Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
0.80 mi (1.29 km)
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Just off of Oregon Highway 35, this modest cascade, also referred to as "Sahale Falls"* is well worth a stop. If you are already at the Elk Meadows trailhead, it's less than a half-mile walk through a fir and hemlock forest filled with black huckleberry bushes that ripen in late summer.** If you have the time, continue on the trail for an additional mile, climbing 700 feet up to Umbrella Falls, and then loop back around the north side of Hood River Meadows for a total of 3.2 miles.

* Interestingly, reference to the falls can be found with both spellings, but the falls shouldn't be confused with the larger falls on the McKenzie River.

** The forest surrounding Hood River Meadows is so thick with huckleberries that it's protected by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Mount Hood National Forest; picking is reserved for traditional native purposes only.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Short walk. Beautiful cascade. Great additional hikes in area.

Cons

Also accessible by vehicle.

Trailhead Elevation

4,420.00 ft (1,347.22 m)

Net Elevation Gain

160.00 ft (48.77 m)

Features

Waterfalls

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

Comments

06/29/2020
Update:
The directions state - "After 7.8 miles turn left onto gravel road (adjacent to gravel yard)"- this is no longer a gravel road but a paved road that leads to Mt Hood Meadows.If you reach Teacup Lake you've gone too far.
After this keep left on the road until you reach a parking lot on your right. There are some restrooms and a trailhead to the right, but to do the shorter hike to Sahalie Falls take the unmarked trail across the road that is left of the restrooms. It will be a short walk through a forest and you will hit the road again but the trail picks right up on the other side. There is no sign for the falls so they are easy to miss! Also, in case you decide to keep going on to the Umbrella Falls trail(1.3 miles)- as of this date it has not been maintained and it can be difficult to navigate with children.
01/06/2019
You can make a nice loop, starting at the main MHM Lot and going down past Umbrella Falls (which is just below the E end of the lot on the L) and kind of follow it's outflow stream down towards Hiway 35 and Sahalie Falls. Return thru the open meadows just to the N of where you descended and back to MHM Lot. Beautiful, mostly flat, not many people when I went, everyone was skiing I guess!
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