Koosah Falls is a Beautiful 80ft. waterfall located 75 minutes outside of Eugene on highway 126. The word Koosah is a Chinook word meaning “sky”. These falls were formed 3,000 years ago when lava flows formed the McKenzie River.
Location: Koosah falls is located approximately 60 miles outside Eugene directly off highway 126. There are visible signs on the side of the road.
Google Maps – Eugene to Koosah Falls – Click Here for the Map
Adventure Specifics: The waterfall is easily accessible via a paved path from the parking lot. The are also numerous dirt and paved paths in the area surrounding the falls that offer hiking and unique views of the falls themselves.
Warnings: During the winter, the paths around the falls can be snowy and icy. Use caution.
What to Bring: A camera, water resistant jacket (if you plan on getting near the falls), and good walking shoes.
Amenities: Pit toilets, paved parking, paved walking paths
Best Times to Go: Koosah Falls is accessible year round but I find the best time to go is late fall or spring as the temperatures warm up and the snows melt.
General Comments: Koosah falls and the surrounding area are one of the biggest reasons I like Oregon so much. The shear size and beauty of these falls is worth the hour+ drive from Eugene. I could spend an entire day just taking pictures. Be sure to check out Sahalie falls, just a few minutes up the road from Koosah. There is also a Koosah to Sahalie falls hiking path.
Other Adventures Nearby: Sahalie Falls, Tamolitch Pool, Trail Bridge Reservoir/Campground, Clear Lake