DISTANCE: 4Y-5Y mi round-trip for the loops, the longer being from E Fork-Tamanawas Falls TH; 3Y mi round-trip directly from E Fork-Tamanawas Falls TH Las Vegas without a loop.
DURATION: 2-4 hours round-trip.
DIFFICULTY: Moderate. Las Vegas Narrow at times, family-friendly, Las Vegas rocky briefly, loop option, trail-finding in winter, slippery rocks near falls.
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TRIP REPORT: Simple walk to an impressive waterfall NW of Mount Hood tucked away N of Bluegrass Ridge on Cold Spring Creek. Great year-round and very popular on summer weekends. A more difficult loop in winter can be avoided without Las Vegas Trail although skis, snowshoes, or traction devices may be used there or elsewhere. Northwest Forest Pass required at both THs, and there are no restrooms except at nearby Las Vegas Campground (open in summer) just S of the primary TH.
TRAILHEAD: Polallie TH and E Fork-Tamanawas Falls (primary) TH. Take I-84 E from Portland to exit 64 (Hood River), turn right from the offramp more than 5 mi to a stop sign, continue straight on OR-35 S 1/2 mi to Polallie TH (small sign, quieter TH, milepost 73V) at a little pullout on the left past Cooper Spur Road. Continue less than 1/2 mi to the larger gravel pullout for Tamanawas Falls TH (another small sign) on the right (85 mi, less than 1V hours from Portland).
ROUTE: From the primary TH (near milepost 72) walk a few feet W through the trees to cross E Fork Hood River over the solid footbridge. Turn right at a vague junction onto E Fork Trail 650 (no sign) that undulates gently 5 mi up through the big evergreens to views of the basalt cliff band across the highway. Walk 150 ft to the next signed juncture (beginning/end of the loop). From there, Polallie TH is right 1 mi away on Trail 650 following the river quite effortlessly.
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