My nephews were visiting from Idaho so we checked a hike off our list of must-see Oregon hikes. How have I never done this hike before?! I have been missing out. This is definitely one of my new favorite hikes.
TAMOLITCH FALLS/BLUE POOL
Season: Year Round
Parking: Parking lot at the trail head
Parking Fee: FREE
Distance: 4-5 miles round trip
Bathrooms: None (THIS, I wish I had known prior)
Trail: Well-groomed dirt trail
Cell Service: No
Potential Dangers: None (IF you stay on the path)
Safe to Hike Alone: Yes
Animals: YES! Dogs on a leash
Carrier: Ergo or Hiking pack
Shoes: Trail runners
Kid Shoes: Tennis shoes/hikers
Backpack: Small day pack
In the pack: Water, Snacks, Baby Wipes, Small first aid kit
When we were trying to research directions to this hike, each website stated really specific locations like: From Springfield, go 65 miles east on Hwy 126, 14 miles past McKenzie Bridge and turn left on the unmarked road by the power plant. Okay, but WHAT? So we set out with odometer ready and watched for signs/landmarks to make this easier for all of you. Ready?
From Springfield, go 65 miles east on Hwy 126. When you pass the McKenzie River Fire Station, drive another 10+ miles. You will see a reservoir on your left and then a sign for TRAILBRIDGE ROAD.
When we got to this clearing, we noticed a few groups that had found their way to a small beach at the edge of the pool. We just had to get there. Our first attempt at figuring out where the trail was failed, and we ended up walking an extra ½ mile or so. We walked back to the clearing and tried a different non-path along the rim’s edge. We ran into another couple coming out who showed us how to cross over the top and down the other side. Although slightly taken aback at first glance, it is worth the try.
SIDENOTE: I decided to leave my littlest home for this hike. With me were my 16 and 13 year old nephews and my 7 year old little, plus my dear friend and her 5-month old snuggled in the Ergo. This group managed this off-beaten path just fine. Had I had my 4 year old with me, we absolutely could have managed the top and absolutely could NOT have gotten down to the pool.
With this extra bit, the hike was just at 5 miles and worth every single extra step, climb, slide, and scramble. If you have kids over 6 or you are brave wearing your baby (AND have long legs), you should definitely walk down to the bottom. If you don’t, this is still 100% worth going to.
Jenna is mama to two awesome kids, a boy & a girl. They explore Lane County's hills & mountains on a regular basis. See all of Jenna's Hike Mom Hike posts here.