Koosah Waterfall on the McKenzie River

Hiking on the Waterfalls Loop Trail on the wild and scenic McKenzie River
on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway.

This hiking trail on the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail brings one in contact with waterfalls at the
headwaters of the McKenzie River. Stopping at Koosah Waterfalls first. Just head east along the McKenzie and you’ll see
several little falls made all the more magnificent because of the color. In time you’ll come to Sahalie Waterfalls.

This hike is only about 0.5 a mile one way. The trail is not smooth, it’s marked by roots, but it’s not difficult. It’s beautiful.

Forward ~ Hiking downstream on the McKenzie River
to the bridge at Carmen Reservoir.

Back ~ An Unnamed Waterfall on heading down the mountain from the McKenzie Pass – Santiam Pass Oregon Scenic Byway.

USFS: Willamette National Forest.

Brad and I invite you to explore the West Cascades National Scenic Byway: Travel Directions, Map: page 1 and page 2, and Scenery: offering mountains, hardened lava flows, wild and scenic rivers, waterfalls, hiking trails, hot springs, old growth forests, mountain lakes, forest service campgrounds.

The McKenzie River National Recreation Trail is 28 miles long. If time is a concern, try the Waterfalls Loop Trail or the Clear Lake Loop Trail: Hiking Directions.

Discover the splendor of the McKenzie Pass – Santiam Pass Oregon Scenic Byway, Hwy 242: Directions to hiking trails. The Scenic Byway can be accessed either in Sisters, Oregon or from Hwy 126, the McKenzie Pass. Find the turnoff two miles east of the Ranger Station for the Willamette National Forest. Sites to see.

If you’re heading east on the McKenzie Pass, Hwy 126, of the West Cascades National Scenic Byway, you may want to make a loop from the McKenzie Pass, Hwy 126, and connect with the Over the River and through the Woods Scenic Byway, Hwy 20. The sign for Hwy 20 is clearly marked from Hwy 126. If you see the sign for Belknap Hot Springs, you’ve gone too far. Take the cutoff for Hwy 20, the Over the River and through the Woods Scenic Byway and find the graceful South Santiam River, lovely campgrounds and Hiking Trails to wildflowers, amongst old growth forests, in both the old and high Cascades of the Willamette National Forest: Directions to and Descriptions of Trails and Campgrounds.

You may want to extend the West Cascades National Scenic Byway Tour to include the Willamette Pass in the Cascade Mountains: Travel Directions, Map and Scenery and the Crescent Lake, Oakridge “Inback” Tour: Travel Directions and Map.

The West Cascades National Scenic Byway provides easy access to the Three Sisters Wilderness, the Mt Jefferson Wilderness and the Mt Washington Wilderness, all located in the Willamette National Forest.

Travel Oregon and northern California while staying at Gathering Light … a retreat
located in southern Oregon near Crater Lake National Park.

Travel to Gathering Light …. a retreat on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway: Directions, Map and Scenery: hiking trails, waterfalls, wild and scenic rivers, mountains, volcanoes, hot springs, Oregon scenic byways, wilderness areas and more. Or, perhaps and, the Willamette Pass: Directions, Map and Scenery.

Travel Directions to & Day Trips of about 100 miles from the retreat.

Little known Scenic Places to explore and photograph nature untrammeled: hiking with and without trails, wetlands, wildlife refuges, mountains, river gorges, wilderness areas, wildlife viewing and more near Crater Lake and the retreat: Travel Directions Map and Scenery.