The days are getting warmer in the northwest and the snow melt is beginning to rage down the canyons, feeding the numerous waterfalls dotting the cascade range. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to venture out to a new hike. Tamanawas Falls have come up in some searches before, but lying on the east side of Mt Hood means it was always overlooked. Motivation got the best of us today though so we made the trek around the summit to the Sherwood Â Trailhead.
The trail follows on the west side of the river until rounding the bend and heading up Cold Spring river towards the falls. Along the way are several smaller falls that create deep pools of water, that can be useful on the hot days of summer.
In most cases the landscape stays consistent, but the further up the trail you go the more diverse it gets. At one point you could be walking through old growth, the next spiraling tree roots, and then a rocky field of bus size boulders; all leading to the finish line, Tamanawas Falls...