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Tamanawas Falls Loop

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4.0 mi
Distance
1 hrs 55 min
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terrain
751 ft
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Overview

This is a moderate loop trail to Tamanawas Falls in Mount Hood National Forest. The route combines the Tamawanas, Tamawanas Tie, Elk Meadow and East Fork trails to make a loop with a quarter-mile out and back to Tamawanas Falls. The highlight of the hike is along Cold Spring Creek to the falls. The East Fork trail parallels highway 26 and so is loud.

Getting Started

This hike can be started at either the Polallie trailhead or Tamanawas Falls trailhead.

The Tamanawas Falls Trailhead is 25 miles south of Hood River on Highway 35. Parking is in a large gravel pullout along the west shoulder of Highway 35. There are picnic tables and a bathroom, open during the summer.

The Polallie Trailhead is 22 miles south of Hood River on Highway 35. Parking is in a gravel lot along the east shoulder of Highway 35 just south of Cooper Spur Road. Cross Highway 35 to find the trail.


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    2 years, 8 months ago
    This hike was lovely and the falls were gorgeous, but the falls is definitely not a place for solitude in the summer - even on a Monday we passed a TON of people. It was hard to find a place to relax at the falls there were so many people. We lasted about 5 minutes before deciding to call it. Only about half wear wearing masks during COVID and some didn’t even step to the side of the (narrow in places) trail. Overall, it was nice and we will totally try this one again in fall when the crowds dissipate.
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    2 years, 8 months ago
    This hike was lovely and the falls were gorgeous, but the falls is definitely not a place for solitude in the summer - even on a Monday we passed a TON of people. It was hard to find a place to relax at the falls there were so many people. We lasted about 5 minutes before deciding to call it. Only about half wear wearing masks during COVID and some didn’t even step to the side of the (narrow in places) trail. Overall, it was nice and we will totally try this one again in fall when the crowds dissipate.
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    2 years, 9 months ago
    This trip gets you above the falls. It is a super snowshoe hike in the winter!!
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    2 years, 9 months ago
    Nice hike and start from Polallie trailhead. A bit steep at the start and rocky near the waterfall, but the secluded walk back on Elk Meadows Trail is great!
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tiffanyburghart 2 years, 8 months ago
Tamanawas Falls Loop (7/13/20, 14:54:9)
Next time take the loop to the right if it’s a busy day. Going left at the start of the trail takes you along the river with great scenery but is very busy even on a summer Monday. The section of the trail that went right was empty.
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