Upper McKenzie River Trail

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Leader: David Morris
Hike: 7.5 miles, 750 ft (Moderate)

Five of us left the SEHS parking lot right at 8 a.m. and picked up the sixth hiker in Walterville. It was overcast with a threat of rain in the air, but luck was on our side and we had no rain for the entire hike. We parked our shuttle at Carmen Reservoir due to snow above Koosah Falls.

It was a chilly start on the trail but we quickly warmed up as soon as we started hiking. Soon the trail joined up with McKenzie River and we stopped several times to look down on the river from high on the trail. In no time at all we were enjoying the beauty of Blue Pool. The trail continues along the dry river bed for a couple of miles. Our attention turned to the snow on the trail, the old growth forest, the cliffs on the far side of the dry river bed, and the trillium that was in bloom. Just above Carmen Reservoir the patches of snow got a little deeper, but soon we were at Koosah falls. There was a lot of water flowing over the falls and we were all impressed. We took a vote and decided to continue on to Sahalie Falls. Just around the next bend the snow got deeper. After a quick scout of the trail we decided to returned to our shuttle. Near the end of the hike the sun broke through.

Members: David Morris, Nancy Whitfield, Joe Sanders, Brian Popowsky, Liz Jones. Nonmembers: Linda Rubenstein.

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