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Tamanawas Falls

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (19)

A short, popular trail to a very beautiful waterfall.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

3,452' 1,052 m

High

3,029' 923 m

Low

426' 130 m

Up

24' 7 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Family Friendly Although sections of this trail can be rocky or loose, many families enjoy completing it.

Need to Know

$5 day use fee required and available at the trailhead.

Description

To get to this trail, you'll have to hike a little over a half mile along the East Fork Trail #650 from the fairly large parking area off of 35. You may need to use overflow parking on the west side of 35, north of the primary parking area. The intersection with the East Fork Trail #650 is signed and clear.

The trail heads west and drops down to the creek, which it crosses on a nice log bridge. Thereafter, the trail slowly and steadily gains elevation as it follows the creek west. A nice feature of this trail is that it stays close to the creek nearly the whole time. You'll encounter Tamanwas Tie Trail #650B at a large slide area. The trail in this section is very rocky and loose, so be mindful of your footing. There is also a switchback that a lot of hikers seem to miss, so keep an eye out for this to make the trail easier.

After a little more elevation, the trail levels off and will arrive at the beautiful waterfall. Enjoy the views but be careful of rocks which can come loose above the trail's end.

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Karl W

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The reward for going all the way to Tamanawas Falls!
May 4, 2016 near Governm…, OR
This gives the scale of the falls as you can see my husband in a blue T-shirt at lower right.
May 22, 2019 near Governm…, OR

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Aug 1, 2020
Sthuthi Sahgal
Jul 21, 2019
Karl W
Jul 17, 2019
Ed Rilkoff
Jul 6, 2019
Megan Rosecrans
It's 3 miles round trip. Add 1 more to get to and from the parking lot. Be prepared for steep inclines and falling rocks. The whole path is worth it. 3mi
Jul 5, 2019
Michael Lloyd
May 22, 2019
Hanna Frisendahl
Sep 29, 2018
M W
Sep 21, 2018
Shannon R
Lovely hike, falls not as stunning as others but you can get right up close. Easier hike than Falls Creek Falls but took longer.