- Elevation: 600 feet
- Distance: 3.6 miles RT
- NW Forest Pass required at trailhead
We stumbled upon this hike after a failed attempt to hike Cooper Spur on the NE side of Mt Hood. The access road to Cooper Spur was closed late summer in 2013 because hundreds of trees had fallen down from a fire that had happened. The trees had stood dead for years after the fire and finally fell all at once. We stopped at the Cloud Cap Inn (where we learned about the fallen trees) and asked the bartender where to hike. She told us about Tamanawas Falls and provided us with a map to take with us. We stopped and bought blackberries from a local farm and drove to our new destination. The hike is very easy. It starts by crossing over a large log bridge.
After crossing the bridge, keep right. Continue to follow signs for Tamanawas Trail. You will cross a creek again. You will come to a spot where there are massive, exposed rocks. In not too much time, you will see the falls. You can walk behind it: there is plenty of room under there. I read that right of the falls, you can climb up over to reach the amphitheater behind the falls.
I moved to the Pacific Northwest in August of 2012. I quickly identified myself as a hiker. I want to document my experiences so that I can refer to them for myself and others to provide the best hiking experience. I also hope to learn more about hiking from others comments and recommendations.