Tamolitch Pool (Blue Pool)
Length: 3.7 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 396 feet
We hiked to Tamolitch Pool (Blue Pool) from Trailbridge Reservoir. From the parking area you head uphill to the trailhead sign. Although categorized as moderate, for elevation gain and a rocky path, this is an easy hike. Be aware that there are mountain bikers coming down the trail and that there is a steep drop off right before Blue Pool. This hike is very popular and parking is limited. Plan to do this early in the morning as it gets very crowded.
I find the history of this pool so fascinating. A thousand six hundred years ago a lava flow from Belknap Crater covered three miles of the McKenzie River. The river resurfaces at Tamolitch Pool where the water seeps up through lava rocks to make this beautiful turquoise pool. The water in the pool is so clear and is on average 37 degrees year round. The clarity and color of this pool is quite unbelievable. Although rare during very heavy rain the river will flood over the lava bed and Tamolitch Falls will run.
There is a lot to do along the McKenzie River. For other great hikes in the area check out Sahalie & Koosah Falls and Clear Lake Trail.
Day Use Parking: No Fee.
Day Use: Year Round.
Directions: 1 hour and 50 minute drive from Salem.
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Tamolitch Pool (Blue Pool) with Tamolitch Falls running.