Saturday, January 26, 2013

Geo 365: Jan. 26, Day 26: Koosah Falls

The next large waterfall on the upper McKenzie River is Koosah Falls. This one was a bit frustrating... there is exactly one spot where you can get a view which is unobscured by foliage: this is it. According to the interpretive signs, the flows that created Sahalie and Koosah falls are of about the same age as the one that created Clear Lake, about 3000 years. I find it curious that during a relatively short period of time, three large effusions of lava erupted from three separate, albeit close-by, vents. However, statistically, that sort of clustering is to be expected.

Photo unmodified. October 9, 2012. FlashEarth Location (cross hairs on parking area)


Colleen said...

My sisters & I visited that area a couple years ago but we did not locate that excellent unobscured view of the falls. Great find!

Lockwood said...

The trail from the parking lot is a spur that breaks in two; each of those are connected to form a loop. We took the left turn, less directly to the falls. A little ways on, there was a spur to the left that was a fairly long viewing platform, but otherwise a dead end. From that platform, most of the "view" had trees in the way. Dana and I quite literally had to take turns in this spot- there wasn't room for both of us to have a nice look side-by-side. I'm not a big one for cutting down trees all willy-nilly, but I do think, in this case, a few selected deletions would be a big service for visitors.