Sahalie and Koosah Falls


People standing on overlook with Sahalie Falls in background

Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls are located along the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass and West Cascades National Scenic Byways off Highway 126.

These falls mark the terminus of two thick flows of basaltic andesite lava that dammed Clear Lake and moved into the McKenzie River 3,000 years ago.

The results are two breathtaking waterfalls with foaming white water cascades in between.

Sahalie (or "Heaven") and Koosah (or "Sky") are Chinook Jargon words - part of a rudimentary trade language that allowed people to exchange news and goods in the area. The Kalapuya, Molalla, Sahaptain and Chinook peoples traveled and traded here, perhaps on their way to obtain obsidian in the high Cascades or to gather huckleberries.

The Waterfalls Loop Trail, part of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, connects the 2 waterfalls and offers up close views of the wild McKenzie River.

Both sites feature parking area, interpretive panels that tell the story of area geology, restrooms and observation points.

Sahalie Falls Viewpoint is fully accessible.

Take a look around with our 360 degree panorama of Koosah Falls

At a Glance

Fees No Fee
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: McKenzie Bridge
Water: No Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (Sahalie Falls only)
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District

General Information


McKenzie Bridge, OR,  travel east on Highway 126 to Carmen Reservoir. Just north of the turnoff to Carmen Reservoir, turn left at the Ice Cap Campground/Koosah Falls sign to access Koosah Falls.

To access Sahalie Falls, proceed another 1/2 mile north of the Koosah Falls turnoff on Highway 126. The parking area is loacted on the left.

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