McKenzie River Trail

June 23, 1989

Since four persons signed up for this trip and two cars were needed, we agreed to meet at the McKenzie River Station at 0900 Friday. We drove both cars to a spot a mile from Trail Bridge Campground. We then all got in one car and went to a road about a mile above Sahalie Falls. We left the car there for the start of one of the most beautiful hikes we’ve seen for a long time. We viewed both Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls from the far side of the McKenzie River. The trail has numerous bridges and lots of beautiful old growth timber; wildflowers were in abundance. Don is an old time forester and could tell us about what had been happening to the trees and the area over periods of time. We passed through the Tamolitch Valley where the river goes underground. Where the river comes out is a spectacular blue pool. It is surrounded by cliffs so is relatively inaccessible other than to look at. That is probably just as well as many hikers would be tempted to take a swim. We had lunch about a mile below the pool near the river. We finished the hike, retrieved the car at the other end and got home relatively early. Hikers were Don and Laurel Fisher and John and Trish Kocher. John led the trip.


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