This hike is quick, easy, and accessible. You'll get some of the most beautiful and diverse views of the McKenzie River. There are tons of unexpected gems packed into this 2.6 mile loop!

This loop might be on the shorter side, but the hike is more than worth it for the scenery. Start at Sahalie Falls, a 100-foot tall waterfall pouring into the river below and covering the moss-covered valley with cool mist. Continue down the trail, walking past the 70-foot Koosah Falls, and finish the first half of the loop at Carmen Reservoir. As you turn back along the other side of the river, take in the views of the surrounding old growth forest. You'll cross over a tree bridge to finish your trek across the river and back to the trailhead.

Note: you'll come across a fair number of pathways leading off of the marked trail. Take them! You'll find some amazing, little-known lookout points.

Pack List

The Essentials

  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Small day pack
  • Water
  • Snacks/Trailmix
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RT Distance 2.6 Miles
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Beautiful Scenic Hike

This is a beautiful and scenic hike. It’s as breathtaking in the winter as it is during the summer. It’s a very short walk to the main falls, where you can take photo after photo, and than just a 30 minute stroll down to the lower falls. This hike is a must every year and totally worth the drive!!

Refreshing

You can get very close to the base on both waterfalls and they are booming right now. Absolutely breath taking pleasant hike, easy for all ages

Extremely Refreshing

This is a walk for all ages with beautiful photo opportunities; two falls, forest, blue waters, misty sun streaked scenery! Truly a mental and physical retreat!


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