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.
This hike starts at a log bridge that crosses over the East Fork of the Hood River. After crossing the bridge you’ll come to a junction. Take a right (trail no. 650) and start a fairly short and easy climb until you reach a viewpoint where you can see the highway. After you turn the corner the trail drops down and you’ll come to another junction. Stay straight and cross a small bridge that takes you over Cold Spring Creek.
The trail gradually climbs above the creek as you continue on upstream and soon the trail opens up into a large rock fall. The trail gets a little steeper here but you reenter the forest quickly. Round a few corners and the trail stops at a perfect view of Tamanawas Falls.
The view is great from the trail but you can also walk down to the creek to get a better look. We chose to scramble up the rocks next to the falls to get a different vantage point. We wouldn’t recommend it if you’re not very sure footed, it’s steep and the rocks are very loose. Head back out the way you came in.
On the way back home we recommend stopping by the White River West Sno-Park (on Highway 35) for great views and picture opportunities of Mt. Hood.
Distance: 4 miles
Elevation: 600 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Bathrooms: Yes a portable toilet
Parking Fee: $5 NW Forest Pass
Seasons: Late spring through fall.
Overall: Very pretty trail that takes you to a beautiful waterfall.