This web page offers a few pictures and descriptions from a series hikes lead by Jane Meissner in the spring of 2003. This class highlighted some of Central Oregon's best wateralls and was offered through the Central Oregon Community College Community Education program.
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omolitch is a waterfall that's not. In this area, the McKenzie River travels for several miles underneath a lava flow. The river emerges here from a beautiful deep blue pool at the base of a cliff which would form the fall. There is a riverbed upstream on top of flow. In years of exceptionally high snow melt the river can, for a brief time, flow above ground creating an actaully waterfall here. This is very rare and made even less probable by the fact that the better part of the McKenzie's flow is diverted at Carmen Reservoir several miles up stream to generate electrical power for Eugene (EWEB).
Here are two pictures of Tamolitch in autumn. These were taken in late October 2000. The first is looking down river from the top of the "falls." The second is from the outlet to the pool looking back towards the fall's lava cliff.
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