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Tamolitch McKenzie River Trail to Coldwater Cove

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Willamette National Forest

Tamolitch McKenzie River Trail to Coldwater Cove is a 14.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blue River, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 14.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,125 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

river

Old growth hike along the McKenzie River This is a wonderful hike through 600 year old pines along the snow melt-fed McKenzie River. Wonderful views, peaceful settings and an easy trail to follow. You will cross the Mckenzie and other feeder streams several times on log bridges with hand-rails. The trail is one person wide and there are rocks and roots in the trail. The trail gets a lot of use so be aware of mountain bikers especially. Plenty of places to pause and take in the view, each lunch, or to fish.

hiking
7 months ago

perfect day to hike. icy at the start beautiful weather all the way down. sat in deer creek hot springs and the air was just cold enough to make it feel good. came out at end of trail and took the bus home. was home within an hour. great day! saw otters playing in Clear Lake.

Awesome trail about 2 1/2 hours beautiful views and good for all ages

Planned to do one overnight near Deer Creek. Huge unexpected thunderstorm changed our plans.

backpacking
Mon Oct 22 2018

Beautiful trip! This map is from Trailbridge/Blue Pool trailhead to Coldwater Cove. Coldwater is closed after Labor Day, so You’ll have your pick of car camping sites, which is a welcome sight after the hike up the river. The distance is 16+ miles total if you go all the way to cold water cove. The second mile is the toughest due to serious crowding and rough lava rock trails. Once you make it to the Carmen reservoir at the 6th mile you can take the waterfalls trail, which is tougher and more crowded, but worth it on the way back if you can catch it early in the morning. After blue pool, Carmen/Waterfalls is the first place to get water, and last good place before you get to Clear Lake.

Sat Jun 16 2018

The hike that follows this map actually starts at Trail Bridge Blue Pool trailhead and ends somewhere around Cold Water Cove on Clear Lake (I believe), so its going the opposite way from Belknap. I ran/hiked it yesterday! Luckily I knew going in.

hiking
Sat Sep 16 2017

Great 6 mile hike along the river. Good trail for mountain biking.

backpacking
Sun Mar 05 2017

way over crowded but still beautif!

hiking
Tue Jul 19 2016

Great hike to tomalitch blue pool. Went for a swim, very cold in hot summer!

hiking
21 days ago

mountain biking
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