Snowmelt and springtime showers swell rivers and reservoirs, making this the best season for dramatic waterfall viewing. The big, spectacular waterfalls are even bigger, while smaller "springtime-only" waterfalls can be spotted roadside or along damp hiking trails. Spring is a glorious time to go chasing waterfalls — just remember to wear boots that can get muddy!

Sahalie Falls

McKenzie River

When the Cascade mountains start to thaw, this year-round roaring waterfall gushes even more. Sahalie Falls is a short distance from the (hopefully now snow-free) parking lot. There is an accessible viewing platform, restrooms and additional hiking trails from this trailhead. Combine this waterfall viewing excursion with a foray up to Clear Lake.

Koosah Falls

McKenzie River

The companion waterfall of Sahalie Falls, Koosah Falls is a springtime must also. Koosah has parking at its own trailhead or you can just keep hiking from Sahalie to reach this one just under a mile away. Do the entire 2.6-mile loop trail to see the two falls from both sides of the turquoise McKenzie River.  

Salt Creek Falls


The drip drip drip of melting ice is drowned out by the roar of this plunging waterfall. Just off Highway 58, this observation site is so close to the parking lot making it the fastest and most rewarding roadside attraction you could see on this route.


This region is known for having a lot of waterfalls and each is special!