THE FOLLOWING MAP IS NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES.
Map of the Polallie, Tamanawas Falls Hike
Length: 4.25 mile loop
Elevation Change: 900' gain
Season: Late Spring thru Fall
Permit: NW Forest Pass Required
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Excellent loop hike beginning on Trail #650 at Polallie Trail head.
The trail begins with a very steep climb right off highway 35, and soon intersects
Trail #645. At this junction eave Trail #650 which you will use to complete the loop,
and follow #645 to the right. The trail levels off a bit and wanders through dense
forested areas. At about 1.5 miles you reach the junction to trail #650B. Follow
Trail #650B downhill toward Tamanawas Falls. The trail remains mostly in dense forest.
Due to a bridge washout, a new user created trail leads you across a rocky slope and
connects to the original trail just a short distance from the falls.
You have several areas to view Tamanawas Falls and all are outstanding. You can even
walk up to and behind the falls if you don't mind getting wet. Return by trail #650A which
follows Cold Spring Creek. This is a beautiful hike along a scenic creek. You will cross
Cold Springs Creek twice. First just before the junction with Trail #650 which also crosses
Cold Spring Creek and follows the East Fork of the Hood River back to the Polallie Trail head.
The hike is almost entirely in forested areas with only occasional views.
Tamanawas Falls is spectacular and well worth the effort regardless of the trail options
How to get there:
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Follow Oregon Hwy 35 south of Hood River or
north from Hwy 26 near Government Camp until
you come to the road to Cooper Spur. Just
a hundred feet south of that junction on the
east side of Hwy 35 is the parking area for
the Polallie Trailhead. To access the trail
you have to walk across the highway, so be
Note: This is the same trailhead for the
Polallie approach to Tamanawas Falls and for
the Bluegrass Ridge Loop hike.
A Virtual Hike of the Mount Hood National Forest