Shades of ultramarine, turquoise and sapphire attract visitors from far and wide to Blue Pool along the McKenzie River Trail, making it one of Oregon’s most popular hikes.

Officially known as , the hike measures 2.1 miles one-way from the trailhead to the viewpoint. But don’t be fooled by the short distance. There’s rocky terrain to navigate and several hundred feet of elevation gain on this hike, which is rated moderate. The total distance will also run longer than 4.2 miles if hiking from the lookout down to the pool.

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The mesmerizing hues at Tamolitch Falls are the result of water seeping up through lava rock.

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A mountain crew trains for for rescues at Tamolitch Falls in May.

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The 26-mile McKenzie River Trail winds through old-growth forest and lava fields.

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