Linn County, Oregon

Hiking to the Tamolitch Pool

4 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Richard Bacon

Distance: 4 miles out-and-back with 200 feet of elevation gain. Time: Around 2 hours out-and-back. Easy hiking with a scenic trail. A beautiful turquoise pool at the end of the hike. Expansive views of the McKenzie river for most of the hike.

The hike out to Tamolitch Pool, or "Blue Pool," is 2 miles each way and follows the McKenzie River to a lava flow pool. Off Highway 126 14 miles east of McKenzie Bridge, turning into the Trailbridge Campground, drive right 1/3 of a mile to the trailhead. The trail is relatively flat, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the lush Douglas Fir forest that winds you to the pool.

Once you arrive, you can view the pool from several locations, and if you cross a section of lava rocks, you can access the bottom of the pool with moderate climbing. During the summer, people often swim in the turquoise waters, but the water stays in the 30's year-round offering a chilly dip. After a substantial amount of rain, part of the lava rocks will turn into a waterfall flowing into the pool, which is a rare occasion. If you're still feeling adventurous after your hike, Koosah Falls and Sahalie Falls are only a few miles north of Tamolitch Pool along Highway 126 and well worth your time.

  • The trail is shared with mountain bikers, so be alert of your surrounding and respectful of others enjoying the path
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Beautiful! Lots of leaves in the fall

My fiancé and I hiked this last fall and it was absolutely stunning! I had hiked it previously by myself a couple years before on the 4th of July and it was really busy. The trail is pretty easy, some slight hills, but good for families. When we went last fall, there were only a few other hikers we passed so it was nice to have that somewhat secluded feel! There were lots of beautiful leaves and fall colors to enjoy!

Awesome Hike

We really enjoyed the hike to Blue Pool! The terrain along the way is unique with lava rocks to climb over, and the beautiful river keeps you cool. Photos can’t begin to capture the sapphire blue waters below! Great way to spend the morning.

Do it!

The hike isn’t bad at all... even if you’re just slightly athletic. We saw plenty of people on the trail of all ages. Once you get to the cliff it’s a beautiful view of the Pool! You’ll see people jumping into the VERY cold water. My friend and I ended up being some of them! It was worth it and I’d do it again! Suggestion for gals who want to do it but are hesitant about swimming in freezing water: we swam to the cliff and climbed back up.

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