Tamanawas Falls is another gorgeous waterfall in the Gorge. The two mile hike takes you through lush forests along Cold Spring Creek with the destination ending at the 100-foot waterfall. An ideal hike for cooling down on a hot afternoon! This is a large waterfall with a considerable dry cave behind the falls. Be aware that rocks can be very slippery when wet, so make sure to watch your step. The dry cave makes for a great finish to the hike and an ideal place to eat your lunch.
NOTE: It’s possible to see the falls in winter when the water freezes over and forms massive ice formations, but snowshoes and hiking poles are required for safety on the trail.
Getting there: To reach Tamanawas Falls, follow Hwy 35 south of Hood River for approximately 22 miles. Look for a parking area a few miles past Cooper Spur turn off, just before Sherwood Campground. Follow the path to the footbridge crossing of the East Fork of the Hood River.
Click here to reference the Mt. Hood Scenic Loop Map.
Level: Easy / 4 miles round trip / Elevation Gain: 500 ft
Note: NW Forest Pass required
DON’T FORGET: A NW Forest Pass or Oregon State Parks Pass is required at many of the trailheads. You may purchase a season pass or day-use permit on site. For more information on Oregon’s NW Forest Pass, click here. For more info on the Oregon State Parks Pass, click here.