Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool)

McKenzie Bridge, OR
Length: 4.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 4    Average: 3.5/5]

This trail leads you along the McKenzie river through the old growth Douglas Fir forest to Tamolitch Falls, which flows into the lava formed Blue Pool. This pool is renowned for its incredible iridescent blue color.  The Falls often dry up during the Summer but are visible during the Spring.

If you’d like to take a dip, continue past the waterfall ledge to a steep side trail that leads you down to the pool. The water is a chilly 40 degrees Fahrenheit, regardless of season.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 300 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception None
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Bike Trails, Camping Nearby, Creek / River, Lake, Natural Play Area, Rockclimbing, Shaded Hike, Tree Climbing, Waterfall, and Wildlife Viewing

In 2008 Bike Magazine named this the 26 mile long McKenzie Trail America’s #1 bike trail

This is a very popular trail. Arrive early and be courteous of others

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Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

No Fee

Trail Contributor

[Total: 4    Average: 3.5/5]

Being outside is how I re-charge. It gives me perspective, fills me with gratitude and provides an opportunity to disconnect from the chaos of everyday life. I am fortunate to share this passion with my amazing husband and our son.  I was born and raised in the PNW but I love exploring any area I can get to. One of my favorite things about Hike it Baby is that I have a built in community of friends to provide trail suggestions anywhere we go.


Trail Map

Getting There

From I5,  take exit 253 to get onto OR-22 East toward Detroit Lake/Bend. After about 80 miles, turn right onto Hwy 20 West. Follow for approximately 3 miles before turning left on Hwy 126 East. Continue 13 miles to the Trailbridge Reservoir.  Turn left onto FR732 to cross over the McKenzie River. Continue straight through the junction onto FR655 until you see the Trailhead on the right.