McKenzie River Trail/Sahalie Falls

September 14, 2007

We escaped overcast skies in the valley on this five mile hike along the McKenzie River Trail loop that also included a tangent upstream to the banks of Clear Lake. The six of us began our trek with stops at the lower and upper viewpoints of the majestic 100-foot Sahalie Falls. We then wended our way through Doug fir and cedar forests to Carmen Reservoir, crossing a bridge to reach the other side of the McKenzie and a rainbow-tinted Koosah Falls. Along the trail, sparkling pools of aquamarine blue were a vivid contrast to the velvety green riverbank, intermittently streaked with rays of sunshine. Autumn was just beginning to display itself in outlines of crimson on the vine maple. On the banks of Clear Lake, an exposed sprawl of tree trunks offered us ample lunchtime seating.

Hikers were: Chris Cunningham (leader), Pete Peterson, Julia Richardson, Barb Schomaker, Barb Sutherland and Rod Wood.

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