Sunday, March 16, 2014

Carmen Reservoir and Koosah Falls

After checking out the Smith Reservoir, Smith River, Trail Bridge Reservoir, and the Trail Bridge Power Plant we continued on our journey and pulled over just a little further up. We went to the Carmen Reservoir.

This photo was taken from the bridge going over the McKenzie River from upstream.

And here is the tiny Carmen Reservoir. You can see the river inlet at the left. This reservoir is only about 32 acres.

After snapping a few pictures we headed back out onto the McKenzie Highway and took the next turn to see the Koosah Falls.

From the parking lot was a nice trail that headed into the forest towards the falls. It was only a short walk and there it was. Here are a couple pictures from the top of the falls.  

 You can see how full the river is now.

Can you just imagine the power rushing by?

The top of the falls is to the right, not visible in this shot looking downstream. You can barely see the mist generated by the falls.

From the top we followed the trail to get a good vantage point of the whole falls.

See the rainbow?

I tried using a couple of different speed settings on my camera but to be honest I can't really tell a big difference. 

This is the trail to the landing to get the best view of the falls.

Here I tried to get a good picture of the rainbow in the mist.

This is a good map of the various reservoirs and falls along this stretch of the road. Unfortunately I couldn't get a good picture of it.


Anonymous said...

Now how far are these from home? Are they within picnic distance? They sure are beautiful! I can only imagine the sound of the water rushing by, so peaceful.

tina f. said...

It's about an hour to an hour and a half away, definitely not too far for a nice picnic!