Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Tamolitch Blue Pool via McKenzie River Trail [CLOSED]

moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(1321)
Willamette National Forest

Tamolitch Blue Pool via McKenzie River Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Blue River, Oregon that features a waterfall 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.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 305 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Closed
Description
Waypoints (2)
Tips
Getting There

As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Note: As of September 7, 2020, users report that a tree has fallen on this trail. This trail is still accessible however you will have to navigate over/around the tree until park services can remove the tree. This short portion of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail takes you to the beautiful turquoise Tamolitch Pool, also known as Blue Pool. It does not take you to the Koosah and Sahalie Falls. Please see trails nearby to access those falls: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/koosah-and-sahalie-falls-trail 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. The trail is not too strenuous but there is some elevation gain as can be seen on the tracks and footing can be tricky in a few places. Be advised the trail passes one ledge with a steep drop-off to the river a short distance before Blue Pool 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, creating the Tamolitch Falls. 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. This is a very popular spot along the McKenzie River Trail and you are likely to see hikers, runners and some mountain bikers here.

Bring your hiking shoes or bring your bike. The McKenzie River trail is shared by hikers and mountain bikers alike so respect each other. Bring a swim suit if you want a very cold dip in the pool.

To get here take the McKenzie Hwy 126 14 miles east of McKenzie Bridge. If you are coming from the Hwy 20 junction it's about 10 miles past south of the junction. Turn at the Trailbridge Campground sign, you will cross a bridge and quickly turn right onto a gravel road. After about a third of a mile park at the signs for the trail crossing.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (1338)
Photos (1296)
Recordings (869)
Completed (3154)
View user's profile page
Lori Kernutt
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 12, 2020
Hiking

Just was there on Sunday so sad to think it could be part of the wild fire

View user's profile page
trevor jankowski
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 7, 2020
Hiking

Very busy trail. Lots of people and dogs on the trail. Be patient.

View trevor's Recording
View user's profile page
Laurel Brishel Prichard
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
HikingRocky

Great hike and totally worth it for the view. Make sure you’re wearing the right shoes bc it does get rocky.

View user's profile page
Sarah Moran
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
Hiking

healing hike for day after south sister summit

View Sarah's Recording
View user's profile page
Angye Martinez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 4, 2020
Nature tripsGreat!

Beautiful trail excellent hike

View user's profile page
Andrew Morrill
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 3, 2020
Hiking
View Andrew's Recording
View user's profile page
Nugget Lotto
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 2, 2020
Hiking
View Nugget's Recording
View user's profile page
Kevin Anderson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 31, 2020
HikingGreat!

Absolutely fantastic hike with the family. Heavily trafficked, but what do you expect during the last weekend of summer and the most gorgeous water around? Seriously, the bluest water! The reward you get at the top of the hike (the view of the "pool").... makes this one of my best hikes!

View user's profile page
jose garcia
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 31, 2020
WalkingGreat!

it was super easy and the trail was very well maintain highly recommended lots of traffic but the end was worth it

View user's profile page
Monica Sandberg
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 30, 2020
HikingGreat!

Gorgeous. Following the McKenzie river and the beautiful trees was delightful. Ending at the blue pool was breathtaking. Just gorgeous.

View user's profile page
Chelan Russ
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 30, 2020
Hiking

Fave trail and pay-off of the year! One thing I’ll add is the beauty to the right and left of the well maintained trail. On the way up, you have the beauty and sounds of the river to your right. And to your left, there is the Willamette National Forest which if seen at the right time of a sunny day, looks seriously like an enchanted forest. Beams of light will hit the trees and leaves displaying hundreds of shades of green. It also gives shade to hikers who run hot or need that balance. There are two spots along the trail where the river diverges and creates its own creek and ecosystem. Those places are just magical, like from a Tolkien movie or a relaxation YouTube video. The bubbling water winding through mossy boulders, rocks, ferns, bushes, and downed trees. Downed and sliced trees are everywhere. You can even cross 1 or 2 of them that fell over the whole river... close to the water. My 13 y.o. daughter and I slowly walked on one as it was wide enough and a dry day so the log was pretty safe. But you still get a shot of adrenaline because of how fast the freezing water rushes underneath you. She even laid on her stomach in the middle of the river on the log. Great photo. It is Dog friendly, and the lava rock area about 2/3 way up is appealing to the eye but not so much the feet. Slow down and be careful. And if you’re the cliff jumping type, I have a few tips: *Bring a wet suit, any style. Borrow or buy one and wear it to jump. The water can take your breath away. *There is a place to jump that is lower than the 63’ tallest spot. That tall one gets cheers from an onlooking (and recording) small crowd, but you land it wrong like flat-backed, and you could end up with half your body black and blue. The lower jump spot is where 2 trees kind of jet out, and it’s more like 39’ ... much less intimidating. *Either way if you jump, expect a very steep and vigorous hike back up to the crest. For some it’s just not worth it. But for the younger, stronger challenge-junkies, it is. Lastly, you could bring a Bluetooth speaker to play downloaded songs up there. No cell service except for one small area (I have t-mobile / mint) around the halfway mark. But if you do this, please keep your volume at a respectful level. Also I noticed everyone cleaned up after themselves. It’s not a party like atmosphere up there, which was a pleasant surprise. Lets be mindful of the littles who are around, and also of nature, to keep it clear of any trash at all. Even dog poo bags... nobody likes to see poop bags. If biodegradable, great, but could you chuck it out of sight?

