Along Hwy 126 we found two amazing waterfalls: Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls. One of our favorite places to visit in Oregon, we enjoyed the small trail from Sahalie to Koosah.
Each site includes parking, geological story boards, restrooms and observation points. The point at Sahalie is better for photography than Koosah, although I find Koosah to be a prettier fall. Sahalie is just expressive and loud!
The path between the two falls is a rather easy trek along a small path alongside the wild McKenzie river. There are a few places where roots are, so it’s not as easy for those who need ADA trails. It’s well maintained with steps. There are several points to get right next to the river and feel the power of the water flow. This is not a mild river!
The water was BLUE. Very blue this day. I couldn’t capture the color, but I haven’t seen this blue since I was in Hawaii!
The river makes a fabulous backdrop for shooing photos of the plentiful flora along the trail. Just another reason why I love Oregon so much!
Koosah falls is beautiful. The falls drops over 70 feet and smooths out into a less violent McKeznie river.
The 2.6 mile loop hike is definitely worth stopping. We always start at Sahalie and hike down to Koosah. Others start at Koosah and hike up to Sahalie. Either way rewards you with a majestic waterfall as a reward!
Visiting Sahalie and Koosah Falls
Where: Central Oregon, 19 miles east of the McKenzie bridge on Hwy 126 or 5.2 miles south of the Hwy 20 junction), near milepost 5
Amenities: parking, restroom, geological storyboards, paved viewpoints
Hike: 2.6 mile loop trail between falls through a forested area along the McKenzie river, 400 foot elevation; easy hike, some slightly steep up-down hill, some parts are narrow, some steps. Not flat for those with walking limitations
Open: May through November
Offical Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recreation/recarea/?recid=4404