Visiting Sahalie Falls in Oregon | OK Which Way


Visiting Sahalie Falls in Oregon


Sahalie Falls is located in the Cascade Mountains along the McKenzie River, about 35 miles west of Sisters. The drive through the forest is amazing with views of lava beds, Mount Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, and Mount Washington. The parking area is just off Highway 126, a section along both the McKenzie Pass – Santiam Pass and West Cascades Scenic Byways.

If you are in the area, Sahalie Falls is definitely worth a visit. The adventure can be as big or little as time allows. The viewpoint is just a short distance from the parking lot on a fully accessible paved path.

The first time I visited, I didn’t have much time to explore. But, the trail does connect to the 26 mile McKenzie River Trail, which begins just north of Clear Lake. It then follows the McKenzie River, passing Sahalie Falls, Koosah Falls, Blue Pool, Belknap Springs, and ending almost at the McKenzie Bridge.


Sahalie Falls | Willamette National Forest Sign | OK Which Way

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Know Before You Go

Parking: The parking lot is easy to find right off Highway 126. If the lot is full, try driving a mile south to the Koosah Falls parking area.
Fees: No fees or permits required
Elevation: 2854 feet
Winter: The parking lot may not be accessible in winter
Hiking Maps: Koosah and Sahalie Falls Waterfall Loop Trail, McKenzie River Trail


Path to the Viewpoint

Path to the viewpoint at Sahalie Falls | OK Which Way


Sahalie Falls as seen from the the Viewpoint

Sahalie Falls from the viewpoint in central Oregon | OK Which Way


Sahalie Falls, Oregon | OK Which Way


Waterfalls Loop Trail

Waterfalls Loop Trail at Sahalie Falls | OK Which Way


Sahalie Falls is beautiful and is absolutely why I love exploring the Pacific Northwest. But it gets even better just downstream – the rushing McKenzie River is spectacular.

McKenzie River at Sahalie Falls | OK Which Way

On Location


Disney’s Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey filmed Sassy going over the waterfall at Sahalie Falls.


Sahalie Falls as seen from viewpoint | OK Which Way




West Cascades Scenic Byway

220 miles

Westfir to Estacada

Forest Service Road 19, Oregon Route 126, Oregon Route 22, Forest Road 46, Route 224

* Sections of this byway are closed seasonally due to snow


West Cascades Oregon Scenic Byway sign | OK Which Way


McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway

Seasonal 82 mile loop

Follows Cascade Mountain passes Oregon Route 242 and Highway 126

* McKenzie Pass is closed from November to July due to snow



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