Tumalo Falls

Bend, Oregon

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The Tumalo Falls–Bridge Creek route is an attractive loop that’s filled with plunging waterfalls, forested pine trails, and some good elevation for those seeking hill workouts. The area is popular among tourists, families, and countless hikers because of its accessibility and quick-payout-to-work ratio, but as with most wilderness trails, you’ll find that the crowds quickly thin within the first 2 or 3 miles. The main attraction for most is the namesake Tumalo Falls, which can be seen within a few steps from the parking lot. Though the falls is indeed impressive, the real gems are the countless other cascades farther up the trail, where you’ll find more solitude and equally impressive scenery. And if the first half of the loop doesn’t make you fall in love with the area, the picturesque return route down Bridge Creek and through the Bend Watershed most certainly will.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

The Tumalo Falls–Bridge Creek route is an attractive loop that’s filled with plunging waterfalls, forested pine trails, and some good elevation for those seeking hill workouts. The area is popular among tourists, families, and countless hikers because of its accessibility and quick-payout-to-work ratio, but as with most wilderness trails, you’ll find that the crowds quickly thin within the first 2 or 3 miles.

The main attraction for most is the namesake Tumalo Falls, which can be seen within a few steps from the parking lot. Though the falls is indeed impressive, the real gems are the countless other cascades farther up the trail, where you’ll find more solitude and equally impressive scenery. And if the first half of the loop doesn’t make you fall in love with the area, the picturesque return route down Bridge Creek and through the Bend Watershed most certainly will.

© 2016 Lucas Alberg/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 7.1
Elevation Gain: 1,120 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Mid-June–October, sunrise–sunset Best: Summer
Local Contacts: Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest; 541-383-4000, www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes
Local Maps: Bend, Oregon, Trail Map by Adventure Maps, Inc. ($12, adventuremaps.net)
Driving Directions: Directions to Tumalo Falls

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