The Wild & Scenic McKenzie River

Hiking upstream on the Waterfalls Loop Trail on the wild and scenic McKenzie River.

If you park at Koosah Waterfall and hike downstream until you cross the bridge at Carmen Reservoir and then hike
upstream, you will see many wondrous sights as they occur instead of having to turn around and view them as you walk
downstream. This is my preferred route when hiking the Waterfalls Loop Trail on the wild and scenic McKenzie River.

Forward ~ Hiking the Waterfalls Loop Trail
on the wild and scenic McKenzie River.

Back ~ A brief excursion from the trail at Carmen
Reservoir to walk along the river.

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.

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.

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.

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: Directions Map and Scenery.