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 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.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
396 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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

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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3 days ago

Very very busy- a lil tricky to find the trail down to the pool, follow the rocks.

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3 days ago

Wonderful! You come up on the pool higher up, but can also take the trail around and down to stick your toes in it. You follow the river just about the whole way there, which offers a nice breeze. Make sure to check out views along the way.

The rocks near the pool are pretty jagged, we'd suggest wearing water shoes. We also saw a few small snakes along the trail.

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4 days ago

Nice and beautiful. Bring lots of water and wear shoes.

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6 days ago

Gorgeous easy hike! It gets very steep getting down to the water, proceed with caution!!
The water is ICE cold and so blue! Absolutely wonderful.
Please don't dive in off the rocks though! People get injured and even drowned here doing that

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6 days ago

We started from Sahalie Falls and hiked to the Tamolitch Blue Pool via the Mckenzie River Trail. If you have the time I suggest doing this particular leg of the Mckenzie River Trail (about ten miles round trip). The trail is flat and easy to hike! We went mid-June and were able to manage a quick dip--if you can handle the frigid water I recommend it!

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8 days ago

We went on a Saturday afternoon so the trails were a little busy. Overall nice hike.

9 days ago

Great hike. My tracking showed 2.4 miles to the top of pool and then 2.4 back to trail head. So bit further then in description. Great workout. Half hike is easy in cool shade. Other parts a bit more incline in sun. Great mix. No one really swims in the pool. Was a crisp 32 degrees. Burrrrr. But if you have the guts to jump in...I'm sure it felt good to cool off.

Ok hike for kids. Mine did fine. 4yr to 14 yr old.

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12 days ago

Love it! Will be back!

12 days ago

Wonderful hike! The blue pool was breathtaking!!

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13 days ago