We went on a hike to Blue Pool- one of the headwaters of the mighty Willamette. Way up in the mountains, a long ago lava flow rolled over the Willamette and buried the river deep underground. Blue Pool (aka Tamolitch Pool) is one of those places where it emerges.
This is a lovely, easy hike. We started on Trailbridge, a trailhead about 10 miles northeast-ish of the Willamette Ranger Station. There's no significant climbing and it was just a wee bit muddy. The walk started off cold (I was actually perfectly layered, but my furnace of a spouse started out in shorts and was a little chilly!) and turned out to be just right once we'd warmed up.
We met a few mountain bikers and took turns taking photos of each other's groups, leaving me with my favorite unintentional selfie ever. I don't know who these guys are off the trail, but they are sure fun.
|Yeah, he was a little cold. (Layers, my dear. Layers.)|
|In front of the pool!|
|A better shot of the blueness of the Blue Pool. You get your money's worth from Blue Pool.|
|Two of our MTBer friends learn how to work an iPhone. |