This is an easy out and back trail to beautiful Tamanawas Falls in Mount Hood National Forest. Tamawanas Falls cascades 100 feet over a basalt cliff with an undercut amphitheater behind. The trail follows scenic Cold Spring Creek and over two bridges, so no fording is required. The hike is popular in the winter when the trees are snow-covered and falls area fills with snow and ice. Spikes or other shoe traction device is recommended in the winter months.
The hike can be extended by following the Tamanawas Falls Loop hike.
This hike is stunning in the spring (big falls due to rain), summer, fall (leaves are turning) and winter (snowshoe to frozen falls).
The trailhead is 25 miles south of Hood River on Highway 35. Parking is in a large gravel pullout along the shoulder of Highway 35. There are picnic tables and a bathroom, open during the summer.
The trail is suitable for children in the summer, relatively short and flat. Do be careful on the single log bridges.