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Tamolitch Blue Pool via McKenzie River Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
305 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

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 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.

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1 day ago

Amazing, short, easy hike through old-growth forests to a stunning turquoise pool. Trail was clear of snow, waterfall was pumping, and water level was high on May 2.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice trail, the pool is majestic. We did it on a Friday and saw plenty of people.

8 days ago

Love this place!!! Water is pretty blue..no photoshop neccessary

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rocky
11 days ago

First hiking experience for an out of shape recovering from spine surgery person. It was not easy. It was moderate. Worth the views in the end but I will have a slower pace next time for sure.

hiking
18 days ago

There is no snow on the trail and the hike is an easy 4 miles round trip. There’s only a slight incline towards the top.

hiking
19 days ago

This trail runs alongside the McKenzie all the way to Blue Pool. The falls are definitely doing their thing now. Easy hike for most folks, nice restrooms at the trailhead.

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20 days ago

Falls were running, which is not typical, so a special treat to see. No snow left. Easy 4mile RT hike.

21 days ago

easy hike with a nice payoff at the end. doable for almost all ages. some huge trees on this trail and lots of cover to keep you cool. trailhead wasn't difficult to find.

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27 days ago

The whole hike back to the blue hole is amazing. Snow was still in places so that was cool to see. The runoff down the river has the river water zipping along. Once back to the blue hole, it’s just breathe taking. Had triple water falls going on. Perfect time of year to see all of this.

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snow
1 month ago

Gorgeous!!! Still snowy, pretty slippery, overall an easy hike lots to see

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snow
1 month ago

3/26/19–still super snowy! Very slick! Be prepared.

hiking
2 months ago

Spiritual. Go early in morning because this is a very popular trail.

2 months ago

Extremely beautiful and peaceful. The water is freezing. Even during the summer.

Took a large group on 2/16/18 that ranged from first time snowshoeing to lots of experience and everyone had a good time. The pool was black and had a mirror which we didn’t expect! The River was the blue we expected.

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

This water is so worth it! The hike is very easy and there are tons of people on this trail. It somewhat challenging to get down to the water and I chose not being my dog down the steep rocky hill. There were some dogs that could make it down.

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rocky
3 months ago

First time hiking this and well worth it. Blue Pool is amazing. Will definitely do this Trail again

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rocky
3 months ago

Got engaged on this hike! Really nice trail!

4 months ago

Great easy hike! A little tough when you want to go down to water , which is cold.. pretty busy on a Sunday, got to parking at about 1100. Water color is amazing!!! Would love to come back when their is snow everywhere . Highly recommend.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike, mostly dirt but where the canopy lightened there was a little snow on the ground. By the end of the hike the snow was mostly melted. The pool was beautiful with the snow falling, but don't expect a big waterfall this time of year.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike for the start of 2019. Get there early as there is parking but it will fill up. Hike is easy and well worth it. Be prepared for lots of people. It’s a popular spot!

5 months ago

We hiked to Blue Pool on 11-26-2018. The trail is well maintained but there are rocks that you have to climb over so be aware that it’s not a flat path the whole way. IMO there could be a few more markers for the viewing outlooks....easy to walk right by when you don’t know to look for them. My watch said we did 4.3 miles, from the parking lot to Blue Pool and back but it’s mostly flat and was no problem for my kids (ages 11 & 10).

7 months ago

Awesome hike, forest is green and luscious. Hike was good, and weather was perfect. no rain, mud or snow.(even had first time hikers with us and everyone made it up and down) fall was an incredible sight. 100% must see. Falls flowing. We saw folks with dogs, children and bikes.

so great

hiking
8 months ago

My boyfriend and I did this trail a month ago and it was a simple trail till you got trying trail to get down to the pool. My boyfriend and I had a blast finding it but is difficult to find. I would highly recommend this pool it’s so beautiful and so worth the hike.

hiking
8 months ago

little effort for large reward. the walk is easy, a few uneven rocky sections but nothing bad and the pool is awesome. started early and was nice and quiet but got busy on the way out.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy, scenic hike with a massive payoff at the end.

8 months ago

This is a cute hike with lots to see at the beginning of the trail. The trail up follows the river at your right then you make your way up a rocky path to the top. Do yourself a favor and make a conscious effort to avoid stepping on the jagged rocks on your way up the path. I wish that I had a bit more time to make my way down to the pool, next time for sure. That blue in the pool is just impressive. This is a must see.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice easy going hike in and out, could not believe how gorgeous the water was! I’ve been talking about going to see this wonder for a couple of years and was finally able to see what the hubbub was about. Well worth the effort to get to the pool and experience how truly cold that water is. Loved It!

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