Tamanawas Falls


As many times as I’ve driven on Highway 35 by the trail sign to Tamanawas Falls, I never took the hike until this year.

What a treat. Tamanawas  has a spectacular 150-foot drop with a wide wall of water. It’s very similar to many of the great Gorge waterfalls.

To add variety to the outing, I made it into a nine-mile loop hike by heading up Lamberson Spur and then returning by the Polallie Overlook.

A fun outing indeed.

Tamanawas Falls

Tamanawas Falls

Footbridge over the creek

Footbridge over Tamanawas Creek

 

Sitka Mountain Ash

Cascade Mountain Ash

High spring flows are not kind to foot bridges

High spring flows are not kind to foot bridges

Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness

Tamanawas Falls

Tamanawas Falls

Late blooming Trillium

Late blooming Trillium

Tamanawas Creek

Tamanawas Creek

Columnar Basalt above the East Fork of the Hood River

Columnar Basalt above the East Fork of the Hood River

 

 

 

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6 comments

  1. wow – your first time at tamanawas! I am so glad you finally got there! It can make a nice snowshoe too.

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  2. Been decades since I last hiked in there. First time was on snow shoes in April (not my idea, but we did it). Always a wonderful experience.

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  3. I also haven’t hiked this yet–thanks for the nudge. That loop sounds great–did you have any difficult creek crossings? Was the trail in good shape?

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    • The trail to the waterfall is in great shape with footbridges over the creeks. The loop by the Polallie Overlook is also in good shape. However, the trail up Lamberson Spur is covered with blowdowns. I turned around after about one mile.

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