Waterfalls Loop Trail #3503

Area Status: Open

Beginning at its northern junction with the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail #3507,  Water Falls Loop Trail travels the east side of the McKenzie River bearing south. The trail passes through an old growth conifer forest as it reaches the Sahalie Falls viewpoint, then continues south to the Koosah Falls viewpoint before reaching its southern end where it rejoins the McKenzie River Trail.  

You can make a loop by connecting with the McKenzie River Trail. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Parking lot is not maintained for snow and ice in the winter. Be aware of slippery conditions. Please do not park on the side of the highway.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Motorized Vehicles and Stock Prohibited
Closest Towns: McKenzie Bridge, OR
Water: Potable water available at Ice Cap Campground.
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

General Information


FROM HWY 126 (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 start at Sahalie Falls, proceed another 1/2 mile north of the Koosah Falls turnoff on Highway 126. The parking area is located on the left.

General Notes:

Map of Water Falls Loop trailBicyclists must dismount and walk bicycles on the east side of the loop between Koosah and Sahalie Falls Viewpoints.


  • Parking: There is no official winter access point as Forest Service roads and parking areas are not maintained for snow and ice. There is typically a small pullout plowed at Sahalie Falls Viewpoint, but depending on the weather and road conditions, roadside parking can be very dangerous. If you park alongside the highway, please use caution and make sure your vehicle is pulled off as far as possible. If the roadside parking area has not been plowed out, do not park in the highway. This is very dangerous for you, your vehicle and other drivers.
  • Hiking: The trail is not marked. Route-finding can be difficult when the trail is snow covered. Snowshoes or skis are recommended.

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Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Viewing Scenery

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  Area/Length : 
1.2 miles; 3 mile loop

  Elevation : 
2800 feet