Tamanawas Falls Snowshoe Hike
Explore a diverse old-growth forest in winter along the crystal clear Cold Spring Creek leading up to the spectacular Tamanawas Falls.
Distance: 4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: ~400 feet
Leader: Jamie Dawson
Location: Mount Hood National Forest (carpools depart from Portland)
Come see why Oregon Wild has been working to permanently protect Tamanawas Falls for over a decade. We'll trek through a diverse forest along the beautiful and pristine Cold Springs Creek to an epic view of Tamanawas Falls (which may or may not be partially frozen from the winter cold)!
One hundred foot tall Tamanawas Falls is less known than its rivals in the Gorge, but is equally as breathtaking, especially in the winter months. Besides delighting in this beautiful waterfall, we'll hike through snow-covered, 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 Wild & Scenic East Fork Hood River. This area, which includes nearby scenic Polallie Creek, hosts winter and summer steelhead runs.
The Tamanawas Falls area has remnant old-growth Ponderosa pines along with a mix of Western Red Cedar and Douglas fir trees. The forests surrounding Tamanawas Falls are proposed for Wilderness protections, the gold standard for protecting our public lands.
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Tamanawas Falls photo by Scott Smorra.