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.

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2 days ago

This place was really worth watching. The trail to the BLUE POOL has many sceneric views. We were taking photographs all the way, enjoying the weather, and and when we reached BLUE POOL, it was the climax. I have never seen a river in blue color. Had a very good experience here with my friends.

5 days ago

Beautiful trail along the river. Very busy trail including bikers. Bonus was the Tamolitch falls was flowing and it was beautiful!

5 days ago

beautiful hike. water is near trail and you can feel the spray at times.

hiking
8 days ago

Easy hike and very rewarding.

hiking
8 days ago

Nice trail and breathtaking views!

12 days ago

Awesome trail! Get there early because by 10-10:30am it gets packed and you won’t be able to park!

13 days ago

Beautiful hike and not too hard. Pretty views all the whole trail.

19 days ago

An amazing hike without much work to it. The water was incredibly clear and picturesque. There were a ton of people though which detracted a little from the overall experience.

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike, even better views at the end.

26 days ago

Beautiful hike!

28 days ago

just hiked this trail Saturday and it has been improved since we hiked it 2 yrs ago, easy hike, beautiful views ❤

hiking
1 month ago

March 12, 2018: BEAUTIFUL HIKE! The pool is incredible. Lots of snow for most of the hike and it was raining, but that meant we were the only ones doing the trail. A little tough at some points, but will be doing this hike again!

1 month ago

Good hike. Waterfall is flowing!

1 month ago

My favorite hike so far ! :) pretty easy, beautiful views !!! Few rocky points

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy hike along McKenzie river. Not a lot of elevation change, so good for all skill levels. Beautiful payoff at the end, if you go during waterfall season. Not too muddy and had some nice rocky spots. Another great, but popular Oregon waterfall trail. Had the falls to myself at 8am on a Sunday, but ran into quite a few groups on my way back in. Still a must see Oregon destination.

1 month ago

Must do hike. loved it alot.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike! The lava rocks all over were very neat and the river was flowing hard. My 5 yr and 6yr kids did this hike no problem. A little sticky with the mud..well avoiding it on the rocks anyway , but nothing difficult. The water was a beautiful blue and the moss all over the forest was a sight from a far off land.

2 months ago

Good family hike (youngest is 10) with a great payoff at the end. Only reason not 5 stars is that the trail had large sections of mud throughout. Not a big deal but it forced us to look down at our feet and not at the spectacular surroundings.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike on a whim. It was pouring rain and slippery on the rocks, but it was nice because everyone else was headed back. When I got to the pool, it literally took my breath away. This was a favorite and the pictures just don't do justice. The entire trail was so peaceful, lush and green- even without the pool it is worth it!

2 months ago

Beautiful and lush bright green forests. Love the porous lava looking rocks along the trails and the blue pool is gorgeous! Wear hiking boots!! Stepping on a lot of rocks and unleveled ground, as well as very muddy in the spring.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy, pretty hike. Beautiful Oregon countryside and majestically blue pool at the end.

3 months ago

One of my favorite short hikes. The falls and pool are beauriful. Be sure to go when the runoff is at its peak.

3 months ago

Easy hike, and very beautiful. Went yesterday and got there at 6am, only saw a small group of people as we got back to our car. I recommend going early to beat the crowd. Quite a bit of snow still on the ground, but I managed to go through easily with a pair of nikes.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, short hike over packed snow. Family friendly and definitely worth it. Expect snow until mid March.

3 months ago

Awesome hike. Soft on your feet and beautiful trees. The view of the pool is incredible from above. Really cold water. Heavy trafficked trail

hiking
4 months ago

Great place to hike when it's not to crowded

4 months ago

Wonderful hike! A little muddy but still enjoyable. However, I almost missed the pool! If you reach a sign that says “does not loop around” you’ve gone too far.

hiking
6 months 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.

6 months 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!

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