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.

Tumalo Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"Tumalo Creek Trail heads into the woods (from a new trailhead facility), then pops out onto a hillside. Young trees and low manzanita bushes cover the slope. On its way to the falls, the trail hugs the hillside, offering lovely views of the rimrock cliffs that dominate the scenery to the north.

The waterfall can be admired from below or from a viewing platform at the top of the 90-foot falls. Portions of the trail are wide and road-like, other sections are winding single-track. Energetic beginners (with some single-track experience) should be able to enjoy this ride. The ride starts about 12 miles west of downtown Bend."

"If you’re in Bend looking for a simple but extremely rewarding route, keep this one on your short list. The Tumalo Valley is beautiful in all seasons, but the Tumalo Falls really show their wild beauty when surrounded by ice and snow. For some reason it’s a rare year that this low valley gets enough snow, but cross your fingers and watch the forecasts.

At one point way back in central Oregon’s history, this sno-park and nearby lodge were hosts to Bend’s first ski area. Now it’s the location for a summer science camp and the origination point for a few summer hiking trails. Park at the sno-park, walk down to the end of the road, turn right, cross Tumalo Creek on a large road bridge, and follow this road 2.5 miles up the wide, flat valley of Tumalo Creek. Stay on the north side of Tumalo Creek for the entire trip up the valley; you should see and hear the waterway at several points along the route."

"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."

"Ten miles west of Bend. Tread: singletrack. Hazards: The downhill edge of the trail collapsed in places and inattentive riders may be pitched into the brush."

"Tumalo Mountain gets a “backcountry” rating simply because it has no visible trail in winter. Otherwise this is a great, straightforward little climb up to one of the best views in the Three Sisters country. You can do the trip in about 4 to 5 hours. Its location is advantageous for a number of reasons. Because it’s the only conical butte besides Mount Bachelor across the road, it’s hard to get lost on its flanks.

What’s more, it’s right across the road from the Mount Bachelor Ski area, giving nonskiers in the group a chance to coordinate a day of snowshoeing with their friends’ desire to go skiing. Most of the scenic photographs you see in Mount Bachelor catalogs were taken from the top of this little mountain. In less than 2 hours of climbing this gradually sloping butte, you’ll face dramatic views of the Three Sisters mountains as well as a panoramic view of Oregon’s high plateau."

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)
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