With over 100 waterfalls in the state of Oregon it can be overwhelming deciding on a hike. You really can’t go wrong with any of them, but we have a few favorites we’re planning on sharing.
We’re starting that list off with Tamanawas Falls near Mt. Hood. I actually learned about this falls this summer when Chuck had a friend tell us about it. We made the drive out one weekend and were blown away.
What to Know Before
This hike is actually rated easy and is a great hike for most athletic levels. About 3.6 total trip, just remember to pack enough water and wear good shoes to hike over some rocky areas. In the summer, especially on a weekend, the trail was a bit busy so do keep that in mind. If you are looking for a less busy trail, I recommend Ramona Falls which is a longer trail and less crowded at the falls. Parking can get busy since it is just right off the road and you will need a Northwest Forest Pass which you can get at the ranger station on your way to the trail.
WHAT TIME TO HIKE
We took this hike on a weekend day in August, but the trail is open from late spring to late fall. Since this falls is so close to Mt. Hood it will be snow covered in the winter, which is open to snowshoeing if that’s something you’re interested. I recommend hiking Tamanawas Falls on a weekday or start early so you can beat the crowds.
The hike begins at Sherwood Trailhead at about 3,020 feet elevation. You only gain about 590 feet on the trail though which makes it fairly easy overall. The out and back trail follows a stream most of the way and is well marked so don’t be afraid of getting lost. We passed a few groups of people but the actual trail was not to busy, the majority of the people are at the falls which were absolutely stunning! These falls are so much bigger in person and you can actually climb behind them for a whole different view.
WHAT TO PACK
Pack enough water, lunch to eat at the falls and wear good shoes. Since this is an easier, no need to over pack for the day.
Overall this is one of my favorite waterfall hikes in the area and if you visit the area it is a must do!