Finding a waterfall at the end of a hike is like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Tamanawas falls in Oregon is home to a towering lava cliff and a shimmering waterfall that cascades over the edge. The short trek will drop you right into the lap of this stunning natural area for all of the magical vibes.

Not all falls are created equal, but they are all just as exciting to discover.

Tamanawas Falls near Hood River, Oregon, is home to an incredible natural occurrence that will blow your mind.

A towering lava cliff boasts a 110-foot tall waterfall that cascades down in a curtain from the top.

The 3.4-mile hike leads you to this veiled cliffside gem, and you can even wander behind the falls to explore the cave beyond.

To reach it, you can start at the Tamanawas Falls Trailhead. From Hood River, take Highway 35 to Pollallie Trailhead for 25 miles.

From there, follow Highway 35 for another five miles to the trailhead. Parking is on the west side of the road.

You can obtain a recreation pass for $5 to enter the area, and the open season is from May - October.

To get to the actual falls, you can take East Fork Trail #650 and follow the riverbank west for .5 miles. When you reach Tamanawas Falls Trail #650A, you will continue going straight to Cold Spring Creek.

Across the creek's bridge, you will turn left and then left again at trail #650B.

You can take one more left and cross the small log bridge there to a set of steps that bring you to the northern bank. The falls are about a quarter of a mile after that point.

Once you reach this magical spot, you can wander around the dreamy cascade or explore more of the area.

The dark lava cliff offsets the white rushing waters for a magical effect just as good as gold at a rainbow's end.

Tamanawas Falls

Price: $5

Location: Latitude: 45.397568, Longitude: -121.570779

Why You Need To Go: This stunning waterfall creates a magnificent curtain across a lava rock cliff.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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