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.

3.7 miles
396 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



old growth


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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This was a very beautiful hike! The whole time you are awe inspired by God's beautiful creation! Definitely recommend it!

Magical....one of the most beautiful hikes our little family has done together ❤️

4 days ago

This trail was so amazing! Best hike by far! Everyone should do this hike! So beautiful

5 days ago

The hike up to the pool was relatively easy, and the pool was gorgeous. Definitely go early. We went on a Thursday morning and by 11am the parking lot was filled.

Beautiful!! Worth every climb!! 28 degrees in the water but worth every experience!! I always come prepared. People should plan better. If you're going to jump in...bring proper supplies to get you warm again!! I've witness a few people going into shock.

9 days ago

Beautiful ❤️

10 days ago

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10 days ago

Be prepared, absolutely gorgeous and worth the hike.

11 days ago

Stunning!!! Very easy to the falls, and then a pretty steep hike down to the pool, but well worth it. Took more like 4 miles there and back (8 total). Our 4 year old did just fine the whole way.

13 days ago

Breathtaking. Definitely a bucket list hike.

One of the most beautiful hikes my son and I have ever been on!

15 days ago

15 days ago

Absolutely stunning hike all the way through to the glorious end. Water is a touch above freezing and I don't do cold water. But it was such an amazing place.

16 days ago

Go early to avoid crowds! Beautiful hike along river and then it gets rocky on the path. Use caution going down rocks to access the pool.

18 days ago

18 days ago

My pedometer recorded just over 5 miles in an out. Nice, easy, mostly flat hike to Blue Pool. The trail has lots of small volcanic rocks poking out, so I would recommend sturdy shoes so the soles of your feet don't take a beating. Quite a steep scramble down to reach the water, but absolutely worth it!