The Pacific Northwest: Blue Pool

Sit by a river. Find peace and meaning in the rhythm of the lifeblood of the Earth. — Anonymous

The Daily Motivator author Ralph Marston once quipped, “When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing- just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond….” If you find yourself near highway 26 in the Pacific Northwest, and you want to take Mr. Marston’s advice, then a stop at the Mckenzie River’s Blue Pool, also known as Tamolitch Pool, is the perfect place to visit.

IMG_2602This popular destination is about 70-miles east of Eugene, Ore. near mile marker 11 (if you’re driving from Eugene/Springfield the mile markers reset after 55-miles). Pulling off of highway 26 you will see the Eugene Water and Electric Board’s (EWEB) dam on your left. Take the right fork that leads away from the EWEB dam and follow it till you reach the Blue Pool parking area.

It’s easy to tell you’re getting close because the road’s shoulder is usually lined with parked cars as you approach the entrance to the trail head. IMG_2692

Once you are parked; it’s a short walk to the path’s entry point. It can be confusing due to the trail being split by a dirt road that runs further up the mountain, but a sign that is clearly visible marks the entrance you want to take. Incidentally, you will take the path on the right side of the sign.

The hike to the Blue Pool will take you through some pristine old-growth trees and lava formations. IMG_2650The verdant vegetation is only eclipsed by the cerulean water of the McKenzie River, as it winds it way down the mountain.

Upon entering the Blue Pool overlook area, you are treated to a spanning view of Tamolitch Pool. The luscious green trees and the deep blue water will make for great photos and selfies.

A Crow’s View suggest visiting Tamolitch Pool anytime. During winter months, a waterfall pours into the pool, and during the summer months, when the waterfall disappears, the McKenzie River continually pumps water into the pool from its subterranean entrance. The deep blue appearance of the pool is amazingly azure, and it doesn’t change from season to season.

The trail to the Blue Pool is part of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, and it is open to both hikers and mountain bikers. The trail is family friendly and easy to walk.

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