Tamanawas Falls

Mount Hood National Forest, just off Hwy 35, Odell, Oregon 97044 USA

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“Part of the Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Proposal”

To take a trip into the wilds of the eastside of Mount Hood that is truly a highlight of the Mount Hood Loop, scoot off HWY 35 to visit Tamanawas Falls.  This 100 ft waterfall is less known than its rivals in the Gorge, but is equally as breathtaking.  Besides delighting in this beautiful waterfall, hikes in this area take you through lush vegetation and critical wildlife habitat. The water that spills over Tamanawas Falls is from Cold Spring Creek; a clear, cold creek that is a tributary to the proposed Wild and Scenic East Fork Hood River.  This area, which includes nearby scenic Polallie Creek, hosts winter and summer steelhead runs.  In addition, these cold waters help keep the East Fork of the Hood River cool for the river's threatened Coho salmon. While you're noticing the creek's ideal steelhead habitat, be sure to look up and notice the area's diverse vegetation.  The Tamanawas Falls area has remnant old-growth Pondersa Pines along with a mix of Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir trees.  Don't miss Tamanawas Falls in the fall, as the area's Western Larch and Cottonwood trees turn brilliant shades of yellow that contrast nicely with the area's abundant evergreen trees.  Elk enjoy the vegetation of this area, as they benefit from the old-growth forests that provide protection and a corridor to other wild areas of the forest. 

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June 17, 2015

This 100-foot waterfall is less known than its rivals in the Columbia Gorge but is equally breathtaking. Hikes in this area take you through lush vegetation and critical wildlife habitat. The Tamanawas Falls area has remnant old-growth Ponderosa pines and a mix of Western red cedar and Douglas fir trees.

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Tamanawas Falls

Mount Hood National Forest, just off Hwy 35
Odell, Oregon
97044 USA

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