Sahalie & Koosah

(nr Clear Lake OR)
The McKenzie River flows from out of Clear Lake, and shortly produces two magnificent waterfalls, Sahalie and Koosah. And, they are within a mile of each other; two in one stop is hard to beat.

Roaring waterfall in forest

Sahalie Falls

Sahalie Falls tumbles 100ft creating a tumult at the base and a lot of spray; you will likely get wet if you stand still for long. It is terrific! And then, the McKenzie goes roaring down stream in multiple cascades.

Rushing river in green forest

McKenzie River Rapids

A trail through the forest, that parallels the river, took me between the two falls. Following the raging river along the way, there was another unnamed small fall before reaching the second large waterfall.

Little waterfall on fast river

Unnamed short falls on McKenzie River

Koosah Falls has a 64ft drop, but is no less impressive. It has a second lower viewing area which provides for a good shot; which is why it seems taller in the photos. With Sahalie, you can’t clearly see the bottom due to the clouds of spray at the base.

Tall waterfall with pine trees

Koosah Falls

I dry camped at Ice Cap CG, which is adjacent to the parking area for Koosah Falls. The sounds of the river lulled me to sleep. It was rainy one of the two days there. Then, I moved down river and found a boondocking spot in the forest for a few more days.

Camp: Willamette NF – Ice Cap CG
Scene: Waterfalls, river, mountains, pines

4 Responses to Sahalie & Koosah

  1. Gypsy July 10, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    Great post and pictures. You’ve convinced me I want to spend a few days camping in this forest. Maybe I can get there before the summer is over.

    • Pleinguy July 12, 2014 at 12:34 am #

      It’s a really pretty area, and I’m sure you would enjoy it.

  2. J. RICHARD SECOR July 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Nice post – great photos – perhaps some paintings will result???

    • Pleinguy July 12, 2014 at 12:36 am #

      Thanks for the kind words. Paintings? We can only hope; I’m still practicing with those acrylics.

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