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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5 days ago

This is a stunningly beautiful hike. I would rate it as an easy to moderate hike. There are any other people on the path, but most of the time it feels like you have the trail to yourself. Go check this hike out - today!

9 days ago

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12 days ago

Beautiful pool, worth the hike. Trail was very muddy and slippery. Waterfall flowing

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17 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! Hike was amazing! We had the Kiddos with us n they did great- youngest is 9. Best tip- good traction shoes n leave early, it became very busy after 12:30pm.

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18 days ago

Amazing magical, trail. Lots of great forests with dense blue rivers and waterfalls. Very popular so it's busy.

23 days ago

Great for beginners. Payoff at the end when the blue pool comes into view ❤

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25 days ago

Well worth the hike
Go early to avoid the crowds

hiking
30 days ago

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.

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30 days ago

a very rocky trail so bring the correct shoes but it is a nice hike to the blue pool.