This section of the McKenzie River Trail heads upstream from the Trail Bridge Campground to Tamolitch Pool, and it is a very popular hike any time of the year. The trail winds its way in and out of the forest and provides great views of the McKenzie River, old lava flows, and other geologic features. With the lush old-growth forest surrounding the trail, this is an ideal hike to escape the summer heat or be shielded from the rain.
After 2.5 miles on the trail you are rewarded with the beautiful Tamolitch Pool, also called Blue Pool. No longer a waterfall, the river now emerges from under the rocks. The crystal clear water is deep blue in color - a photographers dream! The edge of the falls is a great place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty.
The full McKenzie River Trail is over 26 miles long and connects many beautiful spots in the Willamette National Forest. You can also access Tamolitch Pool by hiking downstream from Carmen Reservoir, and you can expand your adventure with many other hiking destinations including Clear Lake, Sahalie and Koosah Falls, Trail Bridge Reservoir, and Belknap Hot Springs. There are also many campgrounds along the trail as well.
Be sure to share the trail with fellow hikers and mountain bikers. Adventuring during the week if possible is recommended. The small parking area can fill up quickly on busy weekends. A map is located at the trailhead, but no other facilities are available.
Note: Cliff jumping is dangerous and the water is very cold, even in the summer. There have been several fatalities related to cliff jumping into this cold water. Scrambling down to the water's edge may be the better choice if you're looking to swim.