Hike to Sahalie and Koosah Falls

Oregon Sahalie and Koosah Falls Trailhead

Added by Eric Johnson

  • 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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Spring, Summer, Autumn

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2.6 Miles




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about 2 months ago

Stunning blue river surrounded by lush green forest.

This hike is vibrant with color. This hike is absolutely scenic. The loop takes you past two major falls, but several smaller cascades and the pools are a beautiful blue color. The area was quite crowded, but it is a place worth visiting.

about 2 months ago

2 months ago

Beautiful falls!

While the falls themselves are beautiful, some of my favorite parts of this experience were views of the rushing blue waters along the trail. There were several points along the trail where you could wander off to get a better glimpse. I will note, however, that at Sahalie Falls there is a sign prohibiting visitors from venturing down to the base of the falls, but several people ignored this sign to get a better picture. Don't be like them - read and obey any posted signs!

2 months ago

3 months ago

please be respectful to the trails

This is a beautiful hike with access to amazing waterfalls and pools. As it is so popular, I was only disappointed at seeing litter and many people disregarding the closed areas to walk off trails to get closer to the falls, including a group of young adults who tracked down a slope despite the posted signs to restrict access. This during a time when many rangers were distracted by dealing with the recent forest fires. So very sad when parks like these are created for all of us to enjoy with the trust we will take good care of it when we visit.

3 months ago

8 months ago

Easy Hike, Epic Falls

The Mckenzie is as blue as any River I've seen and the green of the surrounding trees & moss is quite remarkable. The trail may be short but the falls are epic and make for a great pit stop when traveling the McKenzie Highway.

8 months ago

about 1 year ago

Great Little HIke

This is a great short hike past 2 waterfalls. If the Sahalie Falls Parking lot is full, you can drive down to the Koosah Falls Trailhead. Watch out for mountain bikers on the McKenzie River trail, as it's a very popular spot.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

So fun and so gorgeous!!

over 1 year ago

Added by Eric Johnson

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