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Tamolitch Blue Pool via McKenzie River Trail (Temporarily CLOSED)

MODERATE 87 reviews
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Tamolitch Blue Pool via McKenzie River Trail (Temporarily CLOSED) is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascadia, OR that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles 351 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

old growth

rocky

***Due to a wildfire (the Blue Top Fire) access to Blue Pool is closed, as well as, a section of the McKenzie River Trail. Detailed information and maps are online at: Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4919 *** This short portion of the McKenzie River Trail takes you to the beautiful turquoise Tamolitch Pool, also known as Blue Pool. The beginning of this easy hike is through old growth Douglas fir forest. As the McKenzie River falls away, you walk along the a cliff and descend into a dry river bed eventually coming to an old lava flow. At Blue Pool you can scamper down the steep embankment and go for a chilly swim. This pool is actually where the McKenzie River emerges after submerging into a lava tube after Carmen Reservoir. It's known as a dry falls, because during especially wet rainy winters the river will flood over the lava bed and waterfall into Tamolitch Pool. You can also access this trail from Carmen Reservoir and hike the trail to Trail Bridge Reservoir, rather than starting at the trail head just south of Trail Bridge Reservoir and hiking in and back out.


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20 days ago

hiking

Awesome hike with 7 year old and a dog. First half is through old growth forest and 2nd half through rocky terrain. Definitely worth it when you come around the corner and see the water in front of you.


22 days ago

Beautiful hike, lots of people along the way. There were some crazy people jumping off the rocks into 37 degree water.


27 days ago

The hike is longer if you actually go down to the water. I recorded 5.14 miles round trip. Super crowded and a lot of people seemed unprepared for the actual hike. There are a lot of rocks and it is definitely a hike to get there, especially to the water. Not really a swimming hole because it is so cold. However, it is beautiful and you should definitely do it once. I thought it was very well marked and super easy to find.


1 month ago

hiking

Great hike with the girls ❤️


1 month ago

The trail was relatively easy, the water was freezing, and the blue pool was more vibrant than my turquoise shoes- An absolute Oregon must!


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

Well worth the hike. Haven't really hiked in a year and was still able to do it. Next time I'll wear hiking shoes. Lots of rocks on the path


1 month ago

hiking

The directions were almost impossible to follow but once we walked around for a couple of hours we finally found the trail and were able to walk to the pool and back in 3 hours. Once there, it was absolutely stunning.


1 month ago

Amazing


1 month ago

Stunning


1 month ago

hiking

A little tricky to find, but a good steady hike that takes you through several different terrain types and rewards you with the bluest water you've seen. The main portion of the trail is great for kids and dogs, but the trek down to the water can be pretty tricky with a mixed bunch. The water was as frigid as could be, which was great on a hot day.


1 month ago

hiking

Hike was beautiful. Only issue was finding it. Not very well marked at all. If you're going based on google maps, once you get to your "destination" you actually need to go about two miles down to the reservoir. You pass a bridge and then continue to the right and will find the beginning of the trail past the porta potties.


1 month ago

hiking


1 month ago

It was amazing. Love it. Took awhile to find the trail that led us to the bottom, so glad we did.


2 months ago

mountain biking

Just a warning, this trail is not for mountain bikes. Seems a lot of people thought it was, we ran into about 15 bikers carrying their bikes on their way out, and my wife and I stashed our bikes about 1/3 of the way in. Gorgeous trail for hiking though!


2 months ago

hiking


2 months ago

Loved this trail