Tamolitch Blue Pool via McKenzie River Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near McKenzie Bridge, Oregon 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.
dogs on leash
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.
One of my favorite places in Oregon. Moderate crowds. Leisurely hike. There were some bikers on the road. It is a bit rocky going to the pool but I saw children that climbed down. I went in October so I figure it is probably a lot more packed in the warmer months. Only a couple people attempted the chilly plunge. The trail there is very scenic as well and easy parking.
A great Christmas hike: easy terrain and really pretty with the snow. With the sun so low in the winter it wasn't hitting the pool even at noon and so it didn't look that blue when we got there but it was a fun hike nonetheless. We saw some merganser ducks by the river.
Easy hike. Really beautiful walk along the creek/river. Blue pool was a deep blue and quite dramatic against the white snow and wet stone. You don't get the Caribbean blue in winter but still worth it nonetheless. Without snowshoes you can't continue past the pool so it's a short hike.
Beautiful hike! The forest was so green and the water was crystal clear. Not something we have in California for sure. My kids all did the trail 15,13, and 9 said it was was great! We did this hike in August
This was a very easy hike. The pool was pretty, but honestly, I was unimpressed. There was also someone smoking a cigarette by the pool which made it unenjoyable.
Absolutely beautiful trail. The hike is easy and the reward is big. Unreal scenery that not even the best camera could capture the beauty. Ended the hike with a very chilly plunge into the water! 10/10 would recommend to anyone of any skill level
Beautiful! Wonderful directions, very very quick and easy - and all entirely worth the journey to pop over a ridge and see this pool. One of the most incredible things I've ever seen.
Crowded at the pool and a scramble to get up and down, but the actual trail was flat and beautiful.