Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe

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  • Tamanawas trailhead.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • East Fork Hood River near the trailhead.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • Short bridge over East Fork Hood River.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • The trail to Tamawanas Falls is level and clear.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • Dogs are welcome on the Tamawanas Falls Hike.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • Trail cutoff to Tamanawas Falls.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • Trail cutoff to Tamanawas Falls.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • Woodpecker habitat along the trail to Tamawanas Falls.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • Red-breasted sapsucker.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • Bridge over Cold Spring Creek.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • Cold Spring Creek.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • Ridgeline above Tamanawas Falls.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • Trail nearing Tamanawas Falls.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • Cold Spring Creek in winter.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • Tamanawas Falls.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
  • Tamanawas Falls in winter.- Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Fantastic winter falls. Great beginner snowshoeing. Photographic opportunities. Old-growth forest.
Cons: 
Limited parking. Minimal snowpack in early season. Trails are sometimes icy.
Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
NW Forest Pass
Total Distance: 
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
3,020 ft (920 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
500 ft (152 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trail condition: 
Groomed
Trail Uses: 
Snowshoeing
Dogs allowed: 
Yes

Current Local Weather

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Today

Light snow in the morning.
36°F
24°

Fri

Snow (1–4 in.) throughout the day.
32°F
27°

Sat

Mixed precipitation until evening, starting again overnight.
34°F
28°

Sun

Snow (3–6 in.) throughout the day.
34°F
28°

Mon

Snow (1–2 in.) until afternoon, starting again in the evening.
34°F
22°

Tue

Flurries in the morning.
36°F
20°

Wed

Clear throughout the day.
35°F
19°
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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See the wintry side of this magnificent waterfall on Mount Hood's eastern side with a relatively easy snowshoe hike through old-growth forests. While popular and oftentimes crowded during the summer, this falls sees only moderate activity during the middle of winter, partly because of the limited roadside parking. With only a gradual incline throughout, you’ll enjoy a short stroll through Douglas fir, mountain hemlock and cedar. You’ll also follow and cross (by bridge) Cold Spring Creek, which presents breathtaking winter scenery.

If you plan on getting near the falls, make sure to bring water resistant clothing, as the 150-foot-tall by 40-foot-wide Tamanawas emits mist throughout most seasons (which can freeze on camera lenses during the winter). It’s also wise to be cognizant of potential falling ice nearer the falls. Many of the icicles during winter can be several meters long. If you’re looking to avoid the slow slog of traffic up to Mount Hood from Portland, a good alternative would be to access these falls via Highway 35 through Hood River.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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