Koosah Falls

Willamette National Forest / Sisters / McKenzie River / Linn County, Oregon, USA

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1
Koosah Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Koosah Falls was a block waterfall just downstream from Sahalie Falls and upstream from Tamolitch Falls (though we didn't get to visit the latter). All of these falls were on the McKenzie River in the Willamette National Forest.

Like Sahalie Falls, this was a pretty easy-to-visit drive-to waterfall. Though we didn't do the one-mile trail that connected this falls with Sahalie Falls, we knew it would've been a pretty naturesque walk along the river as we didn't see very many people do that trail given how easy it was to visit either waterfall by car.

An interpretive sign claimed that this waterfall was 90ft tall, which we also thought this might have been a generous figure (like with Sahalie Falls). And even though signs suggested this falls had a block shape, it became more segmented during our visit as late August was well past the peak flow of early Summer for the McKenzie River.

We did go down an easy trail that took us to a benched overlook where we saw Koosah Falls between some trees though it was never a totally open view as trees on either side of its opening would block parts of the falls. That trail, by the way, also led to the top of the falls though the view from up here wasn't very satisfying.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

All zoomed in on Koosah FallsAll zoomed in on Koosah Falls
Going west on the Hwy 126 from McKenzie River (near Koosah Falls) past Eugene all the way to the Oregon Coast had put us near the Sea Lion Cave, which was well worth the detourGoing west on the Hwy 126 from McKenzie River (near Koosah Falls) past Eugene all the way to the Oregon Coast had put us near the Sea Lion Cave, which was well worth the detour
South of Willamette National Forest (which itself was west of Bend), it was a similarly lengthy drive to the mysterious yet beautiful Crater Lake National ParkSouth of Willamette National Forest (which itself was west of Bend), it was a similarly lengthy drive to the mysterious yet beautiful Crater Lake National Park
Context of Julie checking out Koosah FallsContext of Julie checking out the falls

Closer look at Koosah FallsCloser look at the falls

Looking downstream from the fallsLooking downstream from the falls

The brink of Koosah FallsThe brink of the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Direct view of the falls from the lookout in late Summer


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We drove to this waterfall by taking the Hwy 126 east from Eugene. After about 54 miles, we reached the town of McKenzie Bridge, where we continued driving along Hwy 126. About 20 miles east and north of the town of McKenzie River (or roughly 70 miles east of Eugene), we saw the signposted falls turnoff on the left side of the highway a short distance south of the Sahalie Falls turnoff (6 miles south of US20 and about 5 miles north of Belknap Springs).

For context, the city of Eugene was 111 miles (under 2 hours drive) south of Portland or 168 miles (2.5 hours drive) north of Medford.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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