October 5, 2013

Tamanawas Falls

Location: Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon
Distance: 4.5 miles
Elevation gain: 900 feet

Instead of starting at the trailhead for Tamanawas Falls, we opted for the much less traveled loop via the Polallie trailhead on highway 35. For the first 1.5 miles, the hike travels through heavy forest before a junction with a connector trail to Tamanawas Falls. Turn to the right and go through a large rock slide area before reaching the 150 ft. waterfall. A Native American word, Tamanawas means “friendly spirit guide”. After the falls, return to the junction and stay on the trail that travels straight and meanders along Cold Spring Creek. For the return loop to Polallie trailhead, turn left at a junction just uphill from a rustic bridge crossing the creek.

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