Tumalo Ridge Trail

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

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Tumalo Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Deschutes National Forest. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 4,835 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,326 feet.
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Tumalo Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Deschutes National Forest. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 4,835 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,326 feet. This trail connects with the following: Tumalo Creek Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Deschutes National Forest
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 1,326 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 4,835 feet
Top Elevation: 5,342 feet
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Tumalo Ridge Trail
Parks: Deschutes National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 4825/5342 ft
Elevation Start/End: 4835/4835 ft
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Trail Running Oregon

Trail Running Oregon

A grand singletrack trail journeys through a sunny pine-scented forest, along the contours of Tumalo Creek, and to a spectacular viewpoint of Tumalo Falls. This fun route takes you uphill through a pine-scented forest, through loads of green-leafed manzanita and along the banks of Tumalo Creek.

At the trail’s halfway point, you’ll get to soak in the gorgeous view of Tumalo Falls. After you check out the falls, put on your cruise control and sail downhill back to the trailhead. Rest rooms (no water) are available at the trailhead.

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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.

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Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon

Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon

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.

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Mountain Bike! Oregon

Mountain Bike! Oregon

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.

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May 2018