Summary: Waterfalls Loop Trail is a trail surrounding Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls. These are a must see for anyone who loves waterfalls. The falls are easily accessible from the parking lot. From the parking lot you can travel south on the trail to the Koosah Falls or you can travel north on the trail to the wooded bridge. There you can cross over and walk on the west side of the falls along the McKenzie Trail which starts farther north by Clear Lake. There are various points along the trail where you can walk down to the water, and see other smaller waterfalls. If you are really adventurous, you can follow the McKenzie Trail to another set of falls called Tamolitch Falls. In the parking area there is a nice display setup showing the geological history of the area.
The route I chose was south to Koosah Falls, then back north past Sahalie Falls, across the footbridge, the back south all the way to Koosah Falls again.
Trailhead: Waterfalls Loop Trail is located in Willamette National Forest. The parking area is right off Highway 126 about 5 miles from the Hwy 20 -126 junction. Or from McKenzie Ranger River Station, take Highway 126 east 15-1/2 miles to Carmen Diversion Reservoir. (Lat:44.34815 Lon:-121.99597)
Trail Guides for Waterfalls Loop Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: McKenzie River Ranger Station - 541-822-3381
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Shawn Griebel, who has posted 2 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by MH on 4/5/2009
It was SO cool! I loved the waterfalls. I would definitly go back. the best time 2 go is when it is around 70 outside.
Reviewed by rb on 2/19/2006
this is a wonderful and easy hike providing 2 beautiful waterfalls. the color of the water is an unreal blue. highly recommended.
Reviewed by Shaun on 7/21/2005
Picture perfect falls with well maintained trails with solid handrails in most areas. The water looks enchanted with it's aqua blue pools and added esence with the power of the falls. Beautiful, clean surroundings that provide for a wonderful experience. We took grandbaby in a stroller and weren't prepared for all the steps, a carrier is better suited to these trails.
Reviewed by Stephanie on 8/4/2004
Amazing views at every turn! While beautiful any time of year, the spring has a certain undeniable intensity due to the high volume of water surging down the river...and the trail at times!! Be prepared for muddy shoes...
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