Tamanawas Falls

Mount Hood, Oregon

4.4/5
based on 8 reviews

Details

Distance

3.32 miles

Elevation Gain

673 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Lorene Voskinarian

Tamanawas is an impressive 150' waterfall with easy access from Rt. 35. It's a shady hike through Douglas Firs and Cedars with a dry cave to explore behind the falls.

This easy trail in the Mt Hood National Forest has a journey just as lovely as the destination. The hike follows closely along the banks of Cold Spring Creek, up through a massive boulder field, and finally arrives at the 150ft tall Tamanawas

Hiking directions:
Starting at the East Fork- Tamanawas trailhead, begin your hike on East Fork Trail #650. This trail continues along the East Fork river for about a half-mile before coming to Tamanawas Falls Trail #650A. Take this trail, which follows Cold Spring Creek, up to Tamanawas Falls. To access the dry cave, scramble up the rocks along the right side.

Tamanawas Falls can be very powerful and give off a strong spray, so if you are looking to get up close or explore the cave you may want to bring along a rain jacket.

For info on snowshoeing here, check out this adventure.

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Photography
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Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
River
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Waterfall
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Reviews

Even at the end of summer, Tamanawas was flowing nicely. The hike was easy and short, offering beautiful views of the creek along the way.

Beautiful even on a cloudy day with some drizzle. Good beginner hike for someone who isn’t very experienced and is interested in a cool hidden gem of Oregon.

This is a great hike in any season to a beautiful waterfall on Mount Hood. In the summertime I recommend having spikes (the trail is usually too packed down for snowshoes) but the best time to go is in the spring when the falls are full of snowmelt. Be sure to arrive early whether you plan for a weekend or weekday, the hike is especially crowded in the summertime (hence the 4 stars instead of 5).

Easy hike and a impressive waterfall. I would get there early especially in the summer because it will be busy.

Explorer

06/14/16

This is an easy, quick hike to a beautiful waterfall. It can get very busy so I recommend trying to arrive as early as possible to avoid the crowds.

This place is especially amazing in March just as the ice is thawing and the green moss is peaking through.

Enjoyable hike to the waterfall, and can climb down on the rocks and get right up in all that misty spray! We arrived at the trailhead somewhat early, maybe 8am and had the falls to ourselves just missing the constant rush of people funneling towards the falls right after we left.

such a great hike. in the summer when it isn't so wet/slippery, you can hike behind the falls...makes for some great photos.

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