Sahalie and Koosah Falls

During a recent drive along the McKenzie River Highway, we stopped at both Sahalie and Koosah Falls to stretch our legs and take photographs. Of the two falls, Sahalie Falls is the most popular stopping point for travelers. This 73 foot tall waterfall is near the head of the McKenzie River (which originates at Clear Lake just a couple miles upstream), and you can hear the thundering water as you get out of your car in the nearby parking lot.

Positioned along the McKenzie Highway, Sahalie Falls are a popular stopping stop for travelers.

Positioned along the McKenzie Highway, Sahalie Falls are a popular stopping stop for travelers.

Koosah Falls, just half a mile downstream from Sahalie Falls, receives fewer visitors and has a significantly smaller parking lot. Koosah plunges 64 feet into a large pool. Water levels were low when we visited; during higher volume times the water will spread along the whole ledge. Both waterfalls are along the McKenzie River Trail (a 26 mile hiking and biking trail) and a short trail connects the two.

Koosah Falls receives fewer visitors than the near-by Sahalie Falls.

Koosah Falls receives fewer visitors than the near-by Sahalie Falls.

The waterfalls are 90 miles northeast of Cottage Grove on Highway 126 (the McKenzie River Highway).

Ellen Tykeson: Artist
Stand By Me: Brownsville

Comments

  1. Colette, This is a favorite stop of mine. I enjoy the hike between the two waterfalls and camping at Ice Cap Campground with the sound of Koosah Falls to lull me to sleep.

    • Hi Rick — We drove through Ice Cap Campground. Looks like a nice spot! And falling to sleep with the sound of Koosah Falls in the background sounds awesome. This trip we were driving with someone who couldn’t do the walk between the waterfalls. I’ve done it in the past and enjoyed it.

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