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.
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."
--Adam Sawyer, Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Paul Gerald, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Lizann Dunegan, Trail Running Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Ellen Morris Bishop, Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
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