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.
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.