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
305 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 National RecreationTrail 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Pool is BEAUTIFUL!! easy hike. We were the first ones on the trail Sunday morning. Nice to have it to ourselves for a bit. After blue pool we then hit up the Sahalie and Koosah falls and ended the day with a soak in the Terwilliger hot springs also known as Cougar hot springs. Makes a nice lil adventure.

1 month ago

I went on a steady drizzly day on December 2nd and I had the trail and Blue pool all to myself. One of my favorite hikes!

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes!

hiking
2 months ago

We only saw two people on the trail when we went in March. If you don't mind hiking in snow and like the trail to yourself I suggest going in early spring.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful Blue Pool! Rocky trails and great hike. Surprisingly lots of people & dogs today. Watched a duck dive over & over. Could see everything as the water is so very clear.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail the end of October. We went early. We had the trail to ourselves hiking in and at “the pool” spectacular! It is lush and green with the Blue River gurgling next to the trail. Lovely big trees and the smell is wonderful. It reminded me of evergreen candles, but better. The pool is beautiful and the way it was formed is mind boggling. Definitely glad we hiked this but may not have enjoyed it as much with a lot of other people.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail with amazing views especially when you get to the pool itself!!

hiking
2 months ago

Really easy, beautiful hike! The trail is blooming with green lush AND all the leaves, made for some beautiful scenery!

hiking
2 months ago

Really cool trail with great viewpoints!

hiking
3 months ago

Went yesterday with my college kids. Beautiful drive from Corvallis-with snow on the sides of the road. Beautiful hike. Few puddles and one fallen tree. We were done by 11:30. They are not kidding how popular the trail is...walking out we stopped counting when we reached 59 heads. And we still had 1/4 mike to go. Lots and lots of cars parked.

hiking
3 months ago

This time of year the colors are amazing the weather is cold enough though that a decent coat or sweatshirt is needed. We tried to check online about parking because of park closures and couldn’t find any information but chose to try anyway, thankfully there was plenty of room for parking at the trail head. Not being quite as regular to hiking I was correctly concerned about the difficulty of the trail. There were a few areas where there were substantial puddles, muddy paths and a downed tree to navigate around. It was however a great hike with beautiful rewarding views all along the way (assuming you can look up while trying not to stumble on the many rocks.

hiking
3 months ago

While the trail can be a little rough (rocky terrain and exposed tree roots), it is still quite beautiful and the pool itself is just breathtaking. During the summer, the trail is very crowded with many people and limited parking at the trailhead.

4 months ago

Amazing hike and the blue pool is one of the most gorgeous things I've seen

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice trail and the pool is sooo beautiful beyond the expected.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful! Easy hike, amazingly blue water! The water is freezing but crystal clear!

4 months ago

Great hike. Take plenty of water. Recommend taking wipes and second pair of shoes.

4 months ago

We parked around 930 and there was only 4 other cars in the parking lot on Friday AM. Saw 2 people on the trail and at the pool. After a while LOTS more people started coming in. Get there early! Slightly smoky because the fires. Good hike. Pool is amazing!!!

4 months ago

Amazing experience; great hike

hiking
4 months ago

Super awesome and scenic trail that goes along the river and opens up at the Blue Pool which is beautiful. Lots of cliff jumping options into the pool which is very deep and freezing cold! Barefoot approved! But be prepared for lots of pummus stone exfoliation

4 months ago

We had an amazing time on this trail. Both my grandpa (80) and my two young boys (6 and 4) were able to go back and forth with no problems

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