Another beautiful waterfall is only 0.5 mile farther east on Route 126 from Koosah Falls. From McKenzie Bridge, travel east on Route 126 to Road 2672. Follow Road 2672 to Forest Service Road 655. Follow Forest Service Road 655 to the Sahalie Falls Day Use Area. On the trail from Koosah Falls, giant cedar and fir trees line the path. It is only a few yards from the parking lot to the viewpoints of the waterfall.
Also the result of a lava dam from the Cascade Range’s not-so-distant volcanic past, the river tumbles 100 feet into a green canyon. This is the highest waterfall on the McKenzie River—sahalie means “high” in the Chinook dialect. It’s said that this waterfall churns out the highest volume of water of any waterfall in the state.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel