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.

Pack List

  • hiking boots
  • water
  • camera
  • NW Forest Pass
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RT Distance 3.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 590 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Must do

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

Scenic Hike

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.

Incredible Falls

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


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