We returned to an old favorite last weekend with a hike to the blue pool. The Tamolitch Pool trailhead is about an hour and a half east of Eugene, and is well worth the drive.
The 4-mile (roundtrip) hike travels along the McKenzie River, which is unbelievably beautiful, freezing, and clear. It ends at Tamolitch Pool, a so-incredible-you-have-to-see-it-for-yourself-blue-pool fed by an underground spring.
There was a pretty big crowd gathered at the top of the cliff, so we continued on down to the little shore of the pool. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a little picnic and the beautiful views, as long as you don’t mind being in a bunch of photos taken from the top of the rocks.
To get to the trailhead, take Highway 126 (McKenzie Hwy) about 65 miles east of Eugene. Turn left onto a unmarked road after passing the Trail Bridge Reservoir and a small power station. Cross the bridge and turn right. The parking area is just down the gravel road, and the trailhead is clearly marked.