Nestled in the beautiful McKenzie River Valley with glistening views of the Three Sisters Mountains, Tokatee Golf Club offers an incredible mix of postcard vistas and championship golf. Designed by renowned architect Ted Robinson, this 18-hole course is golf in the rugged outdoors with straightforward holes that are enhanced by their views of distant mountains and their use of native ponds and streams. Tokatee Golf Club is easily walkable, with memorable holes that inspire by their aesthetics and reward in their strategic quality.
Here’s a quick way to impress out-of-state friends with Oregon’s roaring rivers, waterfalls, and old-growth forests: Take them on the waterfall loop around the McKenzie River’s two grandest cascades. Accessible within a few minutes from the parking lot, the additional 2.6 mile loop hike starts at 100-foot-tall Sahalie Falls, a raging cataract that pounds the river into rainbowed mist. Then the loop descends past 70-foot Koosah Falls and returns on the river’s far shore through forests of 6-foot-thick Douglas fir and droopy-limbed red cedar.
Whether you prefer the deep and challenging powder of Hoodoo’s backside or the finely groomed runs of the front side, the majesty of Hoodoo’s location and fun of Hoodoo’s night skiing will bring you back again and again. Even if you don’t ski Hoodoo has plenty to do for everyone including the very popular Autobahn Tube Hill.
The closest ski area to Salem and the mid-Willamette Valley, Hoodoo also draws skiers from Central Oregon who find Hoodoo cheaper, deeper and steeper. The ski slopes are on a big, rounded butte, with lots of wide open terrain.
The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. The trail symbolizes everything there is to love—and protect—in the Western United States. Untold thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this international treasure each year. Loloma Lodge is situated near the Pacific Crest Trail and is a great launch pad for a short or long hike.
The Upper McKenzie River is a one of a kind, in the Cascades. The upper river is primarily supplied with water from springs and aquifers. Most of the water in the McKenzie has been underground for up to 7 years, thus offering water year round regardless of snow pack and rain.
The Helfrich Family has built a boating and fishing tradition with over 80 years of experience on the McKenzie river and rivers of the northwest and that tradition continues today with Helfrich River Adventures. Helfrich features a half-day family float, a corporate outing or a full blown multi-day catered fishing and hunting experience.
Cougar Hot Springs is a fantastic place to soak away anxiety and stress that you may have brought with you from the city. It is also a great place to relax after a long hike, mountain bike ride or a day of skiing at Hoodoo. The hot springs emerge from a small cave (you can climb into it) and flows out into 5 cascading pools. As the water flows down into the lower pools the temperature gets a little cooler.