Tamanawas Falls

  • Level: Easy (Beginner Level: Doable)
  • Length: 3.8 miles
  • Elevation: 500 ft. gain
  • Type: Out and back
  • Open: late April – November
  • Permit: Northwest Forest Pass, or $5-$10 (I always forget to check how much because I use a pass)
  • Drive time from Portland: 1h30m
  • Google map: “Tamanawas Falls Trailhead”
  • Features: Mt. Hood National Forest, crazy huge waterfall, day use picnic area


I can’t believe I waited so long to do this stunning trail. It was hard to prioritize because it’s so short, but that’s the perfect reason to just tack it onto another trail. On this day, I did Cherry Orchard in the Eastern Gorge and then drove just thirty minutes into a whole other world, the Mt. Hood National Forest to Tamanawas Falls. It was perfect! I’m really struggling to not overstate how beautiful this one is, that’s how good it is.

Calypso Orchid aka Fairy Slipper


From the trailhead:

Go right at the trailhead and after a few hundred yards you’ll cross a footbridge over the East Fork of Hood River and turn right. All of this is very well-signed. After 0.6 mile you’ll officially turn onto the Tamanawas Falls Trail, cross another foot bridge over Cold Spring Creek and follow the creekside trail 1.3 miles to the falls. Return as you came.



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