah, and the river at the beginning of this trail were awesome. But then the river dries up (is this normal? seems like the river should have been running all the way to blue pool) and the remaining ~3 miles to Tamolich were through a forest which wasn't very scenic and was pretty muggy as it was a hot 80 degree day. The trail is shared with mountain bikers and we got stuck behind a slow group that kept taking breaks. But, the blue pool at the end was pretty incredible so at least there was a good pay-off. So overall, the views at the beginning and end were great, but there wasn't much in between. Still a good workout though. I think it'd be worth it to come back and do the short trail to Tamolich with some swim gear another time. There is access to the pool and we saw a few people swimming. Some bugs in the forest section but not too bad. Plenty of shade throughout the trail. We tracked just under 11 miles for this hike.

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Alexandra Tait
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Hiking

In love with these two hikes! Definitely bring a light sweater as some spots it for a bit chilly with the tree shade! Beautiful spot.

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Sierra Nelson
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful trail with two gorgeous waterfalls to enjoy! The hike was quite muddy at the beginning, but it dries out for the most part after the waterfalls. The hike is peaceful, with people only collecting around the waterfalls and Blue Pool. Highly recommended!

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Sarah Sternquist
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Completed 6/13: great trail! We ended up parking at the Koosah Falls Lot and meeting up with the start of this trail at Sahalie falls. We did not make all the way it to Tamolitch Falls due to time.

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Thom Provo
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Incredible multitude of falls. Water is crystal clear and moving with intensity. Only hiked the falls portion of the trail.

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Susan Essin
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Excellent down and back to blue pool. Not very many people on this route.

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Jessica Overmyer
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Hiking

The trail was super busy on the highway side but not on the opposite. It’s a little slick in spots but a beautiful place to hike :)

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Jessica Huang
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Hiking

Great view, the last two or three miles to blue tool is not along the river so it can get boring. But the first 3miles to Koosah Fall is amazing, water is clear and so blue.

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Jane Fitzgerald
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HikingBlowdownOff trail

Went on May 1st. No one on the trail so it was super quiet except for the sounds of nature everywhere. Trillium just starting to bloom. The river was deep, full and swift tumbling over huge boulders and tree snags. There were 2 spots with huge trees down that had to be either climbed over or gone around. Still some patches of snow on the ground.

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Brad Marecek
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Hiking

Great hike.

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Joe Boston
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HikingOff trailRocky

My favorite trail in Oregon...there's a lot of reasons I always make my way back here. My route was closer to 11 miles. I took the Waterfalls Trail on the way back because it was getting dark and I know that trail much better than its counterpart on the other side of the river. I startled a bear about 20 yards in front of me about 0.3 miles south of Carmen Reservoir. There are lots of berries around this time of year so make noise when you hike!

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Suzie Ruhs
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This was one of our top ten favorite hikes, and we’ve done a lot! We didn’t encounter any bugs and had the trail almost entirely to ourselves after we passed the waterfalls. We did the rock scramble to get down to the pool, which added some distance and some intensity but it was totally worth it to soak our feet in the (freezing) water. The hike through the woods is magical. It’s completely quite and you are surrounded by trees that have to be closing in on hundreds of years old. We came back the Mackenzie trail side which added a more moderate end to a longer hike since it’s all uphill to the top of the falls.

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Lezli Hewitt
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Gorgeous hike. The waterfalls and baby blue rushing water along trail is breathtaking. Never saw one bug. Blue pool is 100x more beautiful than any picture. On the return we cut over bridge by reservoir and walked on opposite side of river going back. Shorter and new views.

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Julianne Tunnelle
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HikingBugs

This was a great trail, but screw those mosquitoes. Don't forget your Deet or Off spray. There's a gorgeous part with still water, but there's just masses of mosquitoes ready to suck all your blood out. I wore my Merrell hiking boots the entire hike and they were perfect. Pack enough water. I didn't realize I'd be that parched and very much regretted it the last 3 miles. The water is this insane Gatorade frost blue, so bring your camera if you're into photography. I went on a hot day so taking a dip was amazing, but the water is pretty cold. But for real, bring your bug spray.

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