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...

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