This trail was rated the No. 1 trail in the Willamette National Forest in Oregon.
The trail is 3.7 miles (one way) and is located near McKenzie Bridge, a city in central Oregon.
We were captivated by the beauty of the trail.
The Mckenzie river was racing next to us as we walked along the trail.
I took a drink of the water when it wasn’t too rough (because Mom would say no).
My friend Brian was allowed to walk on a log right next to the racing river.
Brian brought his pup named Pluto to hike the trail with me — I didn’t think he liked me.
So I tried to look super charming …
And beautiful …
C’mon, Pluto, don’t you think I’m lovely?
After humping me for a minute, Pluto decided that I was a worthy hiking companion.
Did you know that the movie Homeward Bound was shot nearby in central Oregon?
My dad thinks the river and mossy trees also look like a scene from The Jungle Book.
Me and Pluto kept getting bored waiting for our parents to take a million pictures.
Pluto started patiently waiting and let my mom take his picture.
So we explored around on our own for a bit.
The trees were misty in the distance,
I kept noticing Mom following me with the camera.
Mom and Dad don’t have claws like me, so they had to take the trail really slow.
Dad was looking rugged on this cliff.
I wasn’t allowed at the edge of the cliffs.
When the sun peeked through the trees, the forest looked magical.
Dad let me sit with him to look out at the river.
I snuck Dad a kiss.
The forest became brighter and sunnier as we reached the end of the trail.
We did it! We reached the Tamolitch Blue Pool, the most beautiful, scenic point of the trail.
You can jump from this point into the chilly pool for a swim.
However, we did not jump because the water is a frigid 37 degrees Fahrenheit year round.
Mom and Dad looking out at the beautiful blue pool — Mom really was there!
I hope you enjoyed my first photoblog. I am planning to do a hiking spotlight every month. Please let me know if you enjoyed this in the comments. 🙂
Rating for McKenzie River Trail
I gave this hike two paws up because it was magical, rejuvenating, and scenic. The trail is rated moderate, and unfortunately, dogs need to be leashed throughout the trail (oops, we found that out later when we looked it up). I recommend assessing your pup’s health before the hike, making sure to bring plenty of water, and staying close to your pup throughout the trail in case any stinky wild animals visit you.
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Stay tuned for my next blog post where I discuss our exciting day trip from the Willamette National Forest back home to Portland, Oregon!
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