Tamolitch Falls

June 11, 1977

Everyone arrived on time at the McKenzie Bridge store. We drove to just north of Trail Bridge and parked to start our trip to Tamolitch Falls area. Walked a mile to top of the ridge, then started our steep climb down to the beautiful blue pool where the McKenzie River comes out from underground. Some places we had to sit and slide down, it was so steep. Arrived at pool 11:30. While the group explored around the pool I went up over the lava to see if I could locate the proposed trail on the other side of the river. Found the red flag markers so asked the group if they wanted to follow markers back to Trail Bridge, about 4 miles. All agreed they would like to try, so at noon started out. Had lunch at 1 p.m. on a point overlooking the river and pool. Was a beautiful but rugged hike over lava, logs and through brush, no trail all the way. The lava formations and different views of the river made the rough trip worthwhile. Saw many many wild flowers along the way, Twayblade, Spotted Coral Root, Wind Flower, Common Paintbrush, Sulphur Flower, Snowbush, Rhododendrons and many more.

All the group were excellent hikers and good sports to go over this rugged area. It was enjoyed by all and a real different trip. Hikers were: Carol Bourgerie (leader), Lonnie Bourgerie, Mary Bridgeman, Pete Cecil, Donna Ferchland, Gladys Grancorvitz, Leona Mattson and Helen Smith.


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