McKenzie River Trail

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Leader: David Morris
Hike: 7.5 miles, 750 ft (Moderate)

Eight hikers left the Trail Bridge trail head at 10:00 am and headed upstream towards Sahalie Falls. The start was a little chilly but before long we were removing layers and enjoying the nice weather. The Blue Pool was as magnificent as ever with the water gushing from the lava just above the water line. Oregon Grape was in bloom all along the trail. About half way between Blue Pool and Carmen reservoir we stopped for lunch and enjoyed the tranquil setting. We enjoyed the views of the rocky cliffs and large trees along this part of the trail. The marsh below Carmen Reservoir looks out of place with the stagnant water and birch trees. Across the marsh you could see large dog woods in bloom with their white flowers standing out against the evergreens. Soon you could hear the sounds of the water fall. The water was high adding to the beauty of Koosah and Sahalie Falls. Everyone agreed that this was a good hike.

Members: David Morris, Jyoti Naik, Lamonte Smith, Norma Bengiat, Carol Anderson, Lynda Christiansen, Valerie Metcalfe. Nonmembers: Jean Ella.


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