Hike-in Required
ADA accessible
Guided tours
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Sahalie is a Chinook word that translates to “heaven,” “high,” or “upper,” and all of these meanings resonate. Sahalie Falls is the uppermost of three falls the McKenzie River makes in the first few miles from its headwaters at Clear Lake, and it is the tallest and most thunderous. Here the river roars over the 70-foot drop in a white rush, spraying the perennially green basin with mist and storming quickly on to Koosah Falls just downstream. In a region that is geologically defined by a massive basalt flow, the river’s progress through the landscape is truly impressive. 

The facilities at Sahalie Falls prioritize accessibility and education. You’ll find several interpretive panels, vault toilets, and a universally accessible walkway to the viewpoints. Another short trial leads up to the crest of the falls and a view of the turbulent rapids downstream.

The trail from Sahalie to Koosah Falls is less than a mile and well worth walking. Aside from the powerful whitewater, you’ll be walking through a quintessential McKenzie River old-growth corridor densely packed with mosses, ferns, Douglas firs, hemlocks, and cedars. It is a great walk year round, and there are miles to walk or bike in either direction if you are interested in exploring more of this fascinating region.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Incredible falls. Fully accessible walkway and views. Educational panels. Close to other adventures.



Pets allowed



Geologically significant
Old-growth forest


Nearby Lodging + Camping


You park and walk just 1 min, then there will be Sahalie Falls. You can go down to get close to falls, but it's really slippery. Also you can go up to where the waterfalls start with a short trail, then you can hear really loud waterfalls sound like thunder.
Very easy and short hike between Koosah and Sahalie. This is accessible in the snow! Parking lot has been clear enough 3 times this winter. Sometimes there will be too much snow to enter. I got some great views in the snow if you want to check it out:
This is beautiful and easy trail to take in the sites on the McKenzie River.
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