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.

Tip:
  • The trail is shared with mountain bikers, so be alert of your surrounding and respectful of others enjoying the path

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking clothes (appropriate for the weather)
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Camera
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

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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.

Go on the spring for the waterfall

These photos look nothing like how it looks in spring. At first I thought I was in the wrong place but then I realized it's just because most of the pictures I've seen have no waterfall in them. The waterfall also blocks the way to get down to the pool but it's still a great viewpoint. totally gorgeous though! Easy hike and go in the morning/evening to avoid crowds.

Nice Hike!

This is a relatively easy hike. Drive to the trail head first and look for parking or park just off the highway for an extra 1 Mile added to your hike. It can get hot in the summer so pack 2 liters of water, it's pup friendly and MTN bikers frequent this trail. Getting to the bottom is a slight challenge. The water is very cold around 40 degrees.


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