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Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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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
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.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Groomed trail: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
500.00 ft (152.40 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,020.00 ft (920.50 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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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.

Recommended Gear

Before you head out on your next Mount Hood adventure, make sure you have the right gear! 

Here's a list of our go-to snowshoeing essentials to get you started:

Snowshoes: MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe

Men's and Women's • $229.95 • Cushioned, Made in USA, Ultralight, 98.8 oz

Jacket/Shell: Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket

Men's and Women's • $475.00 • Waterproof, Adjustable Drawcord Hem, Pit Zips, GORE-TEX

Pack: Mammut Nirvana Pro Pack 

Standard Fit and Small Fit • $189.95 • 35L, Carry-On Size, Hip Belt, Ice Axe / Pole Loops, Hydration Compatible

Insulating Layer: Moosejaw Dequindre Down Jacket

Men's and Women's • $134.25 • Water-resistant, Insulated, Adjustable Drawcord Hem

Poles: Black Diamond Traverse Pole 

$79.95 • Aluminum, Adjustable with Lever Lock System, 21 oz.

Gloves: The North Face GORE-TEX Gloves

Men's Powdercloud and Women's Powderflo • $99.95 • Waterproof, Adjustable, Insulated, GORE-TEX

Boots: Vasque Snowblime UltraDry Boot

Men's and Women's • $149.95 • Waterproof, Cushioned, Insulated

Gaiters: Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiter 

Men's and Women's • $64.95 • Waterproof, Breathable, Lightweight, Abrasion-resistant

Backcountry Safety Gear

If you are snowshoeing into avalanche terrain, you should be prepared, equipped and educated on how to use avalanche rescue and snow safety gear - including but not limited to an avalanche beacon/transceiver, probe, and shovel. Learn more and shop here.

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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