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Sahalie and Koosah Falls

Williamette National Forest, Oregon

July 20th, 2016

1.2 miles
160 vertical feet
Total Time: 0:48

Starting elevation
2943 feet
Max elevation
2943 feet

Rating: 8/10

Directions: From Sisters, drive north on Highway 20. Turn left onto Highway 126. Look for Sahalie Falls on the right. If you miss it, you can look for Koosah Falls just a half mile beyond it. You can start the hike at either end.   View Driving Map



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You can simply park your car and walk to the overlook for Sahalie Falls, and then get back in your car and drive to the overlook for Koosah Falls a half mile down the road. But what would be the fun of that? There's a perfectly good trail between the two falls, and you should walk it (that's what we did). If you have more time, you can make a loop of it (about 2.5 miles), as you can cross the river and walk on the other side. We opted for the shorter trail, though.

We walked down to the overlook of Sahalie Falls, gushing about 100 feet down. Someone was slacklining over the falls while we were there. After stopping briefly, we continued downhill through the forest along the McKenzie River. The water flows impressively downstream in a series of small cascades.

Sahalie Falls

McKenzie River

It's only about 160 feet of descent and about a half mile down to the overlook for Koosah Falls. Unfortunately much of the view is blocked by trees. You'd have to venture further along the trail to get a better view. We just turned around here and returned the way we came. The trail does pass near the top of Koosah Falls, and you can hear the power of the falls.

Koosah Falls

McKenzie River

McKenzie River

As we approached the Koosah Falls area, we ran into the same two women we'd seen above the Tamolitch Pool who had shown us pictures of Opal Creek. They had started their hike at Koosah Falls and hiked south to Tamolitch Pool and were now returning, while we had started to the south and hiked north to the pool. So another good option for a longer hike might be to start at Sahalie Falls, hike south all the way to the Tamolitch Pool, and back. If you can swing it, a shuttle hike is probably even better, starting at Sahalie Falls and hiking all the way to the Tamolitch Pool trailhead.

McKenzie River

McKenzie River cascade

McKenzie River cascade

Sahalie Falls

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