McKenzie River Trail / Waterfalls Trail / Waterfalls Loop

Sisters, Oregon

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This 3.0-mile loop visits the most scenic portion of the beautiful McKenzie River, through dense forest and past two of its most impressive highlights, the 70-foot Koosah Falls and the 100-foot Sahalie Falls. Beyond the falls area, the Waterfalls Trail ends at the junction with the 26-mile McKenzie River Trail. The route then crosses the river via a footbridge, and forms a loop by returning to the starting point via the other side of the river on a rougher path that offers a much different perspective on the two falls. The Waterfalls Trail and the McKenzie River Trail segment, taken together, constitute the “Waterfalls Loop.”
Best Easy Day Hikes: Eugene, Oregon

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Eugene, Oregon

by Art Bernstein, Lynn Bernstein (Falcon Guides)

This 3.0-mile loop visits the most scenic portion of the beautiful McKenzie River, through dense forest and past two of its most impressive highlights, the 70-foot Koosah Falls and the 100-foot Sahalie Falls. Beyond the falls area, the Waterfalls Trail ends at the junction with the 26-mile McKenzie River Trail.

The route then crosses the river via a footbridge, and forms a loop by returning to the starting point via the other side of the river on a rougher path that offers a much different perspective on the two falls. The Waterfalls Trail and the McKenzie River Trail segment, taken together, constitute the “Waterfalls Loop.”

© 2011 Art Bernstein, Lynn Bernstein/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Sisters
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Summer and fall. The trail may be wet or snowed over in winter and spring.
Local Contacts: Willamette National Forest
Local Maps: Willamette National Forest; USGS–Tamolitch Falls
Driving Directions: Directions to McKenzie River Trail / Waterfalls Trail / Waterfalls Loop

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May 2018