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.
dogs on leash
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.
A bit of a "mountain goat" trail at times - we had to do some extra climbing to avoid huge puddles of water in the path, but the view of the blue pool was worth it! Definitely a moderate hike.
a very rocky trail so bring the correct shoes but it is a nice hike to the blue pool.
Great trail! Not too steep in either direction. Great for on leash dogs. A little muddy at this time of the year. Lots of shade on a sunny day. The pool at the end is amazing!!
When is the perfect time of day during an August day to see this pool so that the sun hits it directly and there is no shade from the trees on the pool
Great views of a unique place. Trail was rough in some places but interesting volcanic rock
Love this one, just very very busy. I've done it about 8 times. I never bring my dogs on it because it's too busy. I think the one time it was lightly trafficked was in October, still beautiful and pleasant weather for hiking.
Easy hike and fun to do in the snow. Although, the pool is not such a bright blue as it would be in the summertime.
Do this hike. Hands down one of the most beautiful spots I have ever been and continue to go to.