The McKenzie River trail is twenty six miles long and runs from Clear Lake to McKenzie Bridge. It's world famous for Mountain Bikers, and very nice for hikers as well.
This short portion of the trail takes you to the beautiful turquoise Tamolitch Pool, also known as Blue Pool.
Beginning of this easy hike is through old growth Douglas fir forest. As the McKenzie river falls away you walk along the cliff. Eventually you come upon an old lava flow.
At Blue Pool you can scamper down the steep embankment and go for a VERY chilly swim. This pool is actually where the McKenzie river comes back up after being underground just after Carmen Reservoir. It's known as a dry falls, because during especially wet rainy winters the river will flood over the lava bed and waterfall into Tamolitch.
To get here take the McKenzie Hwy 126 14 miles east of McKenzie Bridge. If you are coming from the Hwy 20 junction it's about 10 miles past south of the junction. Turn at the Trailbridge Campground sign, you will cross a bridge and quickly turn right onto a gravel road. After about a third of a mile park at the signs for the trail crossing.
Bring your hiking shoes or bring your bike. The McKenzie River trail is shared by hikers and mountain bikers alike so respect each other.
Bring a swim suit if you want a very cold dip in the pool.
WOW, AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL. this place is just beautiful, we took the hike and im not going to say its easy but its not hard at all. I'm a bigger girl and i made it just fine, i acutally seen old old people that looked like they were on their last breathe take the hike. It's a long hike though, the thing that sucks about the hike is that theirs rocks and tree roots sticking out of the ground. I almost fell a few times. But once you get there it will all be worth it, not sure how people jump off of it, we tried to look where we could get back to feel the water and no luck. we felt the water a little ways down and OMG it was freezing so i can only imagine how cold the blue pool is. Enjoy the hike its so beautiful. Visited on Jun 05, 2013
"I run trail marathons. That being said, my family doesn't, so I would not classify this trail as "family friendly" or "easy" if you bring kids and/or dogs and/or elderly. It's about 5 miles round trip.
It can get pretty hot, and there is a bit of a dangerous voyage over downward going sharp rocks to get to the pool. I guess if you compare it to climbing Mt. Everest though, it'd be deemed "easy."
It's also a very long drive from the Eugene/Springfield area - bring your Dramamine if you get car sick or your kids do. People drive fast here, and with all the dips and curves it's a bit much. My dog threw up on the way home twice and our 11 yo got car sick. Not a regular thing for either of them. Unfortunately, you want to keep up the speed (and I'm talking speed limit here) to get the drive over with.
All being said, worth the trip!" Visited on Aug 05, 2012
Great short hike with a gorgeous destination. This is a small section of the larger McKenzie River Trail, which is known nationwide as one of the best mountain biking trails in the country. Watch out for bikers approaching fast while going downhill.
If you are backpacking the McKenzie River trail, there are a few suitable campsites just north of Tamolitch pool off the trail. Visited on Jul 31, 2010