Tamanawas Falls (Autumn)

Directions: Take Highway 26 past Government Camp to the junction with Highway 35. Follow 35 for about 15 miles. The trailhead is just past Sherwood Campground on the left shoulder of the highway.

To see our first post on Tamanawas Falls click here.

From the parking area the trail immediately enters the woods and quickly comes to a bridge that crosses the Hood River. After crossing the bridge take a right and follow the trail as it starts to head uphill to a viewpoint of the highway below. The trail then heads downhill to a junction (it’s well marked), stay straight and cross another bridge, this time over Cold Spring Creek. From here the the trail heads uphill, with the creek always visible to your left.

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After about a mile of following along the creek the trail opens up a bit and you come to a junction. Follow the sign pointing you towards the falls as you enter a big rock fall area. The trail winds through large rocks and switches back one time as you enter back into a more forested area. From here it’s just a short distance until you start to see the waterfall. The trail will drop you off right at Tamanawas Falls. This is an out-and-back trail, so head back the way you came in.

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The main difference this time was definitely water level. The waterfall was much less full but still very beautiful. Also, there were three big downed trees on the trail from the recent wind storm. They hadn’t been cleared away yet but the trail was still passable. I’m sure they won’t be there for long.

Distance: 4 miles

Elevation: 600 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Porta-potty at the trailhead.

Parking Fee: $5 Northwest Forest Pass

Seasons: Late spring through fall.

Popular: Yes

Overall: We love this hike, it’s one of our favorite in the Mt. Hood area!

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