Tamolitch Blue Pool via McKenzie River Trail

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Willamette National Forest

Tamolitch Blue Pool via McKenzie River Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Blue River, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. 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

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

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waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

This short portion of the McKenzie River National Recreation 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. 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.

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muddy
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4 hours ago

Very pretty hike. Once you get to the pool, the trail is not great, though. Longer than we expected, but otherwise enjoyable. The pool is definitely worth it!

hiking
1 day ago

One of my favorite places to hike! Been twice and it never gets old. It follows the McKenzie River. The prize is definitely at the end!

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muddy
2 days ago

This hike was super pretty and took us along the river. The greenery this time of year was so vibrant. Getting to the blue pools was an easy trek after crossing some mud. The water is breath taking. Definitely a lot of traffic over the weekend and by the time we left there were cars parked all the way to the highway.

hiking
2 days ago

Heavy traffic. A lot of bikers who were carrying their bikes due to terrain and a lot of people. We hiked it and the trail was in good condition, muddy, but good! Recommend!

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muddy
3 days ago

5/16/20- Nice easy trail that was muddy with standing water in spots. Blue pool is gorgeous and some people took a quick dip while we were sitting up on the ledge resting. Trail was moderately busy. We got there at about 11am.

Pretty easy hike that can be done with kids and older folks. The trail was a bit money but you can walk around it and almost every spot. Rough trail at certain parts but the elevation game is sold though. This trail can be very busy but the pay off is absolutely worth it bring some food and beverages to relax on the cliff above the water. Make sure to hike down around into the pool area

Ok hike. Cool blue pool. Yay.

5/23/20: It was a beautiful day and a nice hike, but it was so crowded! We got there around 10am and there was a line of cars, but when we left a few hours later, it was down to the road. It was pretty for sure, but I didn’t see what everyone else sees I guess. Haha :) I’d definitely like to go back when it may not be as crowded though, it would probably be more enjoyable!

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muddy
5 days ago

Incredibly crowded! I am glad we got there relatively early ~10:00 am. The trail itself was quite muddy and a bit rocky and rough on the feet in the 2nd mile. The pool was nice and blue, but it was far from the best hike I've ever done.

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muddy
5 days ago

My dog and I hiked from Koosah Falls parking lot to just beyond Tamolitch Falls/Pool, so we did not do the few miles from the trailhead. When we stopped by it last week, it was pretty full with cars. The Garmin GPS had about 8 miles for this portion. but my book had it closer to 7.5. This was an easy trail. It doesn't have the downed trees on the path like Clear Lake loop and the waterfall loop. We saw a number of people at Tamolitch and a few on the trail itself. There are some muddy spots and puddles but they are avoidable. This does not have much elevation change and is a pretty easy trail. The rocks by the pool were somewhat slippery. There were a couple of people who hiked down to the pools and someone had gotten in it. Going this way, it is mostly shaded and you are among the trees. This morning (Friday) the only other person parked in the lot was a National Forest worker but by the afternoon most spots were taken. The weather was pretty cloudy and gray with some rain. When I was here last weekend, it was much busier with nicer weather.

8 days ago

Quite nice. I've traveled from Coos Bay twice for this lovely out and back trail.

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16 days ago

This is an absolutely beautiful trail and pool! The trailhead is the first on the right and is marked as just Mackenzie river trail. You can see views of the blue pool from up top, or you can climb over the rocks and head down to the bottom. There were some people cliff diving here but the water was freezing cold. Overall a great, easy trail for the family!

18 days ago

Beautiful hike...high traffic

The hike is worth the reward! It is so beautiful. It was a pretty easy hike with a lot of places to stop and look at the river. It is still open as of 5/8/2020.

hiking
20 days ago

The trail is in good condition. There were a couple of muddy spots but overall it was dried out after the rain earlier this week. There were quite a few cars but we didn't come across many people during the 1 hour hike in. Definitely came across more on the way out as it got later in the day.

Nice easy hike to a great location! Lot of people on the trail

Planted a Juniper w my father’s ashes today next to blue pool. Met an interesting person

hiking
24 days ago

The trail was flooded out in most spots, but it made it a fun challenge finding a path of moss-covered rocks along the edge. I had always heard this particular location is flooded with people but we were lucky enough this Sunday to only see a few people on our way in and even get the pool to ourselves for a moment but on our way out around 2 PM people were flooding in! It’s definitely worth it, when you finally see the pool it demands a “is this real life” gasp. At least I think so. Overall definitely worth doing at least once, but not a secluded spot whatsoever.

Pretty darn neat, we went after it showered so the trail was pretty muddy in spots. There’s also mountain bikers on the trail so keep your head on a swivel. Half way through it’ll get rocky which can hurt if not wearing hiking shoe I presume. The end with the pool is very cool and the last hike down is pretty steep but once you’re down with the water it’s like being in a Roman coliseum looking up at all the spectators and facing off against the fierce cold of what the blue pool has to offer.

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24 days ago

Beautiful trail. Not too difficult to do and love the view of the blue pool. The waterfall unfortunately was not all dried out.

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28 days ago

One of my favorite hikes with a big reward of a wonderful blue pool.

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29 days ago

Just went there on 4/28/20. It’s not closed

hiking
29 days ago

is this closed due to covid?

hiking
1 month ago

Still open with COVID. The trail is clear, easy to walk, no mud or snow! Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Hey is this open? With all the virus spread?

1 month ago

nice hike

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