Tamanawas Falls Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Hood, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A short hike into the waterfall. The falls itself is a large falls with a large dry cave behind the falls. Rocks can be very slippery when wet so make sure to watch your step. The dry cave makes for a great finish to the hike and a great place to eat your lunch.
Did this trail in February snowshoeing. It was a fairly easy trail with a great view. The trail did get narrow at certain parts and on a weekend was relatively busy but definitely worth it! Have to try it in the summer now
Easy to find off of the road. Parking has never been an issue for me. If you're snowshoeing, there's park benches to sit at to gear up. I usually recommend waiting until you cross the bridge (100 ft away) to strap in.
Summer time this trail is a breeze. The boulder park is breath taking and immediately transports me back to Colorado. The winter time, that boulder park is covered in snow. You'd almost not even know it's there until you make your ascent out of it. This is the trickiest part on the trail. I recommend leaving kids at home for snowshoeing adventures on this one, but summer time it's doable.
Note- if you are snowshoeing, get cramp-ons. They will make such a difference. If you're coming from Portland, there's a place in Hood River called 2nd Hand Sports that has them and avoids you the freakishly long lines at REI or Next Adventure. Also much cheaper.
One of my favorite waterfall hikes around Hood. Worth doing both in winter and summer.
We decided to go on a snowshoe hike and we decided this was going to be the one. Every turn, every step was just pure delight. So much awesomeness to see. So beautiful and magical. Especially at the end when you reach the waterfall. Would definitely go back. It will be hard to beat this snowshoe hike!
Beautiful hike in the winter. amazing scenery.
Relatively easy hike with lots of nice little pockets along the way. Mixed terrain and a little difficult at the end just cuz it gets slippery near the waterfall but this is a must go simply because you can get all the way behind the waterfall. Very beautiful.
Have been here 2x in the last 3 months. It is a very straight forward and easy trail. The rock slide is not a problem to cross. We did it on a snowy day on 12/06/16. Just use caution as snow can cover unsupported voids in the rocks. Expect to see many people on any day of the week. Worth the stop every time.
Amazing setting and an easy
Hike for kids and older adults! The falls are spectacular and don't forget to be adventurous and climb those few last rocks in order to walk behind the falls and see it from the other side!
There is a rock slide 1/4 mile before the falls. The signs at the trailhead claim that the trail is impassable, however, most people should be able to to get to the falls.
Good hike but there is a rockslide about 1/4 mi from the falls. It's passable, but is difficult for dogs. The falls are beautiful.
Great October hike!
The trail seemed longer then the signs they had posted said. Someone needs to do some updating on what the real distances are. Awesome hike! It was a good work out, climbing some rock, hills tree roots. My 7 year old granddaughter had no problem with the trail. Great spots to stop at along the river on your way up to the falls.
Great fall hike! Not sure why some of the reviews say it is difficult. Well maintained, and great falls at the end.
Wonderful hike! Challenging at times due to the rocky terrain. I wouldn't take small children. The end result is breathtaking. You can climb up behind the falls, but it would be easier with hiking sticks. You will get dirty on this hike! Make sure to wear good shoes and bring your camera.
Wow! This hike is so awesome when there aren't many people on the trails. Mid week, early morning, perfect hike! The clouds cleared and gave me quite a show today. This one is going to be on my list of faves for sure!