Some waterfalls are isolated, and then others are found in an urban environment. Cohoes Falls is one of the latter, and this usually means that it’s an easy visit to the falls. It’s a pretty short hike from one of the parking areas to the falls, which makes it a nice stop after a long day of hiking.
Cohoes Falls is reported to be anywhere from 65′ to 90′ tall, and I’m not sure why there’s such a variation, as the falls don’t really “look” uneven. But that aside, the really impressive part of Cohoes Falls is its width, at 1000′. After reading a bit, I guess you’re unlikely to see the falls at their full power, but I still found the falls to be rather impressive. From the viewpoints that I was able to visit, the only difficult was avoiding the power lines in the picture, which I think was essentially unavoidable. The power lines do fade into the picture, so I don’t really notice them. On weekends, it is possible to get down to the riverbed and view the falls differently, but it’s only for about four hours midday. (Check here for more info.)
- There are so many different ways you could arrive at the falls, so I’m just going to give the general directions for the last few steps. Along the Mohawk River, there’s N Mohawk Street which also turns into Crescent Road further north.
- You want to end up on N Mohawk Street. If you end up at the intersection of Manor Avenue and N Mohawk Street, you’d want to head south just a short distance to the parking area for the falls. I’m pretty sure there was adequate signage when I visited.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip
Cohoes Falls in July 2014
Where in the World is Cohoes Falls?
There are some waterfalls that are overshadowed by larger counterparts. If you took what I’ve designated as Lower Sahalie Falls are transported it anywhere else, it would be a destination on its own. In this case, Sahalie Falls (and Koosah Falls nearby) could lead you to overlook Lower Sahalie Falls.
Lower Sahalie Falls is larger than it appears. There’s an optical illusion of sorts that makes it seem a smaller. What you can see in the picture below is about 20′, but there’s more above. It was very difficult to get the upper portion of the falls, and that was due to the angle of the rock along the river. The logs in front of the falls also hide a bit of the drop.
Depending on where this waterfall was and how easy it was to get to, I would have gone out of my way to see this waterfall. Luckily, I didn’t have to. It’s in between Sahalie and Koosah Falls, and the hike is very easy and enjoyable. Look for Lower Sahalie Falls as you’re exploring this beautiful part of Oregon.
- There are multiple ways to get to the falls, though they will all require some drive. If you’re in Albany/Corvallis, you could head east on US-20. From Bend, head west on US-20. If you’re in Eugene, head east on OR-126.
- The falls are found on OR-126…If you’re on US-20, you would turn and head south on OR-126. If you’re already on OR-126, it would obviously be a “straight-shot”, though it’ll be a curvy drive. There are two parking areas, one for Sahalie Falls and one for Koosah Falls, though there is a trail that connects both falls.
- The Sahalie Falls parking area is the further north of the 2 parking areas, and once you park there, it’s a short 100 feet to Sahalie Falls. Then veer left and follow the trail along the McKenzie River.
- Lower Sahalie Falls is found downstream from Sahalie Falls.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Hike: 0.1 mile round-trip
Where in the World is Lower Sahalie Falls?