Tumalo Creek Trail

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain846ft
Trailhead Elevation4,752ft
Elevation Min/Max4752/4945ft
Elevation Start/End4752/4752ft

Tumalo Creek Trail

Tumalo Creek Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Deschutes National Forest. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 4,752 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 846 feet. The Skyliners Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: South Fork Trail, Tumalo Ridge Trail and Skyliners.

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press)
Lucas Alberg
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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." Read more
Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
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"This is one of the premier hikes in Oregon for waterfall lovers. At least three sizable cascades and as many as a dozen smaller falls populate the scenic creeks along the way. And it is all highlighted by the massive Tumalo. From the trailhead near the restrooms, climb a short way to a very popular lower viewpoint of Tumalo Falls. Lighting can be tricky here, so unless it’s an overcast day, you may want to return to this spot after the hike to try pictures in full afternoon light. Continue along the main path, and a short distance later, stay right at a junction. The forest here is rather new, having recovered from a 1979 forest fire." Read more

Tumalo Creek Trail Reviews

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Great hike. It starts out with a bit of an incline and then mellows out. The waterfalls are lovely and you can actually walk behind them. There is a whole trail network here to explore.

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Trail Information

Deschutes National Forest
Nearby City
Deschutes National Forest
Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest; 541-383-4000, www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes
Local Contacts
Bend, Oregon, Trail Map by Adventure Maps, Inc. ($12, adventuremaps.net)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018