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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
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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. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Easy hike to incredible falls. Camping nearby.

Cons

Heavily used.

Trailhead Elevation

3,020.00 ft (920.50 m)

Net Elevation Gain

500.00 ft (152.40 m)

Address

Tamanawas Falls Trail #650A
Mt Hood, OR 97041
United States

Features

Waterfalls

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

Comments

05/08/2019
Go to the mountain, they said. It'll be cooler, they said.

They lied. This trail is NOT for a hot day. Gorgeous, easy to follow, inexplicably packed with random people and dogs on a Wednesday afternoon, but not a place to seek shelter from a sudden heatwave in May.

Mist feels pretty great at the falls, though.
12/09/2017
This was a great hike! There’s a path going through the boulder field that doesn’t require too much climbing around but it can be a little icy. And it is really icy closer to the falls.
06/22/2017
Alert: Impassible Boulder Slide 1/4 mile from the falls. Will not be cleared until Spring of 2018. Though many hikers followed through anyway.

Did this hike last week on 6/22. The hike was fairly easy to moderate. The "impassable" boulder slide 1/4 mile from the falls looks tougher than it is. Word of advice, the trail continues on the top, left side of the boulders. You'll need to climb up and to the left. There are some flag sticks marking the way up and down. The waterfall is worth it at the end though it was slippery if you choose to make your way behind the falls. The cool mist in the air felt great during the 90 degree day.
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