Hiking is one of Oregonians many pleasure pastimes. It seems that we can never get enough hiking in before the winter weather comes in to shower us with all the fabulous rain that we get from October to June.
But if you’re lucky enough to have the shoes and the time to get out on one of the trails this is a great one to make sure you don’t miss. It is off of Highway 126 along the McKenzie river in the Willamette National Forest. It is Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls which are actually part of the Oregon Cascades. From the Eugene area you take Highway 126 all the way out along the McKenzie you can turn left at Ice Cap Campground and there’s a small parking area that you can park in, there’s also a parking area and entrance that is marked before you get to the campground.
Both of the waterfalls are part of the McKenzie River watershed. The hike is about 2.6 miles and so it would be a little over five miles if you go all the way to Koosah Falls and back. Sahalie Falls is the first one that you will see and then Koosah Falls. If you want you can take the lower Trail and go all the way out to Blue Pool which is a gorgeous little watering hole that is amazing to see; you do not want to miss it. Check out this video to see how gorgeous it really is.
Get out and enjoy the weather. It was warm when we were there but the trees give a lot of shade and the water keeps the air cool. The Travel Oregon website has a lot of information on the many water falls that we have in our beautiful state.