View user's profile page
Paul Millard
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 30, 2020
HikingGreat!

Nothing more to add what has been said just stunning hike and after the long 2.2 mile hike it was a beautiful at the end of the trail.

View user's profile page
Daniel Resnick
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 29, 2020
Hiking
View Daniel's Recording
View user's profile page
Insta: stephens.oregon
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 29, 2020
HikingGreat!

Nothing to add that's not been said. Even if this hike is crowded this place has to been seen to be believed.

View user's profile page
janine casale
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 27, 2020
Great!

Loved it, Great maintained trail with tons of beautiful trees around it you hear the river the entire Time. The blue pools were stunning and you can get down to the bottom if you want to rock climb a little bit!! Over all got there early on a Thursday and there were no cars but by the time we left it was filled and there was no parking

View user's profile page
Joel Goldstein
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 25, 2020
Hiking
View Joel's Recording
View user's profile page
Jim Ellingson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 25, 2020
HikingGreat!

I feel that it was a little longer than it says but maybe not. It was super dusty until you get to the rocky area. Smooth walking until the rocks. You’re along the river/creek the whole way which is nice to hear and see. Beautiful view as you walk. Once you get to the Pool it’s absolutely amazing. So blue and so clear. Then the rock climbing to get around to the “easier” way to get to the water was tough. The jump in took some courage but totally worth the experience. Incredibly cold, exhilarating, refreshing. So many butterflies the entire hike. Lots of people, parking is a long single line of cars on one side of the road.

View user's profile page
Shelbi Poehlein
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 25, 2020
Hiking

Somewhat crowded but the pool is very much worth it. Crystal clear. Would recommend if you have the time in your travels.

View user's profile page
Kelsey Kundera
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 24, 2020
Hiking

Easy trail, very populated, a little littered, but *gorgeous* blue pool at the end.

View user's profile page
Melvin McDougal
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 23, 2020
Hiking

Enjoyable jaunt along the McKenzie River with little elevation set in the beautiful Willamette National Forest. Unfortunately no falls today...but that gives me an excuse to come back!

View user's profile page
Brian Kindle
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 22, 2020
Nature trips
View Brian's Recording
View user's profile page
Teresa Shelburne
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 22, 2020
Hiking

Busy on the weekends but fairly easy, beautiful blue to reward you at the end !

View Teresa 's Recording
View user's profile page
Ty Darapiza
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 21, 2020
Hiking
View Ty's Recording
View user's profile page
Anonymous Hiker
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 20, 2020
Hiking

The trail was okay. The water was really pretty. Cold but worth jumping in!

View user's profile page
Elizabeth Pham
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 20, 2020
HikingGreat!

Wasn’t able to find the falls, but just the blue pools. DO NOT TAKE THE WRONG TRAIL. At the trailhead when it forks, go right towards McKenzie river. Someone wrote blue pools at the bottom of it. We parked at the end and we got confused because we saw a couple coming down from there. Didn’t stop to think that we were going away from the river. So we did a u-turn and lost 1.5 hours. It was so steep going up there, we literally hiked a mountain. Starting the correct trail, it wasn’t packed I’d say about 6/10. Some wore masks some didn’t. Be careful a friend of my sprained both his ankles from the lava rocks pointing a different direction lol. Just step down carefully and watch your steps. Good moderate hike. On the way down, we stopped some hikers from taking the wrong path lol..... don’t do what we did.

View user's profile page
cierra Owens
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 19, 2020
Hiking
View cierra's Recording
View user's profile page
Chelsea Pribble
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 18, 2020
HikingGreat!

Absolutely stunning, we went a couple weeks ago during the week. Thought it would be less crowded but it wasn’t so it took us a while to complete the trail due to having to move over for people. I backpacked our 2 year old and my wife carried out 9 week old. It was challenging but worth it!!

View user's profile page
M Rainey
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 18, 2020
HikingBugsGreat!RockyScramble

Hike was great and yes I would agree it’s easy but hard at the same time. I recommend good hiking shoes as most of the hike is rocky. I would say there is a view point and then a short steep hike down to the pool! The water and view was absolutely AMAZING but the water is freezing cold. Overall great hike.

Showing results 1 - 28 of 1338