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Tamolitch Blue Pool via McKenzie River Trail

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Willamette National Forest

Tamolitch Blue Pool via McKenzie River Trail 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

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Forest

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Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

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Getting There

This short portion of the McKenzie River National Recreation 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. 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.

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Meg Snider
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So, so beautiful! Loved it! A bit of everything on this hike. Will definitely come back. The camping near by is fantastic too.

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Thorsten Geissler
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Easy, nice hike. Beautiful scenery along the way. Too many people which almost ruined the experience for me.

Madyson Roberts
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HikingGreat!Rocky

This was one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever come across. The blue pool was more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. If you haven't been here and are planning on it, once you get to the lookout point, take the rocky "trail" on your left and it will take you all the way down to the pool. If we hadn't seen someone do this, we would have had no idea. The water is <40° but it was so worth it to jump in while we were there in August!

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Nataly Hernandez
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HikingGreat!

Totally WORTH it! It’s hard but easy if you take It at your own pace, views are amazing. Hiking books highly suggested as well as hiking sticks.

Amanda Lee
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WalkingGreat!Rocky

Trail was great. It followed the McKenzie river up to the pool. Nice and shaded, however very unlevel. If you have week joints be prepared to brace up for support. The trail is very trafficked. Go early so you are able to get down to the water safely. The trail is pet friendly, many four legged friends struggled along the trail. If you bring you pet don’t forget they will need lots of water and may struggle over the rocks.

Bill Jenkins
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Claudia A.
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Ed C.
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Hiking

Great trail, somewhat rocky. Mostly in the trees-lots of shade. Blue Pool is sooooo beautiful!

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Angela L.
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Christina Lopez
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Allison Sitler
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Hiking

Very pretty— definitely go early to avoid the crowds. We got to the trailhead around 8:00 which was perfect!

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Kim Pimentel
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We hiked this in a Friday afternoon. It’s a easy to moderate trail nothing to extreme or technical. Lots of hard stepping areas if you have weak ankles or a foot problem beware and wear good shoes and go slow. When you finish you are over the blue pool. Lots of human traffic wear a mask and dogs would be a bad ideal as it’s super hard in the paws for them. And no dogs should be allowed at all really and I’m a dog owner and lover. But I saw a dog pooping In the pool the owner did pick it up but no dogs should be allowed. The scramble to the pool we did t take this time as I heard it was difficult. Take a lunch and stay and enjoy the crazy people cliff diving which is extremely dangerous and not to be done. The water front was very crowded I hear Early is better.

Myka Nolten
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Liz Bennett
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Beautiful, MSN Homescreen worthy pool. Too darn many people, though. We started at 8:52 on a Saturday and it was about 1 1/2 hours too late. The LA crowds were well on their way by the time we headed back.

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Laura McCaffrey
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HikingGreat!
Shanna Martinez
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Hiking

Awesome hike!! So glad we walked down to the pool. Iced cold water but so beautiful. Go early to avoid crowds. We got there at 8:30 and it was almost empty.

Pushun Sheth
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Walter Dalley
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Fun hike with awesome blue pools at the end. If mtn biking get out there early to avoid hikers

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Shawn Cude
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HikingGreat!

An awesome easy trail that leads to an even more amazing destination. Blue pool has the clearest water I've seen and is a must see place if you're in the area. Jump in for a cold dip also!

YM Zea
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Great hike rocky in areas can be difficult to get down to blue pool if you want a level ground view. Most times I’ve been it’s crowded.

Jonathan Boyles
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Dylan Lewis-Morris
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Great hike to blue pool. It may not look like it but you are able to walk down to the shore. Come early!

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Richard Wu
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@ Tedder
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Great water is warm!

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Greg Blythe
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