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Tyson Gillard | 06.03.2013

One of the great perks of working with the Outdoor Project is that I get to reacquaint myself with places that I should be visiting regularly, and in the last few weeks I've been reminded why the upper McKenzie River is one of my favorite places.  In one day I was able to hike from Sahalie to Koosah Falls, then hop over to Highway 242 for Upper and Lower Proxy Falls.  The character of each of these falls is uniquely beautiful, from the thunderous power of Sahalie to the almost sinuous length of Lower Proxy Falls. The one that I missed that day due to logistical challenges, however, is perhaps the most unique: Tamolich Falls is actually an underground flow where the McKenzie sinks below the basalt riverbed only to re-emerge in a stunning blue pool.  Such an incredible area.  Of course, Eugene is surrounded by cascades that I had never seen before; recently I hiked in to Upper Trestle Creek Falls, a delicate falls tucked away in a Bryce Creek drainage.  Walking behind this unassuming stream as the sun filtered through the falling water was absolutely synergic.

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