Tamanawas Falls Hike

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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Tamanawas Falls Hike


  • The East Fork of the Hood River.- Tamanawas Falls Hike
  • Crossing over the East Fork of the Hood River.- Tamanawas Falls Hike
  • Fairyslipper orchid (Calypso bulbosa).- Tamanawas Falls Hike
  • Western wood anemone (Anemone lyallii).- Tamanawas Falls Hike
  • Cold Springs Creek.- Tamanawas Falls Hike
  • Western trillium (Trillium ovatum).- Tamanawas Falls Hike
  • Cold Springs Creek.- Tamanawas Falls Hike
  • - Tamanawas Falls Hike
  • Tamanawas Falls.- Tamanawas Falls Hike
  • Tamanawas Falls.- Tamanawas Falls Hike
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Easy hike to incredible falls. Camping nearby.
Heavily used.
June, 2017: A boulder slide has caused a significant trail blockage a quarter-mile from the falls that may be cleared in spring 2018. Accessing the falls requires climbing over and around this obstruction, which may not be a suitable choice for some hikers.
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
500.00 ft (152.40 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Total Distance: 
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,020.00 ft (920.50 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Getting to Tamanawas Falls from Portland takes some time, but you’ll feel like it was worth the drive once you reach the base of the awe-inspiring, 150-foot cascade!  You’ll pass over several robust log footbridges and follow the beautiful Cold Spring Creek for just over a mile until you reach the falls.  The falls get their name from the Chinook word for a guardian spirit.  As you pass through the Douglas fir, mountain hemlock and red alder forest, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for fairy slipper orchids and western wood anemone.  To extend your hike on the return, add another 2 miles and make a loop of the hike by taking the switchback at the boulder field which will lead you just past the Polallie Trailhead.  You will catch fleeting glimpses of Mount Hood before the trail returns up the East Fork of the Hood River.

If you want to make this an overnight trip, consider camping at the nearby and conveniently located Nottingham Campground.   While you are in the area, you can also hike the trail to Bald Butte.  Afterward, stop by some of the local orchards and do some wine tasting in the valley. 

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