An ideal destination to cool off on a hot summer afternoon! The falls are approximately 100 feet high and 40 feet wide. The trail follows Cold Spring Creek and is shaded by Douglas Fir, cedar, and a variety of deciduous trees and shrubs. Keep your eyes open for signs of beaver about half a mile from the trailhead.
From Tamanawas Falls parking area, cross the East Fork of the Hood River on a log bridge and go straight (north) on the East Fork Trail #650. Trail continues north along the west bank of the river for half a mile to a junction with the Tamanawas Falls Trail #650A. Continue straight ahead on Trail #650A. Cross Cold Spring Creek on a plank bridge and turn left. Follow the trail until it forks; both forks join back together eventually. The right fork is steep and rocky, but overall the easier trail. The left fork starts out gently, but rises very quickly and becomes difficult. After the forks rejoin, the trail continues through a large rockslide. Note the red flagging on the other side of the rockslide; this is where the original trail begins again. After the slide, the trail then becomes clear and easy to follow all the way to the Falls.
Drive east from Government Camp to Highway 35 (Hood River). Go north on Highway 35 about six miles past Mt. Hood Meadows to a good, unpaved parking area on the west side of the road near Milepost 27 (north of the Sherwood Campground).
For more information, visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/?recid=53300
|Northwest Forest Pass||Required|
|Distance||1.9 Miles One Way|
|Elevation||High 3,400' - Low 3,040'|
|Snow Free||May to October|