We’re huge fans of Oregon. Every time we return, there’s a new waterfall for us to explore – 238 to be exact! Berty and I are nowhere close to seeing them all, but we like to try and discover a few new ones during our visits. On our latest trip to Eugene, we decided to take the long way home and explore some Cascade Mountain waterfalls in Oregon. On our agenda this time around was Sahalie and Koosah Falls, which are located right off of Highway 126. This area is a perfect spot for a break or picnic! Read on to see what it’s like and why it’s worth a stop on your trip to the Mackenzie River.
Exploring Waterfalls in Oregon:
Sahalie and Koosah Falls
Both waterfalls are part of the Willamette National Forest. There is a 2.6 mile loop trail that connects the two falls and they are very easy to reach! We were really happy to get out of the car and stretch our legs for a bit – this waterfall stop is perfect for doing just that! This place can be a destination in itself or simply a stop along the way – the Mackenzie River area is full of beautiful locations and places to explore.
The first falls is Sahalie Falls. You can hear this one roar from the parking lot! Not even 100 steps away, it’s a powerful force with the most beautiful blue water. It drops 100 feet into the river below. We came on an incredibly foggy/rainy day, but that’s the kind of mood we expect in the Pacific Northwest. 🙂
We’re been really stoked about our new Stutterheim jackets too. Berty has a light blue one (seen here) and I have a “light sand” color in the Moosebacke style. These jackets are seriously legit. Berty practically stood under Sahalie Falls and he came back with a dramatic contrast – everything under the jacket was nice and dry but his pants were soaking wet! We couldn’t think of a better jacket for surviving the Pacific Northwest weather.
Take a connecting trail from Sahalie and you will arrive in Koosah Falls in about 15 minutes! The path is an easy trail alongside the river, with pockets of river viewpoints along the way. The first view of Koosah Falls is not the actual falls, but the view from the very top.
Berty and I stood and watched the river flow for quite some time. It was the most magnificent blue – just like its sister falls, Sahalie. Koosah Falls is a 70-foot waterfall and flows down into a deep pool below. I’m no geology expert (Susie? Help us out?) but I’m sure that’s where the blue comes from – the deep water!
We also took a little time here to stop and be thankful for our little corner of the world. The Pacific Northwest has such a unique combination of mountains, rivers, oceans, and forests! We feel very lucky to be so close to so many amazing places.
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Reaching the end of the loop for the return trip, there’s an overlook which gives you a direct view of Koosah Falls.
This was a short but sweet trip! Some other places we’d like to explore in the area are Tamolitch Falls, Cougar Hot Springs, and Bigelow Hot Springs! We were tight on time this go around and needed to make it home before dark. However, we figured it just gives us an opportunity to come back again soon!
What are some of your favorite waterfalls in Oregon? Have you ever explored Koosah and Sahalie Falls? Let us know in the comments below!
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