Hiking to Sahalie & Koosah Falls, Oregon
2 miles round trip to Carmen Reservoir
187 feet elevation gain
Dogs allowed on leash
Two waterfalls and gorgeous blue river
A few weekends ago the weather was looking amazing, so Michael and I drove down towards Bend to check out some waterfalls and go snowshoeing. Our original plan was to snowshoe to a different waterfall, but even with chains on the 4Runner, we couldn’t make it up to the trailhead. Luckily there are a ton of waterfalls in this area, so we decided to check out Sahalie & Koosah Falls, crossing our fingers for no crowds. There were, unfortunately, a lot of people…
We arrived to the Sahalie Falls parking area around noon and it was jam packed. We opted to park a little bit further down the road and walk up to the trailhead. Sahalie Falls was a super short walk from the parking lot, about 100 feet down the trail, but Sahalie is an absolutely stunning (and powerful) waterfall, especially surrounded by snow. After snapping a few pictures, we headed further down the trail to Koosah Falls and the crowds began to thin. The hike to Koosah Falls from Sahalie Falls was about half a mile. Koosah Falls was even bigger and more amazing, falling down into a gorge. Oh, have I mentioned the color of the water yet? Amazing, unreal aqua blue. When I say aqua blue, I mean every kind of shade of aqua blue, it was unreal! Once we hit Koosah Falls we noticed we could keep following the trail to a lake, so we did and eventually we popped out at Carmen Reservoir. From here we turned around and retraced our steps back to the parking lot. I would guess the entire hike to the lake and back from the Sahalie Falls parking area is 2 miles long. Overall this hike was great, although crowded, and I can’t imagine how crowded it gets on summer weekends once all the snow melts. However, with no snow this would be a great trail to hike with young children or if you’re looking for something really easy yet beautiful!