Tamolitch Pool

Tamolitch Pool

(to Tamolitch Pool)
4.2 miles round trip
200 feet elevation gain
Open April to mid-December
Use: hikers, bicycles

Difficult (entire trail)
26.5 miles one way
1800 feet elevation gain 

Left: Tamolitch Pool

Perhaps the most astonishing part of the 26.5-mile McKenzie River Trail is the short stretch to Tamolitch Pool, where the river vanishes into a lava flow, tumbles over an eerily dry, phantom “waterfall,” and then reemerges from a small turquoise lake. The 4.2-mile walk to this pool is easy enough for hikers with children. For a serious trek—or a mountain bike ride—start at the McKenzie Ranger Station and follow the McKenzie River Trail upstream past two visitable hot springs to Tamolitch Pool.

For the easy walk, start by driving...

This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.

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