Tamolitch Falls – Tamolitch Blue Pool



Once a majestic waterfall, the McKenzie River has changed course and gone underground a few miles up stream.  The river only flows over the falls a few times a year, the rest if the time the water emerges from the rocks underwater in the basin of waterfall pool.

Tamolitch Blue Pool - Tamolitch FallsThis is a unique site.  While it is rare to see a large waterfall ledge completely dry, the color and composition of the pool is also unique.

One of the first things you’ll notice is the color of the water.  The topaz blue color of the water is almost iridescent – like a blue anti-freeze.  The water is so clear that is seems to be only about 5 ft deep – yet closer inspection will reveal that in many spots its over 30 ft deep.  So pure in fact that you’d swear the water wasn’t  moving – yet at the end of this glass like pond –  a volume of water rushes out as the McKenzie River is reborn.

The waterfall ledge is a favorite for jumping on a hot summer day.  (The water is cold and be very careful to check the area for safety first).

You can hike over the waterfall ledge and find a trail that leads you down to the side of the pool.

This unique place is part of Oregon’s famous McKenzie River Trail.  It is on the top half of the trail about 2 miles from the halfway point on the trail.  The trail goes right by this interesting feature and is a popular place for hikers and mountain bikers to stop and rest while taking in this unique site.


If you are hiking the trail you can access this by either hiking down approx 3 miles from Carmen Smith Reservoir or hiking about 2 miles up the trail from Trailbridge Reservoir.  There is free parking at both sites.

For adrenaline junkies – try cliff jumping into the pool.   Use Caution – only the best swimmers should attempt this and only on a really hot day.  The water is extremely cold.

Special thanks to john Gustin for the featured video above.

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Jasmine Delacruz


How is the weather? Is there snow?

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Fall colors in full swing at the top of the McKenzie River Trail

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The Vine Maples give a great show of color!

Blue Pool Open Sept 8th!!!!

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There's a gorgeous swimming hole hidden in the Oregon woods.
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So sad we were unable to visit this this weekend however the clear lake was a nice alternative. Preston

This area is still closed due to the Blue Top fire, check the Willamette's web site and FB page for updates. they have security issuing tickets for violators of the closure.

I thought it was mine and mine alone lol...it's a treasure my favorite susprise especially after a summer hike it's like ...perfection love it and love above all my high Country guides that take u to places ...so beautiful so safely ...see u next season hopefully for at least a week

It's to cold to swim in!!!! Maybe a quick in and out is about it

Mike Richardson road trip?

Jackie hey baby did we get tagged into this video the other day or is it another lake?

Kenny M Zavala

Nicholas can we please go here?!?

Justin, opens on the 8th.

Pamela Bermudez

Chris Welch..go try this hike?

Anthony Breshears, kids in school, max sitter, you and I?

Adam Cluver do you wanna go with me on sunday?

ReYz Vong

Aman Pandher Lego 🙂

Shania Carver-Bruce

Chelsea Ladew

Terence Ramsey you still owe me


Amber Payne 👆🏼

Katelyn Albrecht Erin Varner 😊😬👏🏻🙌🏻

Cli Mena, Zoe, Oceann, Mason we should try to plan a trip to go check this out!

Kenny M Zavala Shawn Ocampo Hernandez Wendy Arana

Chavalon Morales

Let's go Sunday

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Update 9-5-16 - Forest Service still clearing the trail of fire debris.

If things go well the trail may open up in a couple weeks.

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Rumor has it the trail to Blue Pool will be open in just a few days. Fingers crossed.

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Why was it closed?

Cody looks like we have to make a quick trip back out to Oregon once it opens back up! No biggie, right? ✈️

Brenda Weatherhead check it out..or wait for next summer and do it with us. 😙

Ashley Agol we should plan a trip

Mileena Bussanich 😄

Does anyone know if clear lake is open?

Erin Varner!! 😊

Maybe people will take better care of it now...

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    Area Waterfalls, Hiking
  • Location
    McKenzie River
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    blue pool, tamolitch, waterfall


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