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Day Trip: Explore the Blue Pools at Tamolitch Falls

Published on July 12, 2023

Just an hour-and-a-half northwest of Caldera Springs lies a jaw-dropping natural wonder waiting to be discovered: Tamolitch Falls. Join us as we embark on a day trip to reach the legendary Blue Pool, a stunning gem-like body of water in the middle of the forest along the McKenzie River Trail. Whether you set out in sunny September or wait for the fall foliage come October, this journey promises an unforgettable experience. Here’s everything you need to know before you go. 

Discover the Trail

The trailhead to Tamolitch Blue Pool is accessed via the McKenzie River Trail and is a 3.9-mile-out-and-back hike that takes an average of 1.5 hours to complete. Suitable for hikers of all levels, this picturesque trail winds through old-growth forests and alongside streams and riverbanks, providing diverse scenery and a refreshing escape. 

Find the Blue Pool

The highlight of your trek will undoubtedly be the Tamolitch Blue Pool. This turquoise body of water, formed from the collapse of an ancient lava tube, offers a striking visual contrast against the surrounding landscape. The once-rushing waters of the McKenzie River have receded underground, leaving behind this captivating pool.

Take a Refreshing Dip

The Blue Pool invites you to take a dip in their clear waters, providing an opportunity to connect intimately with nature. After a long hike, what could be better than immersing yourself in cool, blue tranquility, surrounded by towering cliffs and lush greenery? You can reach the pool by hiking over the waterfall ledge and taking the trail down to the water’s edge. 

Practical Tips for a Successful Trip:

  • Plan Ahead: Use resources like AllTrails to map your route and understand the trail conditions.
  • Observe Regulations: Follow the guidelines outlined by the USDA Forest Service and secure any required permits before you set out.
  • Pack Smart: Bring essentials like water, snacks, sunscreen, a basic first aid kit and insect repellent.
  • Capture the Moment: Don’t forget your camera to document the stunning beauty of the Blue Pool and its natural surroundings!

From the simplicity of the trail to the breathtaking beauty of the pools, this day trip promises a down-to-earth adventure that perfectly complements the luxury living of Caldera Springs. To learn more or to schedule a private tour, get in touch with us today.


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