Tamanawas Falls Trail

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain555ft
Trailhead Elevation3,026ft
Elevation Min/Max3009/3486ft
Elevation Start/End3026/3026ft

Tamanawas Falls Trail

Tamanawas Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Hood River County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood National Forest. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 3,026 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 555 feet. The trail ends near the Tamanawas Falls viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: East Fork Trail #650.

Tamanawas Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"As Cold Spring Creek flows away from the eastern side of Mount Hood, it tumbles over a 125-foot cliff to form a thundering wall of water known as Tamanawas Falls."

"There is an interesting history of nature versus trail in this little canyon. When I first moved to Oregon in 1996, the trail crossed the creek because years before, a massive rockslide had wiped out one side of the canyon. Then a flood in 2000 wiped out those two trail bridges, but it didn’t keep folks away.

Officially the trail was closed that entire summer, but Oregonians displayed their typical respect for the government by hiking the “closed” trail in such numbers that the U.S. Forest Service acquiesced and made the new, hiker-created trail—across the massive rockslide—the official one. The Forest Service hasn’t rebuilt the bridges, so the trail you hike today is what the locals came up with in 2000, across a big rockslide. Then another slide came down here in 2016; see Comments in box above."

"This singletrack route crosses the East Fork of Hood River, parallels bouldery Cold Spring Creek, and takes you to the magnificent cascade of Tamanawas Falls. Bridge crossings. This trail takes you through the cool, watery world of the Hood River Basin, filled with towering Douglas fir trees, mossy creeks, and the splashing coolness of Tamanawas Falls."

"This easy hike leads to a surprisingly spectacular waterfall. Much of the trail follows scenic Cold Spring Creek, allowing for easy cooling. You can also extend your hike all the way to Elk Meadows."

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Trail Information

Mount Hood National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Hood National Forest
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Waterfalls, Views
Hood River Ranger District, 541-3526002, www.fs.usda.gov/mthood
Local Contacts
Green Trails Map 462 (Mount Hood), USFS Mount Hood Wilderness, USGS Dog River.
Local Maps

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Nov 2018