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Tamanawas Falls

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Tamanawas Falls from the cavern behind the falls (Tom Kloster)
Tamanawas Falls from the trail approach (Tom Kloster)
Cold Spring Creek and Tamanawas Falls (Tom Kloster)
Tamanawas Falls from the talus slope (Greg Lief)


Tamanawas Falls forms a broad curtain where Cold Spring Creek thunders over a 150’ lava cliff near the eastern base of Mount Hood. This hike along scenic Cold Spring Creek to the falls has been a traditional trek for families and is especially scenic in autumn, when cottonwood, Douglas and vine maple and western larch light up the forest in reds and golds. Tamanawas is Chinook Jargon for "spirit" or "spiritual guidance".

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